We spend a lot of time outdoors. In the evenings, my girls along with many of the neighbors’ kids love to come over to play on our driveway. I usually have a lot of fun activities for them to do and the fact that it’s shaded in the evening makes it a bit more enticing to the kids. Who wants to play in the hot beaming sun when you can enjoy the shade?
Recently, the kids found my stash of store bought sidewalk paint. Before I could really say anything, they had poured most of it out and used up the majority of my paint within minutes! I wasn’t upset, but I realized that I was out of paint and I thought it would last me all summer!
Instead of buying more paint, I decided to make my own. I’ve heard about making sidewalk paint before but never tried it. If I would have known how easy it was to make a while ago, I would have been making it for years instead of purchasing it from the store!
To make sidewalk chalk paint, all you need is corn starch, water, and food coloring! I actually had all of these ingredients at my house at the time, so there was no need to run to the store to purchase anything. I did however purchase plastic squeeze bottles so that I could easily store the sidewalk chalk paint.
How to Make Liquid Sidewalk Chalk
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of corn starch
- 1 cup of water
- food coloring
- plastic squeeze bottles
- small containers or cups
- In a two cup measuring cup, add one cup of water and one cup of corn starch.*
- Add about 10 drops of food coloring.**
- Stir well and pour the mixture into the squeeze bottle.
- Shake well before using!
- Squeeze mixture into a small cup or container.
- Using paintbrushes, paint the sidewalk with the sidewalk chalk paint!
*When working with the corn starch, it can get messy! I recommend placing something like a paper towel or pan under the area you’ll be working with to prevent corn starch from getting all over the place.
**Please note: You can add more food coloring for brightness, but make sure you do a color test on your sidewalk to make sure it doesn’t stain. By adding more food coloring, the chances of the sidewalk paint leaving a stain is higher. Keep reading to see how my stain test went.
Gather Your Paint Brushes and Painting Cups
We used several types of paintbrushes as well as small cups to hold our paint mixture while painting. If there’s paint left after painting, you can easily pour the sidewalk chalk paint mixture into the squeeze bottles so that it’s not wasted!
Complete a Stain Test Before Using
I completed a stain test on my sidewalk before using our paint. I have a small power washer that I use to clean our driveway off, so after painting, I let it dry and made sure the paint washed off well with the power washer. I did use more blue food coloring than red or yellow, so my blue section did stain a little and the others did not. I poured a small amount of the mixture out and diluted it with water, ran the test again, and it didn’t stain.
I also recommend the kids wearing play clothes when using this paint since it can stain clothing!
Paint Fun Pictures!
Get creative with your paint and let the kids paint fun designs on the sidewalk! When not in use, contents will settle in the bottles. Simply shake the bottles up well before using again!