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Chalk Paint

Posted by  ·  July 27, 2009  ·  Last Updated: July 27, 2009

Having fun in the sun with chalk paint.


So simple to make, just cornstarch, food coloring and water.


Equal parts of cornstarch and water make the paint.

We placed 2 Tablespoons cornstarch into each cup of  an old muffin tin.


Next place 2 Tablespoons water into each one of the four muffin  cups.


We added 4 drops of food coloring for each color into the individual cups. (The back two have been mixed, the front two have not been mixed)


Paint away!


We used foam brushes for painting. They soaked up quite a bit of cornstarch and after about 30 minutes we rinsed them out and then continued painting.


Make Oobleck for another fun cornstarch activity.

Want to make sidewalk chalk? Try this egg shaped chalk.  If you don’t want it egg shaped, pour the mixture into empty toilet paper rolls. Once the mixture is dry peel the paper roll away from the chalk.

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  1. Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
    ♦ This sounds like tons of fun. I bet my kids are going to love it and me too, the paint without the mess... ☺ Thanks!
  2. Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    This is brilliant!
  3. Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
    Great fun idea. I am going to make some and give them as Easter Gifts.


  4. Jessie
    Friday, June 4th, 2010
    Must try the chalk in the eggs. We did it in TP rolls, but WHAT A MESS! Then they wanted to stick to the paper & it took forever to get it off. The kids still loved them though!
  5. Jenifer
    Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
    I did this today with my kids and they LOVED it! THanks so much for a quick, fun, cheap thing to do with my kiddos.
  6. Debi harris
    Monday, November 2nd, 2009
    Love this idea and tried it today with the kids. However, the blue food coloring did leave a stain on the concrete. All the other colors can right off. We might do this again but just skip the blue.... love your website!
  7. Monday, August 3rd, 2009
    I wish my baby were old enough to do this, because I totally want to try it! So cute! Will try to remember for the future. :)

  8. Monday, August 3rd, 2009
    Great idea! I linked to this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com
  9. Saturday, August 1st, 2009
    Great idea for the summer dolldrums.

  10. Saturday, August 1st, 2009
    I'm 26 with no kids and desperately want to try that. I'll be forwarding it to some mums I know, their kids would LOVE that.
  11. Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
    I'll have to try this, but I actually was way more excited to see "Hy-Vee" on the cornstarch box than anything! I used to live in Iowa and haven't seen a Hy-vee store for a LONG time. Thanks for the un-intentional feel good moment for me. :)
  12. Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
    Ohh, I did this for a birthday party activity last year. I didn't know you lived near HyVee!
  13. Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
    I just posted about some fun ways we use sidewalk chalk! How fun it would be to make it ourselves. Thank you!
  14. Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
    Fabulous! My daughter is so into painting these days! She will love this!

  15. Leslie
    Monday, July 27th, 2009
    We also tried this and my girls loved how it looked exactly like chalk after it dried. It stayed on for a couple of good rainstorms and then disappeared. Thanks for the reminder that we need to do this again.
  16. Beth
    Monday, July 27th, 2009
    Very fun idea! Thanks for sharing
  17. Monday, July 27th, 2009
    What a fun new twist to chalk! I think any fun and messy activity that can be done outside is awesome!

  18. Monday, July 27th, 2009
    Now that looks like fun! Thanks for the tip! The boys are going to love this!
  19. Monday, July 27th, 2009
    Thanks for the recipe! My daughter LOVES drawing with sidewalk chalk but freaks out about the dust it leaves on her fingers. This seems like a good alternative.
  20. CatieLee
    Monday, July 27th, 2009
    doesn't the food coloring stain?
    • Monday, July 27th, 2009
      We didn't have a problem with the chalk paint staining.
  21. Monday, July 27th, 2009
    try putting it in spray bottes...it's SO fun!
    • Monday, July 27th, 2009
      Spray bottles, what a fun idea!
  22. Monday, July 27th, 2009
    My kids and I just did this, too! So much fun. The paint is also safe to use as a body paint. My little boy painted his feet and legs:)

    I wrote about it here: