Making sidewalk chalks and paints is an activity that gets kids thinking creatively and is a great activity for outside. Here are three excellent DIY sidewalk chalk recipes that will keep the kids happy all Spring and Summer too!
1. Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe
This recipe for sidewalk chalk uses cornstarch and shaving cream along with tempera paint – things you probably already have in the house. It makes a paint that can be applied to the sidewalk with a paintbrush…how cool is that!?
Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe:
- 1/2 cup liquid tempera paint
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup shaving cream
- 1 tsp dish soap or baby soap
- Paint brushes or craft foam brushes (you can also use dollar store squirt bottles!)
- Container for the paint (such as a recycled yogurt container)
- Combine cornstarch and water. Mix well.
- Add food coloring.
- Use craft brushes to create art on the sidewalk!
2. Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Eggs
This sidewalk chalk recipe is perfect for making shaped sidewalk chalk, kind of like what you might buy in the store…but better! This is enough for approximately 4 small sidewalk chalks. I don’t recommend making batches larger then this as Plaster of Paris can dry very quickly. Dispose of leftover plaster mix in the garbage – it could clog the drain if you dump it in the sink.
Shaped (Solid) Sidewalk Chalk Recipe:
- 1 Cup Plaster Of Paris
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 1-2 Tbsp Powdered Tempera Paint
1 cup Plaster of Paris (powdered)
3/4 cup water
1 – 2 Tbsp powdered Tempera paint for color
A mixture of plaster of paris and tempera paint make awesome and inexpensive sidewalk chalk. Mix and pour into molds pretty quickly and work in small batches – this mix sets up fast.
Grab some dollar store or other cheap plastic eggs.
Punch a 1/4 inch hole in the top end of the egg (from the inside out). Next, tape the eggs around the seam with some masking tape and set in something that will hold it up. an egg carton works great!
Pour the mixture into your egg moulds. Let them all sit in a dry place for about 24 hours.
After 24 hours, open the eggs! Peel off the tape and pop the little chalks out of their shells! If they still feel a little damp, let them dry another day or so.
3. DIY Sidewalk Chalk Spray Paint
Sidewalk chalk is cool. Sidewalk paint is even cooler. But Sidewalk Chalk paint in a spray bottle!? Imagine the creative possibilities! Use this sidewalk chalk recipe with stencils or just have fun spraying colors together to see what color combinations you can make.
Sidewalk Chalk Spray Paint Recipe:
- 1 tsp washable tempera paint
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp dishwashing liquid
- 1 squirt bottle
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and pour into a squirt bottle. (You can get these at the dollar store.) Shake well before use.
- Take your paint outside, or even use on long pieces of butcher paper and enjoy something fun to do on long summer days.
For more sidewalk chalk ideas, check out these awesome sidewalk chalk art ideas on Pinterest!