Put chalk through a cheese grater for a DIY that can brighten up your home

Sidewalk chalk is a great way to pass the time on summer afternoons, but it can be a bit of a bummer when your masterpiece gets washed away by the next big rainstorm. Did you know that you can use sidewalk chalk for other crafty projects that don't involve drawing on hot cement?
Check out these neat ideas from a few crafty bloggers around the web.
1. Salty sand art
Who doesn't love colorful sand art with wavy layers of colors in a cute jar? Buying sand for them can get a bit expensive. For this project, simply run your chalk through a cheese grater (or a food processor, gently), and mix in a bit of salt. Then just add the different colors in layers until you get the look you want.
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Watch the full demonstration of the technique below:
2. Chalk hair
With summer in full swing, it might be a fun time to let your kids play around with their hair color. But most hair dyes aren't very healthy for little heads, and you might not want a permanent change. Instead, dip a piece of chalk into a bit of water and start coloring thin strands of hair (you might have to go over it a few times to get a darker color). The color should wash out in the shower (h/t Housing a Forest!).
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Below is a video demonstration of how this works. This is a great activity to do with kids' hair:
3. Chalk desk art
Create your own Zen garden with salt and sidewalk chalk. Similar to the first project on this list, you'll create colored sand from sidewalk chalk and salt. To create the sand, pour a handful of salt onto a sheet of white paper. Then rub your colored chalk against the salt until the salt turns the color you want. Repeat with each color. Place it in a bowl or container and add a few decorations to finish it off.
Check out this kid-friendly tutorial from Club Chica Circle, a sister-run blog that features arts and crafts for tween girls and their families. You'll even see videos featuring the girls doing the crafts outlined in the tutorials.
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Grab that leftover chalk and get to crafting! If you love these ideas, make sure to share them with your friends on Facebook.
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