I recently read a tutorial on making sidewalk chalk out of plaster. This led me to think, if chalk could be made from plaster, than we could sculpt chalk like we would plaster.
So I made a chalk lighthouse.
The United States has the largest number of lighthouses of any country in the world (about 680). They represent history, architecture and design. A lighthouse is a ubiquitous symbol of vacation souvenirs, which is why I thought this makes a great, giftable craft project. After making the chalk lighthouse, you could collect stones or seashells to decorate the base, or make a toothpick flag to go on top featuring the name of your vacation spot.
– sidewalk chalk
– Mini flat-head screwdriver (you can also use a toothpick or straightened paperclip, it just takes longer)
– washable markers or paint
– Emery board
To create the lighthouse, scrape a slight indent into the chalk about an inch in height, and a 1/2″ from the tip of the chalk. This will be the window area. Using the Emery board, round the tip of the chalk. Chisel a small nub of chalk at the very top with the screwdriver.
Lighthouses’ different designs serve as daymarkers. Add decorative details with markers or paint to create one of the 680 US lighthouses or try something unique that is all your own!