How to Make DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint for Low Cost Summer Fun Outdoors

Looking for a fun summer activity for the kids? Why not try making your own sidewalk paint!

This DIY recipe is easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients.

Plus, it's a great way to get the kids outside and creative during the summer months!

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

You've heard of sidewalk chalk, but did you know that you can make your own sidewalk paint?

That's right, with a few simple ingredients you can create your own vibrant sidewalk paint to decorate your driveways and sidewalks.

Encourage your kids to get creative and use their artistic side to decorate the driveway, sidewalk, even your back porch with this easy to make and fun to use DIY sidewalk chalk paint.

How to Get Paint Off the Sidewalk

If you're like me, you're probably thinking that sidewalk chalk paint sounds great, but you need to know how to remove that paint from the sidewalk too!!

Good news, just as easily as the paint goes on, it washes away with water from a hose or the rain.

For tougher spots, scrub with a brush and soapy water.

If you're looking for an even more natural way to remove the paint, mix one part baking soda with two parts water to create a paste.

Apply the paste to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it away.

How to Make DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

What You'll Need:


1. In a large bowl, mix together the baking soda and cornstarch.

2. Stir in the water and mix until completely blended.

3. Divide the mixture into several containers. (Choose containers you don't mind getting stained.)

4. Add food colouring a drop at a time.

Stir well and continue until you get the desired shades.

5. Use paint brushes to apply paint to outdoor surfaces and go wild!

Sidewalk Chalk Paint Tips

Be aware that the mixture will settle quickly and be thick on the bottom.

Some of the food coloring may also separate. Just stir again before using.

Paint can be applied with sponge brushes but pouring the paint from a spoon or bottle is much easier.

There may be some staining on the sidewalk after just spraying the area.

It did fade within a couple of days, so if you're concerned about staining, test a small area first.

The paint doesn't last as long as store-bought sidewalk chalk but will still provide hours of fun for the kids (or adults!).

If the paint is too thick, add a little more water until desired consistency is reached.

Sidewalk Paint Ideas

Now that you've made a set of colourful sidewalk paint, it's time to get creative!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • Create a giant hopscotch board
  • Paint a life-size version of your favorite board game
  • Design a giant tic-tac-toe grid
  • Make a colourful path leading to your front door
  • Write messages or draw pictures for your neighbours
  • Paint your favourite animals or cartoon characters
  • Write inspirational quotes or fun sayings
  • Draw a rainbow, cloud, and maybe even an adorable unicorn
  • Paint your name and decorate each letter with a different paint colour or design

The possibilities are endless, so have fun and get creative!

Summer's such a great time to do fun activities together and spend the day using your imagination.

Sidewalk chalk paint is a great way to add some colour to your outdoor space and kids love it!

And the best part is, when you're done playing, just wash it away with water.

So go ahead and make a mess - it's all part of the fun!

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