Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Creative Uses for Colored Chalk

Looking for some creative uses for all of that colored chalk you've gathered over the years? We've found sooooo many creative uses for chalk, so we thought we'd share some with you. 


First off, know that you or your child (or even your dog) might return inside looking like this.  But it's washable, so it's all good!


We have quite a chalk collection to make our creations.  It wasn't hard to gather so much, since it's not too expensive.  You can buy it really cheap on clearance at the end of the summer! You can also check out some of my links below for good deals on chalk.


Lines and Pipes

The Jersey Momma's Boy started simple enough- he liked color and lines, and drawing both around you if you happened to be sitting down, like Mr. Jersey Momma here:


He eventually expanded to the whole driveway:


He liked using Crayola's chalk tools, too, like the brushes.  He made his own blurred lines.


Sometimes the lines would go down the driveway, too:


And then there were pipes, filled with chalk 'water:'


Our sweet Milo liked to sit with us when he was still alive.  His white fur would turn rainbow colored if he happened to sit on a creation:



Larger Than Life Drawings

Then the chalk drawings got larger.  And I mean really large. Like this life-size rainbow:


Or all nine planets across our whole driveway:


Sometimes we copied what we saw in our every day life.  This was our Halloween decor:


Using a Wet Canvas

Our friend Cher suggested we try chalk drawing on a wet surface.  So we tried it in the rain:


And hosing down our driveway canvas when it was sunny outside:


Outside the Box Ideas

Sometimes we used our chalk for games or projects.  We traced all of the cracks in the driveway to make what we called, 'jewels:'


And then we played a target game with the seed pods that fell from the trees. It was really fun because the pods smashed like mushy tomatoes when we threw them:


Now this was painstaking on my end, but well worth the effort- I often made chalk roads or chalk towns for the Jersey Momma's Boy to ride through on his bike.  Some of them were pretty elaborate, with shops, gas stations, houses and parks:


Using Chalk Tools

Sometimes we used more Crayola tools.  Like their stencils:


Or their rainbow rake:

Crayola's rainbow chalk rake has always been a favorite toy of ours!

We tried a Mandala stencil from Alex Toys:


And once we even made our own sidewalk chalk.  Stay tuned for the recipe!


Using Nature as a Canvas

And at times we moved way beyond the driveway and the sidewalk.  Like the trees:


Don't worry, it's non-toxic and washes off the tree really easily!


And the leaves on the deck (this was all the Jersey Momma's Boy's idea):


And then I got a little silly and decided to make some familiar faces on our log pile.  I spy Angry Birds!


Adults Can Have Fun, Too!

The rest are my creations.  I liked sitting on the driveway myself, on our favorite little quilt, drawing away. Here's a silly rainbow:


And a 'thank you' that the Jersey Momma's Boy posed next to for a picture. We used the photo to make cards at Shutterfly. They were a big hit after his birthday party, when we sent them to guests.


Let's not forget St. Patrick's Day...


Or Autumn...


Or Thanksgiving...


Or my favorite Chalk Garden, which eventually became The Jersey Momma logo!


Chalk-Inspired Projects

There are also some creative art projects you can make using colored chalk, like our DIY Chalk Sand Art. Check out my tutorial here.


So you see, you can do a lot of things with chalk, in any season. You just have to think outside the box!  

Oh, and by the way, if you like any of the chalk products I mentioned in this blog, you can purchase them from Amazon using my affiliate links below.

22 comments:

  1. I love this. How incredibly creative.

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  2. What a wonderful story of chalk, kids, adults, and wherever all mentioned went. Great pictures too. Good job with the pictorial journey into fun.

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  3. Wow, amazing pictures! I need a bigger driveway =)

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  4. WOW! Such creativity!
    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Thank you, Veronica! And thanks for visiting!

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  5. Amazing! Your son is very creative.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! He definitely has an artsy mind!

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  6. This is super cool. Especially if it doesn't rain for a few days. Masterpiece.

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    1. Thanks, Val! And sometimes it rains and the chalk stays- depends on how dark the little man is coloring at the time! lol

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  7. Great ideas. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can't wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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  8. Sooo many uses for chalk. My 3 year old was sitting next to me while I was reading this, asking "Mommy, is that a rainbow, look those are the birds" LOL Thanks for all the great suggestions. <3

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    1. Aw that makes me so happy!! Thanks, Kimberly!

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  9. Your family is so creative! I used to spend hours doing this is as a kid.

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    1. Aw, thanks! Me, too, it was one of our favorite things to do as kids. But we didn't have all of these cool color choices!!

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  10. I love the log pile ones! And what a beautiful rainbow! That is definitely hours worth of creativity! :)

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  11. Love the stencil! My kids always end up with rainbow bottoms too!

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    1. Thanks, Krystal! The rainbow bottoms (and hands and pants and everything!) are great!

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  12. So many great ideas! I wish we had a driveway that big for chalk drawing!

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    1. Thanks, Stefanie! It's like a giant canvas! lol

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