Making mosaic sidewalk chalk art is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to keep your kids entertained. The best part? All you need are a couple of simple supplies and your imagination!
What is Sidewalk Chalk Mosaic Art?
Recently, my son and I started a series of sidewalk chalk mosaic designs. Sidewalk chalk drawing makes a cheap, fun summer activity for kids of all ages. We have used chalk for years, drawing the typical shapes, words, and hopscotch squares.
But we wanted to try something different.
After some deliberation, we decided to give mosaic chalk art a try. After all, it seemed simple enough, right?
And all we needed to make a design were colorful chalk, painter’s tape, and inspiration.
Here is a peek at our first design:
Pretty cool, right? And it only took us an hour to make.
This activity is a fun, easy way to add some color and personality to your outdoor space. Basically, it’s a marriage of sidewalk chalk and mosaic art.
A mosaic is a piece of art made from smaller pieces of material called tesserae. The tesserae are usually made from glass, ceramic, or stone (in this case, chalk) and are arranged in patterns to create a larger design.
The Romans first developed mosaics, and they quickly became popular because of their ability to add color and beauty to a space.
The coolest part about chalk mosaics? The possibilities are endless when it comes to designing your shapes. You can go for a simple design or get creative with patterns.
Use your imagination and have fun!
But how exactly do you create one of these designs?
How to Make a Sidewalk Chalk Mosaic
Step 1: Decide on your design.
When it comes to sidewalk chalk mosaics, the sky’s the limit in terms of design inspiration. To get started, look at some mosaic pictures online or in books. Notice the different shapes and colors used in various designs.
Then, start sketching out some ideas of your own on paper. Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you prefer to freestyle your design, you can skip this step!
For our first design, my son and I chose a simple heart; for the second, a butterfly.
We enjoyed this activity so much that I ordered a few mosaic coloring books to use as inspiration for future projects.
Our third design may be our best one yet!
No matter what you choose to do, make your first design an easier one. It takes tons of time to set the design in painter’s tape.
Step 2: Outline the design on the driveway or sidewalk with painter’s tape.
Once you’ve got a few ideas, it’s time to start transferring them to the pavement.
Using painter’s tape, start by laying down a large outline of your design.
Note: You don’t have to use painter’s tape for this. For our first design, we used a combination of masking tape and duct tape. Once we knew we wanted to create more designs, I invested in better-quality tape.
Once you complete the outline of your design (examples: square, heart, diamond, etc.), begin filling in the outline with smaller shapes. If you want, you can use different tape sizes to create a more vibrant design.
Fill in your entire design with different-sized shapes.
Creating the outline in the tape is the most time-consuming part of designing chalk mosaics.
Once you finish the foundation, it’s smooth sailing from there!
Step 3: Fill in the design with desired colors of sidewalk chalk.
Now comes the fun part! Use your sidewalk chalk to fill in the open spots of your design.
When filling in a sidewalk chalk mosaic, there are a few things to keep in mind to get the best results:
First, choose colors that complement each other and create a cohesive design.
Second, fill in the mosaic slowly and carefully. Taking your time will prevent mistakes and ensure you distribute the colors evenly.
You need a least two colors to give your design a mosaiced look.
My son and I used six colors for our mosaic chalk heart. Because we liked this activity so much, I ordered a box of 20 different colors to use for our second design. I’m glad I ordered more colors because our butterfly looked impressive with various colors!
Step 4: Pull up the painter’s tape.
The most satisfying part of this project is pulling up the painter’s tape.
Start by removing the smaller piece near the design’s center first. Pull the tape toward the edge of the design so you minimize spreading chalk dust into the smaller chalk tiles.
Remove all of the painter’s tape.
There you have it! You finished your design.
Here is a peek at our second design:
6 Tips for Making Sidewalk Chalk Mosaics
- Pick a template for your first design. Look for easy-to-follow templates online or in coloring books. If you’re feeling creative, you can also design your own template. Sketch it out on paper first!
- Use lots of small pieces of painter’s tape for mosaic details. Overlap them to get the shape you want.
- Use a ruler or straight edge to help you create clean lines.
- Begin by filling in the center of your design and then move outward from there. For best results, use short strokes and overlap each color slightly.
- Create shading and highlights to add depth to your design. Try using two shades of each color side by side. You can also use white chalk to highlight specific areas.
- Add personal details! Once the basic colors are in place, you can add finishing touches like names, initials, or small images.
Try mosaic chalk art if you’re looking for a fun and unique way to spice up your sidewalk. With some planning and colorful chalk, you can transform any dull concrete into a work of art.
Mosaic Chalk Art Supplies: What You’ll Need
What you need:
- Painter’s Tape (We use both 1-inch tape and 2-inch tape.)
- Sidewalk Chalk
- For extra flair, try Specialty Chalk like this or this. You can even find nontoxic toddler chalk.
Once you’ve assembled your supplies, it’s time to start planning your design. When you finish, stand back and admire your handiwork!
For another fun activity to do with your kids, try Blackout Poetry!
Mosaic Chalk Art Ideas & Inspiration
You don’t need to be an artist to make great sidewalk chalk shapes. Some of the simplest designs can be the most eye-catching. For example, a few well-placed stripes can turn a dull circle into a vibrant sun. Or, a few swirls can transform a square into an elegant butterfly.
If you’re looking for ideas for moderate difficulty sidewalk chalk shapes, here are a few suggestions:
- A spiral is a classic shape that looks impressive and isn’t too challenging to create.
- Try a mandala or other geometric design for something a little more challenging.
- You can also get creative with negative space and create an image by filling in around it with chalk.
- If you’re feeling ambitious, try creating a 3D effect by shading in your chalk drawing.
With practice, anyone can create beautiful mosaic sidewalk chalk art. All you need is some colorful chalk and a few simple supplies. Once you have assembled your supplies, it’s time to start planning your design. If you’re looking for inspiration, look at some of the ideas we’ve provided. You can transform any dull concrete into a work of art with creativity. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!
For another fun activity to do with your kids, try a Chain Story!