create kiddo: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

It’s been so much warmer here lately & the kiddos want to be outside every waking moment (can you blame them!?).  They were powering through their sidewalk chalk faster than a speeding train.  It was time to regroup.  There are a ton of homemade chalk recipes out there, but this is how I made our Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint & it worked really well – plus I’ve included a really large egg stencil that I made for you – PERFECT for some sidewalk chalk art :)

This activity is TRULY very easy to make & create – and can be done last minute (you probably already have the ingredients).  And, if you reuse an old Styrofoam egg carton or plastic apple case that you can just throw away after you use it, it makes clean up even easier.

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

Here’s what you’ll need to make this happen


Here’s how to make it happen

  • Start by printing out the egg stencil here.
  • Laminate it and then cut it out using your X-ACTO knife on the cutting board in the desired shape.  We tried it two ways – creating two different shapes to stencil.

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

  • Next, add a heaping tablespoon full of cornstarch to your painting container for each color you are using.
  • Add approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of water to each cornstarch heap.
  • Stir completely with mini whisk, scooping & scraping from the bottom as you mix.  Mixture should be a combination of runny & thick.
  • Add 1-2 drops of food coloring to each cornstarch/water combos; Stir more with whisk to combine.  We kept ours quite simple with just three colors.

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

That’s basically it!  Just bring your homemade sidewalk chalk paint outside, along with some extra water, cornstarch, & food coloring to replenish along the way if you are out for a long period of time (or if a kiddo spills – which most likely will happen :)

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint | @mamamissblog #chalk #homemadepaint #outdoorplay

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  1. My kids would LOVE this! We are big fans of chalking but we have to play in the am before the triple temps melt us away, haha! Your photos are so pretty, btw! Thanks for the tutorial (: We’d love for you to share at our link party over the weekend! XO

  2. samantha wright says:

    the only thing im worried about is if it will stain clothing.

    • Not sure Samantha. Food coloring does usually stain – but it’s diluted by the other ingredients. My recommendation would be just to put the kiddos in old clothes that are okay to get stained, just in case :) xx

  3. Hi! I’ve been following your blog fairly regularly for a while now, having come across it via my good old friend’s blog This street chalk paint was loads of fun for my 8,6 and 4 year olds. I think my 1yr.old was napping. Cornstarch has a hilarious consistency. Have you ever tried a cornstarch foot massage? Soak your feet for a while, dry with a towel and then (of course, have someone else do this part!) massage the feet with cornstarch over a large bowl or towel. It feels so weird but amazing!

  4. What a fun idea to use the paint with stencils. I’ve had great experiences making this kind of paint at home. Nothing beats the price and my daughter & her friends love it! I’ll definitely have to give it a go with stencils next time. Thanks so much for the idea!

  5. This is an awesome idea, my daughter loves chalk! I saw you on the Strut your stuff party..

  6. What an awesome idea! I posted a chalk paint craft before but I think you did a more of a creative take on it. Super cute pinning and sharing for sure!


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