This DIY Chalk paint recipe is super easy and is perfect to use to combine creativity with outdoor time.
Sidewalk chalk paint is a great way to get the kids outdoors and creating beautiful art. We like to use this washable sidewalk chalk paint at all times of the year! Made with three simple ingredients and a handful of supplies, it’s a fast and simple DIY activity that the kids will love.
If you’re looking for a creative art activity that the kids can do outside, this messy play art is so much fun.
Check out our Colored Salt Butterfly for another super fun and creative idea.
Best DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Did you know that you can create your own chalk paint if you have chalk at home?
And if you don’t have chalk at home, don’t stress! I can show you an alternate recipe too.
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- Sidewalk Chalk
- Baking Soda
- One bowl for each color, or a sectioned bowl – or a muffin tin
- Paint Brushes here are the the brushes I used. I threw them away when we were done with the activity.
- Meat Tenderizer to break up the chalk.
Check out this video to see how easy it is to do this activity:
HOW TO MAKE SIDEWALK CHALK PAINT
Take your pieces of chalk (we used sidewalk chalk) and place the colors into different sealable bags.
Use a meat cleaver or hammer and break them up inside the bag.
Pour the chalk powders into different bowls or a cupcake pan and add 1 Tablespoon of baking soda to each. Add in some water a little bit at a time and mix. Repeat.
Continue doing this process until you get the paint to be the right consistency – thin but not too thin.
It’s time to start painting outside on the sidewalk! Decorate those driveways! This is where this homemade sidewalk chalk paint is awesome! The kids will have a blast painting on the sidewalk and showing off their latest and greatest art creations.
You’ll also be able to use this recipe to paint stepping stones, rocks, and more! Just keep in mind that it will wash off, so this is perfect for temporary creative time.
Homemade chalk paint recipe without chalk
Don’t have chalk? No problem!
Prep each of the colors in a separate bowl: Add 1 cup of cornstarch to 1 cup of water (It’s a 1 to 1 ratio)… Stir and mix it together. Add in your food coloring to each separate bowl until you get a smooth consistency.
Then take your paint mixture outside and enjoy painting!
This one has a bit of a matte finish. You can use it with a normal paintbrush or a foam brush too.
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Does sidewalk chalk paint wash off?
It does. This will not be a permanent paint solution, but it is a safe and fun way for the kids to be creative on your own sidewalk.
The positive side of painting with temporary paint is that it also means that it’s an activity that the kids can do over and over again! If it washes off, that just means that they get another chance to create the artwork of their dreams.
Does chalk paint stain concrete?
It shouldn’t. Since you’re just using chalk, it should come clean without leaving any sort of permanent staining. If you’re worried about it staining, you can do a small test area and let it dry. Then use a hose or sponge and water to see if it comes off.
The longer that the paint stays on the sidewalk, the more chance it staining.
Will chalk paint wash off in the rain?
It will! Talk to the kids about this so that they know that it’s going to wash off if it rains. But the good news means that they’ll be able to start over and paint something new again!
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Chalk Paint Recipe
- For each color add 1 cup of water to 1 cup of cornstarch.
- Mix thouroughly to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Add food coloring and mix again.
- Repeat the above steps for each color.