Sidewalk Chalk Paint

As V gets older, I’ve noticed that she has started to get bored of her toys really quickly. Things start going downhill once Elmo and his fellow muppets are off screen, which is really way too early for me to start dealing with toddler drama… 8:30 am. I try to distract her with her toys, we dance to the top 40 pop hits, and watch books on dvd together.

I’d love to give her crayons, but P and I have learned our lesson. Testing toddler + crayons = COMPLETE CHAOS. The worst part about the crayons is the fact that they are the washable kind.  So when she decides to see how they taste, I end up having a kid with a purple smile and I have to rinse her toothbrush out 10 times before her mouth no longer looks like she ate Barney.

This sidewalk “chalk” paint is amazing stuff.  I’m not the first to come up with this and I know I won’t be the last.  A lot of recipes call for equal parts water and corn starch, but I decided to mix it up a little and try a few different recipes out.  I used the containers I had from the playdough to store all the sidewalk chalk paint in.

All three recipes have the same exact method of preparation. Fill a bowl with cold water and slowly whisk in the corn starch and then add the gel food coloring. I chose gel because it’s less likely to affect the consistency of the paint (plus I have a lot of it left), but I’m sure regular food coloring would work just fine.

Recipe #1 – Very thin, easiest to write/draw with.
2 parts cold water
1 part corn starch
Gel food coloring

Recipe #2 – Most common recipe out there, works well.
1 part cold water
1 part corn starch
Gel food coloring

Recipe #3 – Difficult to mix, but created a puffy style paint when allowed to drip of the brush.
1 part cold water
2 parts corn starch
Gel food coloring
Recipe number three was my favorite, but it was a pain to make and the corn starch starts to settle after time. You might need to add a tablespoon of water (or several) if it’s too thick and difficult to mix.

My mini Jackson Pollock decided she really wasn’t into “painting” and waving the brush was the best method to her madness.  It resulted in chalk paint in our hair, all over our faces and covered our clothes. Thankfully the stuff washes out no problem and it didn’t stain our skin at all. I didn’t want to risk dealing with food coloring staining our clothes, so be both wore dark colors.

Even though our sidewalk chalk paint adventure turned out to be a lot more messy than I had planned, I know V had a blast. She not so daintily painted the roses like the Queen of Hearts and tried to give my camera a little “color” as retribution for questioning her methods. She smiled non stop, laughed, and chatted me up the whole time. That in and of itself was worth doing another load of laundry, giving her a bath before naptime, and cleaning up a huge mess.

Have you tried sidewalk chalk paint before? I hope your little Picassos are a lot neater than mine!



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  1. 1

    This is such a neat idea!

  2. 2

    What a great idea! I don't have any kids (yet) but it still looks like a lot of fun! I've pinned this to share with friends :)

  3. 3

    Love the idea of painting with chalk…so much more scope to the imagination! I saw you at The Painted Pear Linky party…following you now! Hope you'll follow back!

  4. 4
    Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft says:

    Thanks so much for linking up! I just featured this project on my fb page:

  5. 5

    What a fun idea!

  6. 6

    Im so glad I found this post! I've been looking for a comparison of recipes for chalk! I'd love to have you share this with our readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays link up!

  7. 7
    Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy says:

    What a great project! SOoooo much fun! Thank you SO much for sharing and for the inspiration! :o) And thank you for linking up to Crafty Scrappy Happy's big blog party!!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  8. 8 says:

    Wow! Three recipes!! I love it! My kids will LOVE trying this in the summer!

    I host a weekly Friday Link Party and would love for you to link up!


  9. 9

    This is so adorably fun!! Oddly, I have lots of cornstarch on hand…may have to whip this one up tomorrow. Would be delighted for you to link up with us over at Mop It Up Mondays (at i should be mopping the floor):

    Have a great week!
    -your newest linky follower

  10. 10
    Jill @ says:

    Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this!

  11. 11

    My kids love this stuff! Glad to know I can just make my own!

  12. 12

    How fun just shared on my FB Page, one question did it wash out of your dark clothes at all?
    Come visit me at when you get a chance

  13. 13
    Caroline Musacchia says:

    So cute!! and a GREAT idea! thanks for sharing!

  14. 14
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Oh yeah, it washed out no problem! I washed it on a regular cycle and not a spot on anything. White & lights maybe a different story.

  15. 15
    Jenifer Harrod says:

    This is so cool! I will have to try this.

  16. 16
    Our Delightful Home says:

    Creative idea! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  17. 17

    Pinned your paint…can't wait to try:)

  18. 18

    I like it. Senior here BUT! but a kid inside. We have 5 children near us & I believe parenents wont mind. I'll make a color & show then make more. Thanks LOL