This simple sidewalk paint practically guarantees your kids will have hours of fun. You can easily make this recipe with ingredients you already have at home, for just pennies. Give this outdoor chalk paint a try and see what creative designs your children come up with.
An affordable DIY project that doesn’t require me to go to the store? Sign me up! Even better, this sidewalk paint is a simple enough project that your kids can make it all on their own. And when they’re done…they’ll play with it for hours! Seriously, moms, this one is an all-around home run!
DIY Sidewalk Paint
Painting is a favorite activity for kids, if not for moms (mess anyone?), but when you take it outside as sidewalk chalk paint, you’ve got a winner for everyone.
Not only for all the reasons above but for the sole fact that kids will be painting (happily!) outside. Yup, you heard me right—your children will be happily painting and the mess will stay outside, so we moms get to keep our sanity too. But this isn’t just any ol’ paint.
This kid-friendly sidewalk paint combines paint with chalk for an extra fun version. When kids paint the sidewalk chalk onto the driveway or sidewalk, it will dry into a pretty chalk creation later. And just like chalk, this outdoor chalk paint will vanish with water.
Honestly, I can hardly think of a better outdoor activity for warm summer days!
By the way, if you are looking for an indoor paint to use, I recommend this homemade puffy paint. Kids love it!
How to Make DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Like all the kids’ activities we share, DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint for Kids is super easy to make. It’s so simple, kids can help or even make it all by themselves!
And all you need are a couple common household ingredients and food coloring.
Ingredients for Outdoor Chalk Paint
For each batch, you’ll need:
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 3/4-1 cup water
- food coloring (for bright vivid colors, use food color gel.)
- paint brushes or squeeze bottles
If you want to “spray” the paint on as my kids did, you can find squeeze bottles on Amazon.
Note: we tried and tried to get this sidewalk chalk paint to work in spray bottles (how fun would THAT be?!) but it either clogged the bottle or was so watery, it wasn’t worth it. After 5 or 6 different batches, we gave up and switched to squeeze bottles instead. They work great and my kids loved them!
You can also use paintbrushes or sponges for this fun activity. I like to rotate what we use to keep my kids busy and happy.
How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint:
Start with 3/4 to 1 cup of water in a bowl or measuring cup. If you’re using the squeeze bottles I recommend 1 cup of water. If you’re using paintbrushes, it can be a little thicker so I’d only use 3/4 cup water.
Pour 1/3 cup corn starch into the water.
Stir it up with a spoon or whisk, breaking up any clumps.
Next, add 1/3 cup baking soda.
Stir it up, again breaking apart any clumps.
Pour into your squeeze bottle. (You can skip this step if you’re using paintbrushes; instead, pour it into a small container)
Lastly, squeeze a few drops of food color into the mixture. We use Americolor food gel for the bright vivid colors we get. (A little goes a long way and the bottles last forever!)
You can add more color for brighter colors, but a word of caution: have the kids wear junk clothes! Or simply use less color, but keep in mind the sidewalk chalk paint won’t show up as well on the pavement.
Put the top on your squeeze bottle and shake it well to mix up the color.
That’s it! See how easy?
Do this for as many batches and different colors of DIY sidewalk chalk paint you want to make.
How to Use the DIY Chalk Paint
I left large bags/containers of baking soda and cornstarch outside for my kids to use and they made lots. It was a fun way to keep them occupied for an afternoon while I finished some work inside.
My kids loved mixing different colors and sometimes just spraying randomly to see what happened.
See how the color start drying? This homemade sidewalk paint has a pretty chalk-like finish.
Even our chickens had to check out our sidewalk chalk paint! They were quite curious and tried tasting it. Thank goodness, it’s non-toxic!
And that’s DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint for kids!
Your children will love this fun activity and you might even want to join them for a chalk painting party! Pin the post on Pinterest to save the instructions for later.
Great idea! I love that you only need a few ingredients to make this. I also like that you put the paint in squeeze bottles. I’ll have to make some of this for my kids this summer.
This is something my nephew would have loved when he was younger. Actually, he would probably still love it. He loves to do his drawing on big paper.
What a fun summer activity. I love that it’s non toxic!
This looks like such a great summer activity thatI know my son would love!! I can’t wait to try it out!
My kids have been seeing this in the stores and I KNEW it has to be easy to make! Thank you!
Jan Neumann says
Once it’s dry, is the chalk paint permanent on the sidewalk or does it wash off ?
Does it last. Can you make ahead of time or does it dry out?
Is it permanent or does it wash off?
We didn’t have any issues with it washing off. If your child wears a white shirt, I can’t promise there won’t be any stains, but for us, we had no problem. Have fun!
Angela Simon de Carvalho says
Thanks for sharing the recipe. I simply loved the fact that your chicken tried to eat it!
Chicken are funny.
Best wishes from Brazil
Can this be used on a wall with chalkboard paint also? Looking to make marty decorations with chalkboard paint that can be washed off & reused every year.
Hi Catherine, yes you can use it inside too!
Great idea! Gonna try it this week!
Does it come off the sidewalk? like regular chalks?
Hi Enav! Yes, a quick spray from the hose will clear it right up.
Can you make ahead of time?
Yes you should be able to. I’d probably use it within 2-3 days. Just make sure you shake well before using.