Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Makin' Your Own Sidewalk Chalk Paint

We've had some pretty fab-u-lous weather here in Indy and it's been beyond wonderful for everyone's moods. It's amazing what a little sunshine can do! Great weather means the girls are spending more time outside and I thought it would be fun to try out a new outside crafty project. There are several different versions of sidewalk chalk paint floating around Pinterest and I thought I'd give it a try. It was the BEST IDEA EVER! The girls loved it and it's so cheap to make! Way more cost effective than buying actual sidewalk chalk that breaks and crumbles. Plus it's fun to make your own colors!

All you need is:
  • corn starch
  • water
  • food coloring
  • muffin tin (picked mine up from Goodwill for $2. The are great for all kinds of painting projects.)
  • paint brushes of various sizes 
See? Super easy and you probably have everything at home already!

For my mix I used 1/2 cup of corn starch mixed with 1 cup of water. I've seen lots of "recipes" that are a 1:1 mix, but that was too thick for us. It didn't paint well and it didn't wash off our patio to great either.

Put the corn starch and water in a bowl (it's helpful if it's one that has a spout) and mix until there are no more lumps.
Divide the mix into the muffin tins.
Add a few drops of food coloring...
...and stir
Have fun inventing your own colors...
...and let the creativity flow!
When it dries it looks just like chalk! Super cool huh?
Happy painting!