- Corn Starch
- Sidewalk Chalk - the leftover remnants of old chalk are perfect for this!
- Muffin Tin
- Measuring Cup
How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint:
For Each Color:
- 2 TBSP cornstarch
- 2 TBSP water (if not painting well enough, add 1 extra TBSP water)
- 1/2 TBSP sidewalk chalk or about 1/4 to 1/2 piece of chalk
1. Add 2 TBSP of cornstarch into a measuring cup.
2. Add 2 TBSP of water into the cup and mix. Note: if you find the paint does not paint well, add an additional TBSP of water.
3. Grate sidewalk chalk to get approximately 1/2 TBSP of chalk. Add it into the cup. If you would rather not grate the chalk, place the chalk pieces into a ziplock bag and bang with a rolling pin until it turns into a similar consistency. Mix.
4. Pour the paint mixture into a muffin tin once fully mixed.
5. Repeat for each color you'd like to make.
If you would like to make a larger batch, you can double or triple the recipe. It's a 1:1 ratio of cornstarch to water, so you can make a large batch using that same ratio. If you would like to save time, mix 3/4 of a cup of cornstarch with 3/4 cup of water. Pour this into each muffin tin (6 muffin cups) and then mix in the sidewalk chalk powder.
This recipe will make one color to full a muffin cup. If you want to fill the whole muffin tin, you need to repeat this recipe for each color.
Notes on Staining:
One of the reasons why we make all of our sidewalk paint recipes with sidewalk chalk is that it is much easier to clean than using food coloring or washable paint. We have tested both ways and using sidewalk chalk has never given us an issue to wash off. It's also a great way to use up small pieces of leftover chalk too.
Tips: We suggest you have a high pressure spray hose ready to rinse off when you're done. Do not leave it sitting out in the hot sun for too long. We suggest testing the sidewalk chalk paint in an inconspicuous area and then try washing it away with water.
A note about sidewalk chalk: Sidewalk chalk is designed to be washable but can sometimes stain newer driveways or sidewalks in the surface still has open surface pores in the concrete which can absorb colorants. Always read the packaging of the sidewalk chalk you purchase.
How long does the sidewalk chalk paint last?
We recommend you use the paint the same day that it is made. The cornstarch will start to settle at the bottom of the muffin tin and harden if not used right away. If this does happen, use a spoon to mix it up again.
Clean-up time! When you are finished, simply pray it down with a garden hose on the highest pressure setting. We recommend you spray while the paint is still wet and do not let it dry in the sun. If this happens, de a brush broom to help scrub some of the paint off while spraying with water.
If you are still having difficulty cleaning up, wet the paint and wait 5 minutes. Then spray the area with the highest pressure setting on your nozzle and as close to the paint as possible at a slight angle.