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Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint the Easy Way!

This three-ingredient sidewalk chalk paint is a blast for kids! Learn how to make it – you probably have everything on hand. This sidewalk paint is such a fun summer activity!

Scroll to the very bottom for a video to learn how to make this cool paint.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I don’t know about you, but when I was young, sidewalk chalk was a full-time job during summer. We’d spend hours on our designs, only to have them washed away when the seasonal rains would come. Then we’d start the process all over again!

DIY Sidewalk Paint

I wanted to try the same thing with my niece, but we didn’t have any chalk, so I went for a recipe that’s been around since I was little: sidewalk chalk paint. With three ingredients. That you probably already have in your kitchen!

Yep, you can make your own sidewalk paint, and it’s really easy to do. Given the ingredients, this sidewalk chalk paint is completely washable for kids, as well as non-toxic. It’s also incredibly easy to make, so the kids can even do it themselves!

Sidewalk chalk paint

Before we dive into the sidewalk chalk paint recipe, let me address a few things you might be wondering about.

Will it Wash off of the Kids/Sidewalk?

It will definitely wash off of children’s skin, though the food coloring might stick around until the next bath time or two. I recommend that kids wear clothing that can get dirty, since (depending on the food coloring you use) you might have some light spots.

As far as the sidewalk, we left our drawings out for three days (just because that is how long it took to rain). They washed off easily! I know most new driveways and sidewalks get a coating, so washing off shouldn’t be a problem 99% of the time. If your concrete is particularly old or porous, I’d do a test in a small area before the kids go hog wild.

Application Methods

You can use just about anything to apply this sidewalk paint! I recommend paintbrushes (of all sizes), foam brushes, sponges – you can even use this recipe in spray bottles. I think it would be fun to cut sponges into “stamps” of sorts and use the chalk paint that way. We’ll have to try that next time!

Love painted with sidewalk paint

How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint Without Cornstarch

If you don’t want to use cornstarch, there are two other options you can try to make sidewalk chalk paint. The first is using actual sidewalk chalk! You can crush it up in a baggie and then mix it with water. It’s fun for kids who want to paint instead of draw.

The other option is to use flour. You should add twice as much water than flour if you choose to go that route. This option works but I don’t like it as much as the sidewalk chalk paint recipe below – it’s just more clumpy and not as easy to apply. But desperate times call for desperate measures if you don’t have cornstarch.

Are you ready for the sidewalk chalk paint recipe and how-to? Keep on reading!

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe

Makes about 2 cups

Gather These Supplies

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring
  • Mini bowls
  • Supplies for painting

Step 1: Add the cornstarch to a large bowl.

Step 2: Place the water in the bowl and stir.

Step 3: Separate the mixture into smaller bowls and add food coloring. Swirl separately with a spoon or fork until completely combined.

How to make sidewalk chalk paint

You’re ready to use your sidewalk paint! Just paint it on exactly where you want it. The chalkiness becomes more and more apparent as it dries, and then it looks like the above.

Double or triple or quadruple the recipe as necessary.

Drawing of a girl with sidewalk paint

And have fun painting all sorts of designs! And then when the rain comes – you start over again, just like you did when you were little.

Yield: 2 cups paint

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Learn how to make chalk paint with kids - this is such a fun summer craft! Use the paint on the sidewalk; it washes away with the rain.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring


  • Mini bowls
  • Paintbrushes


  1. Add the baking soda to a large bowl.
  2. Place the water in the bowl and stir.
  3. Separate the mixture into smaller bowls and add food coloring. Swirl separately with a spoon or fork until completely combined.
  4. Apply the paint to the sidewalk using brushes. The chalkiness becomes more and more apparent as it dries, and the paint will wash away with the rain.

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The kids are absolutely going to love this sidewalk paint summer activity! Take a peek at the recipe in the video below:

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