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 chart for other crafty projects that don't involve drawing on the hot cement?
Check out these neat ideas from a few crafty bloggers around the web.
1. Salty Sand Art
Who doesn't love the cute sand art with different layers of colors in a cute jar? Getting gets 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 you just add the different colors in layers until you get the look you want.
Check out the full project from Suzy's Arts-Craftsy Sitcom. This blog, by Susan Myers, includes more than 200 different arts and craft project tutorials that are budget friendly. The blog has more than 40,000 subscribers.
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 thing strands of hair (you may have to go over it a few times to get a darker color). The color should wash out in the shower.
Check out the easy hair tutorial from Housing a Forest. The blog features art tutorials, educational activities, and games for kids.
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 a 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. Then 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.
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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