Recycled chalk paint is the perfect way to re-use and recycle small pieces of broken chalk and chalk left out in the rain.
My daughter and I LOVED working with chalk paint making shadow art on our driveway. It was like painting with dusty watercolors on a huge canvas!
It’s the perfect medium for outdoor process art that can be easily washed away!
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Recycled Chalk Paint
Recycled Chalk Paint: Materials
- Broken and/or water soaked pieces of sidewalk chalk
- 1 quart freezer bags (weak bags will get holes in them)
- Rubber mallet or hammer
- Metal pitcher or other container for water
- Old muffin tin or other containers
- Paint brushes
Recycled Chalk Paint: Directions
1. Collect old chalk and sort by color. This is a great color sorting activity for kids! Have your kids collect old pieces of chalk out of your chalk bin and sort them into a muffin tin or other containers.
2. Place each color of chalk in a separate freezer bag.
3. Use rubber mallet or hammer to gently crush chalk into a fine powder.
4. Add powdered chalk to muffin tin or other containers. One color per compartment.
5. Mix with water. Pour in a little at a time while mixing with a chopstick. You want it to be the consistency of pancake batter. (While painting you will need to have water available to continue to add to the paint. The powder gets think as you use it and continuously needs more water. I used a little metal pitcher for this.)
6. Allow to sit for 30-60 minutes before using.
Recycled Chalk Paint: Our Process
We used our chalk paint to make shadow art on our driveway–a fun hands-on outdoor STEAM activity. Click on the link to see all the fun pictures.
My daughter and I LOVED working with chalk paint. It was like working with dusty watercolors that constantly need water added to them. If you don’t add water they begin to solidify and get chunky.
The colors will look different wet than when they are fully dry. Any little chunks left in the paint can be easily crushed with the handle of a paint brush and mixed in.
I don’t recommend using this paint on an outdoor chalkboard because it runs. It is best to use on driveways, sidewalks, and playgrounds.
Recycled Chalk Paint: Summary
Making recycled chalk paint is a great way to recycle old broken and water soaked pieces of sidewalk chalk. The vibrant colors look beautiful painted on sidewalks and driveways.
Chalk paint is the perfect medium for outdoor process art that can easily be washed away. It’s also great for homeschool and STEAM activities.
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