Easy to make sidewalk chalk paint with 3 simple, household pantry ingredients!
Summer is here and we are so excited to share with you this easy way to make side walk chalk paint with simple household ingredients.
You wont need much more than some baking soda, coloring and corn starch to whip up bright, beautiful side walk chalk paint. The great thing about being able to make your own at home, is that you can customize your colors for any type of design. Plus, using food coloring, makes the colors vibrant and bold for all your creative awesomeness!
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Let’s get started!~ First you need to gather the following items:
Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe
- 1/3rd Cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- 1/3rd Cup Corn Starch
- Water as needed (we used 1/2 a cup)
- Food Coloring
- Squeeze Bottles with Lids
Best Coloring for DIY Projects
You can easily use any store bought food coloring, the same you would buy for cake icing, that look like this image below.
That being said, my very favorite coloring that produces the brightest colors is the Wilton Color Right Performance Food Coloring.
I keep this color on hand for all my crafts because its super saturated and works great for projects like this as well as the brightest slime.
Squeeze Bottles with Lids
Typically over the summer, you will find these squeeze bottles with lids available in the picnic kitchen products (where you could find ketchup, mustard and oil bottles). They can also be found in the baking decorating for melting chocolate.
Additionally they sell them at places like Dollar General in the party section.
How to make Sidewalk Chalk Paint
To get started on making sidewalk chalk paint, you first have to combine your baking soda and corn starch.
Then add enough water, about a half a cup, to make your chalk paint into a liquid.
You can continue to add more water until you have a good consistency when mixed.
After all the colors are ready, use a funnel to slowly pour your mixture into bottles.
Trim bottle lids to have an opening large enough for mixture to flow freely. The paint is not complete liquid, therefore needs a larger opening for easy flow.
Make sure you leave extra air into the bottles (do not fill all the way to the top and if you do, just pour some back out) so you can shake your bottles up if there is any product settling.
Once you are totally done with your colors, head outside to play! As you use the sidewalk chalk paint, it will dry into beautiful designs on the concrete.
If mixture settles, put finger on opening of lid and shake well before continued usage.
Check out below to learn how to clean up after play time is over!
How to clean up Chalk Paint
I think one of the biggest complaints people (moms in general!) have is cleaning up messy craft projects like this chalk paint. Its true that adding food coloring to projects can cause temporary staining on clothing, fingers, and even sidewalk concrete.
Personally I have never had a problem with messes.
Ill clean up paint, glitter, holipowder, pretty much anything if we can have some messy play.
My grandmother, however, outwardly groans if she even sees us head to the craft closet.
If you do embark on this project, chances are you going to make a bit of a mess- that’s half the fun.
Here is how you clean it up.
- CLOTHING: Typically most food coloring comes out of clothes with a good wash, but to be on the safe side, its best to always keep a paint shirt. I find the cheap ones at the Dollar General work great.
- CONCRETE: As far as your side walk, first rinse the side walk off with water to remove loose baking soda and corn starch particles. This will also take off some of the coloring like yellow and orange pretty easily, but leave stronger colors (like blue) still on the side walk. Then use a cleaning spray with bleach, like a Clorox spray, and spray the rest of the concrete where you have any left over color. It comes off concrete just in about 30 seconds and good as new.
- HANDS– Takes a bit longer to fade food coloring, but a few washes and most should be gone.
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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint
- Squeeze Bottles with Lids
- Measuring Cups
- Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 1/3rd cup
- Corn Starch 1/3rd cup
- Water as needed we used 1/2 a cup
- Food Coloring
- First, to prep the bottle, snip a large but not too large opening on squeeze bottle lids. This mixture is thicker than water and cannot go through a tiny hole in the lid. May need to be adjusted once you start using the bottles to be the right flow.
- Measure 1/3rd cup Baking Soda and 1/3rd Cup Corn Starch into a bowl, making sure to level your measuring cup.
- Pour powders into bowl.
- Add food coloring to bowl
- Add water, starting with a 1/2 a cup, until chalk paint is liquid and easy to stir.
- Pour paint into a squeeze bottle by funnel, leaving space at the top to shake.
- Finish with all colors and then use outside on concrete.
- Please reference article for clean up.