DIY Sidewalk Chalk Pumpkins

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 Are you looking for something Halloween that doesn’t involve candy?  Or need a little gift to give an entire classroom full of kids but don’t want to spend a lot of money?  I actually wanted both for my youngest daughter.  It seems like both of my children get tons of candy from parties in their classrooms and with Trick or Treating.  I thought how fun would it be to make something for kids that they would have fun using at home and didn’t cost an arm and a leg to make.  ***Please note-I have given out non candy items before for various holidays, but have always put a little gift tag on each of them saying exactly what they are so children don’t eat them.  In all of the excitement of the parties at school or at home, I make sure that everyone knows or the teacher let’s them know that they’re not edible.

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Here’s What You Need:

Recipe for Sidewalk Chalk:

1 1/2 Cups of Plaster of Paris

3/4 Cup of Water

Add Tempera Paint -Add a little bit for lighter colored chalk.  Add a little more for darker colored chalk.  4 to 5 Tbs. roughly for the darker colored chalk.

Step 1:  Add the Plaster of Paris to the container.  Then add in the water.  Mix this thoroughly.  Add the tempera paint next.  This will change the consistency of the mixture a bit.  But, keep stirring until all of the paint is mixed throughout.

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Step 2:  Take the mixture and scoop it into the silicon pumpkin molds.  Make sure to pack the mixture into the molds.  Once the molds have been completely filled, smooth the pumpkins out using a Popsicle stick.  Scrape the top and remove the excess Plaster of Paris.  Have a trash bag close by that you can easily dump the excess into.

Step 3:  Let these dry for at least 24 hours.  If you have little ones at home, this will be very hard. 🙂  My youngest was itching to use these once I was finished.  The sidewalk chalk should be dry to the touch.

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 These turned out so cute!  It’s a win win for Mom and my daughter.  She loves these and can’t wait to give them to her class.  Honestly, besides a little mess…these were super easy to make.

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Are You Doing Any DIY For Halloween?

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores would love to see what you are making for Halloween.  Use the hashtag #DIY4Halloween when you share your latest creations on social media for a chance to be featured by JoAnn Fabric and Craft. Plus, they have lots of Halloween inspiration with great ideas.  You should check out the mummy pumpkin they made.  I love it!  Check all of the Halloween fun out here!

Enjoy!

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