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Easy Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe

Do your kids love to use sidewalk chalk? How about making your own so that they can draw outside this summer. This simple chalk paint recipe is great for kids to draw with and you can make it really easily at home. What’s more it has a little secret ingredient that you can make it have an extra pop and fizz at the end if you wish! But, it works great without it. So here you go some spring and summer fun with a DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe that you can make at home.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I love simple recipes for art and play and this one is a favourite.

With just 3 ingredients, some squeezy bottles and food colouring I can almost guarantee a colourful hour or two of the kids decorating our driveway with their pictures.

sidewalk chalk paint in squeezy bottles ready for the kids to use

Then another 30 minutes with the hose washing it all off down the drain and having a fun water fight in the process.

If you don’t have any squeezy bottles then you can use the paint in a muffin tin or paint pallette and provide some brushes too!

bowls with sidewalk chalk in ready for kids to paint with

How can you wash off the Sidewalk Chalk Paint?

That’s the easy thing with this recipe.

child making patterns with sidewalk chalk paint made at home

As you have used food colouring and kitchen ingredients it’s just as simple as washing it down with a hose or watering can.

You may need to give it a brush but all good fun when it’s warm outside.

drawing a sunflower on the pavement with homemade sidewalk chalk paint

Make it Fizz!

Not only is this recipe fun and easy to wash off but it’s got a little extra fizz as well.

Just grab some white vinegar in a spray bottle.

Then spray your drawings and watch them fizz and pop as the bicarbonate of soda reacts with the vinegar to bubbles and foam.

DIY Sidewalk chalk paint being used to draw a sunflower on the drive

How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Cerys Parker
An easy 3 ingredient and food colouring recipe for making some fun sidewalk chalk paint that the kids can use this summer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Activity Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


Equipment Needed

  • Squeezy bottles
  • Small bowls
  • spoon

Materials Needed

  • 1 cup bicarbonate of soda Baking soda in the USA
  • 1 cup corn flour corn startch in the USA
  • warm water
  • liquid food colouring Colours of your choice


  • Mix the bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and corn flour together.
  • Add in the warm water a little at a time until you have it the consitency that you want. If you want a really bright colour then it is best to leave the consistency thicker and adjust once you have added the colour.
  • Divide up the mixture into small bowls.
  • Add a few drops of food colouring to each.
    bowls with sidewalk chalk in ready for kids to paint with
  • Mix well with a spoon.
  • Pour your mix into the squeezy bottles. Shake well.
    sidewalk chalk paint in squeezy bottles ready for the kids to use
  • Head outside! You're ready to draw!
    sidewalk chalk paint pictures on the driveway
Keyword paint recipe, sidewalk chalk paint
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One Comment

  1. We are trying this tomorrow morning – completely brilliant, we don’t have squeezy bottles but old industrial paintbrushes, I think will work just as well – can’t wait. Something to look forward to and never seen this before!

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