Frugal Family Fun: Sidewalk Chalk Paint {I Didn’t Just Pin It, I Did It}

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Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I am always looking for a fun little CHEAP project to keep my three youngest kids occupied for a couple of hours and this just fit the bill because I had all of the makings for it already and just needed to run to the store for some paint brushes. I know we have paint brushes around this house somewhere but beats me where we stashed them. I really need to get our craft supplies in better order!

So this little project is part of a fun blog hop called “I didn’t just pin it, I did it”. Which means we found the inspiration from a Pin on Pinterest and then we did it ourselves and wrote about it. I love this idea because I LOVE Pinterest but need to actually do more of the fun crafts and ideas I pin. So this is a bi-weekly inspiration to make something that I found on Pinterest. F.U.N!

Make Your Own Sidewalk Paint – Inspired by Domestic Charm

Supplies List:

  • Corn Starch
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Paint Brushes
  • Muffin Tin or Small Cups or Containers


Mix equal parts cornstarch and water in your containers of choice (I used a muffin pan – for each muffin cup I added 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch)

Mix equal parts water and cornstarch

Add a 1-4 drops of food coloring and mix with a spoon. Rinsing off the spoon in a cup of water between colors.

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Have fun mixing colors to make all sorts of shades. This is a great way to teach what colors are mixed together to make another color.

My muffin tin had 12 cups so I had to come up with creative color combos. We made pink, blue, green, yellow, purple, orange, and then lighter and darker shades of some too.

Then I gave the kids their paint brushes (an assortment of 20 brushes I bought at Walmart for about $4.00). The kids tried them all and found that foam brushes seemed to work better. I set them up on a slab of sidewalk in the shade and they painted and had a great time for about 2 hours. Good stuff!

Let the kids go to town painting the sidewalk!

The sidewalk paint goes on wet and dries into what looks like regular sidewalk chalk and rinses off with a hose just fine.

Simple and easy and it hardly cost me anything considering we will use those paintbrushes for other projects and I already had the cornstarch and food coloring on hand.

Come and check out these other fun “I didn’t just pin it, I did it” ideas from these other fine bloggers. And make sure you follow HotCouponWorld on Pinterest!


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