Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I know I’ve already mentioned it a few times, but I just had to revisit one of our favorite (and inexpensive!) outdoor Summer activities – homemade sidewalk chalk painting! It is SO much fun that I couldn’t resist bringing it up one more time!

The recipe we usually follow calls for a 1:1 ratio of cornstarch and water, but today we used a bit more water (closer to a 2:1 ratio) and found that we liked it even better. We were able to paint longer brushstrokes without needing to reload the paintbrush, which is always great for the younger kids. Food coloring is used to add the color, but you should note that the colors will dry much lighter on the sidewalk than they appear in the paint tin.

Painting their hands and feet and making hand/footprints was a big hit today. The paint washes off extremely easily with water, and we didn’t run into any problems with the food coloring staining skin or concrete.

Since the entire batch of paint only costs about $.25 to make, I never have to worry about them ruining expensive paints when it comes time to experiment with color mixing (Sutton’s specialty!).

You can’t have sidewalk chalk without making hopscotch!

Hope you’re having a fun weekend too!


  1. says

    If you make it the night before will it stay covered in the fridge or just covered??? I am in love with this idea btw. We are having a “baby pool party” at our house. This will be the craft for the kids!!!

  2. says

    @ Bumble Baybees – I tried replying to your comment via email, but you have your return address turned off :)

    I have made this paint and left it out (covered) for a couple of days, and it has been fine. After about three days it does start to get a little stinky, so maybe just plan on making it the day before. Usually it doesn’t last that long around here anyway! I’ve never tried putting it in the fridge, so I’m not sure if that would help it keep longer :)

  3. Anonymous says

    One question; does it stain their clothes? I’d love to do this with my sister’s kids and I need to know if I need to grab ‘play clothes’ for them.

  4. Anonymous says

    Have you tried using this on an actual chalk board? I would love to have a an alternative to drawing with chalk on my framed chalk board that I have to document my pregnancy.

    • says

      Yes! We’ve used it on our outdoor chalkboards (homemade with plywood and chalkboard paint), and it works great. You may need to use a bit of water to help remove it as it tends to stick to the chalkboard more than normal chalk does.


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