Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

For Easter two years ago, the Easter Bunny brought the kids some sidewalk chalk paint.  It came with stamps and was a huge hit!  However, it was REALLY expensive at over $20 a kit and it only lasted about 30 minutes.   

I started googling for DIY  sidewalk chalk paint and came across a ton of recipes.   I cannot remember where this one came from, but it is very simple and quick.  We tried the recipes with flour, but it does not work as well.

To make Sidewalk Chalk Paint you only need:

  • A container to hold the paint (I prefer a muffin tin as it is sturdy and not breakable outdoors!)
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Paint brushes
Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Kids can help with every step! It is great practice for them to learn to how to measure the cornstarch. Having them pour into each tin is great for developing fine motor skills.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

They love to help mix the cornstarch and water together.  Depending on age they may make a little bit of a mess, but it is easy to clean up! 

My boys LOVE to add the food coloring.  Experimenting with different combinations is part of the fun!  We also use this as an exercise to for primary and secondary colors.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Once the colors are all mixed we head outside and find some surface to paint.  While our preference is concrete sidewalks, the paint shows up on decks and our blacktop drive as well. 

When the paint dries it looks just like chalk, but your hands do not get the chalk dust and you have limitless color options! 

Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Sidewalk Chalk Paint

If you had fun with our Sidewalk Chalk Paint you should check out our Homemade Washable Window Paint!

Sidewalk Chalk Paint!

DIY Sidewalk chalk paint is a fun outdoor activity to do with the kids and saves a ton of money over buying at the store!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Arts & Crafts
Cuisine: Arts & Crafts, Kid crafts, Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Keyword: DIY sidewalk chalk, DIY sidewalk chalk paint, sidewalk art, sidewalk chalk art, sidewalk chalk art ideas, sidewalk chalk paint, sidewalk chart art for kids
Yield: 1 Chalk Color
Author: Heather
Cost: $5


  • Muffin tin
  • Paint brushes


  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • Food Coloring


  • Put 2 teaspoons of cornstarch into a non-breakable container (I prefer using a muffin tin).
  • Add 2 tablespoons of warm water.
  • Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  • Add the food coloring to each tin to the desired color (usually 5-10 drops per container).
  • Mix thoroughly and start painting!

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