DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint for Kids

This simple sidewalk paint practically guarantees your kids will have hours of fun. You can easily make this recipe with ingredients you already have at home, for just pennies. Give this outdoor chalk paint a try and see what creative designs your children come up with. 

Pinterest graphic for outdoor sidewalk paint DIY.

An affordable DIY project that doesn’t require me to go to the store? Sign me up! Even better, this sidewalk paint is a simple enough project that your kids can make it all on their own. And when they’re done…they’ll play with it for hours! Seriously, moms, this one is an all-around home run!

DIY Sidewalk Paint

Painting is a favorite activity for kids, if not for moms (mess anyone?), but when you take it outside as sidewalk chalk paint, you’ve got a winner for everyone.

Not only for all the reasons above but for the sole fact that kids will be painting (happily!) outside. Yup, you heard me right—your children will be happily painting and the mess will stay outside, so we moms get to keep our sanity too. But this isn’t just any ol’ paint.

This kid-friendly sidewalk paint combines paint with chalk for an extra fun version. When kids paint the sidewalk chalk onto the driveway or sidewalk, it will dry into a pretty chalk creation later. And just like chalk, this outdoor chalk paint will vanish with water.

Honestly, I can hardly think of a better outdoor activity for warm summer days!

Bottles of colorful sidewalk paint in a line


How to Make DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Like all the kids’ activities we share, DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint for Kids is super easy to make. It’s so simple, kids can help or even make it all by themselves!

And all you need are a couple common household ingredients and food coloring.

Sidewalk paint in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple lined on concrete ground

Ingredients for Outdoor Chalk Paint

For each batch, you’ll need:

If you want to “spray” the paint on as my kids did, you can find squeeze bottles on Amazon.

Ingredients for sidewalk paint

Note: we tried and tried to get this sidewalk chalk paint to work in spray bottles (how fun would THAT be?!) but it either clogged the bottle or was so watery, it wasn’t worth it. After 5 or 6 different batches, we gave up and switched to squeeze bottles instead. They work great and my kids loved them!

You can also use paintbrushes or sponges for this fun activity. I like to rotate what we use to keep my kids busy and happy.

How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint:

Start with 3/4 to 1 cup of water in a bowl or measuring cup. If you’re using the squeeze bottles I recommend 1 cup of water. If you’re using paintbrushes, it can be a little thicker so I’d only use 3/4 cup water.

Pour 1/3 cup corn starch into the water.

adding corn starch to water to make diy chalk 

Stir it up with a spoon or whisk, breaking up any clumps.

Stirring ingredients to make sidewalk chalk

Next, add 1/3 cup baking soda.

baking soda being added to a diy sidewalk chalk base

Stir it up, again breaking apart any clumps.

Pour into your squeeze bottle. (You can skip this step if you’re using paintbrushes; instead, pour it into a small container)

Pouring diy sidewalk paint mixture into squirt bottles

Lastly, squeeze a few drops of food color into the mixture. We use Americolor food gel for the bright vivid colors we get. (A little goes a long way and the bottles last forever!)

You can add more color for brighter colors, but a word of caution: have the kids wear junk clothes! Or simply use less color, but keep in mind the sidewalk chalk paint won’t show up as well on the pavement.

adding food coloring to sidewalk chalk paint

Put the top on your squeeze bottle and shake it well to mix up the color.

Mixing together diy sidewalk paint

That’s it! See how easy?

Do this for as many batches and different colors of DIY sidewalk chalk paint you want to make.

Need a new idea to keep your kids busy OUTSIDE? This DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint will keep them occupied for hours as they make fun creations that later dry into chalk! The best part is it's super easy and inexpensive to make! Get the how-to for this awesome kids' activity here:

How to Use the DIY Chalk Paint

I left large bags/containers of baking soda and cornstarch outside for my kids to use and they made lots. It was a fun way to keep them occupied for an afternoon while I finished some work inside.

Young girl painting with homemade chalk paint

My kids loved mixing different colors and sometimes just spraying randomly to see what happened.

Young boy mixing blue and green sidewalk paint together

See how the color start drying? This homemade sidewalk paint has a pretty chalk-like finish.

DIY sidewalk paint drying on asphalt

Even our chickens had to check out our sidewalk chalk paint! They were quite curious and tried tasting it. Thank goodness, it’s non-toxic!

Children playing with DIY sidewalk paint while chickens watch

And that’s DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint for kids!

Your children will love this fun activity and you might even want to join them for a chalk painting party! Pin the post on Pinterest to save the instructions for later.

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