Homemade Sidewalk Paint – 3 Simple Ingredients

This simple Homemade Sidewalk Paint will provide kids with hours of outdoor fun this summer.  3 basic kitchen ingredients is all you need to make it!

sidewalk paint cover photo


It’s that time of year!  The kids are itching to get outside, and you’re looking for creative ways to keep ‘em busy out there.  This is one of my go-to recipes for a sunny Spring day!  A batch of homemade sidewalk paint always keeps the hooligans entertained for a good hour or so in the driveway, sidewalk and patio.

I love this paint recipe because it’s so easy to make.  I always have the ingredients on hand, and I whip up an assortment of colours on short notice, in just a few minutes before we head outside.   It’s so cool to use too!  I can never resist grabbing a brush, and getting in on the fun.

homemade yellow and blue sidewalk paint with paintbrush

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To make homemade sidewalk paint, you’ll need:

mix sidewalk paint in a sectioned container to make using it easy and accesible to all.

I love how deep the wells are in this container.  It was  pre-packaged fruit tray from the grocery store.  Each compartment is perfect for holding a lot of paint, and I fill the middle section with water for rinsing the brushes.

Measurements for making your sidewalk paint:

Add 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cornstarch to each section of the container.

Add a little less than 1/4 cup of cold water to each section.  Add just a little at a time so you don’t over-do it. Whisk until the cornstarch has completely dissolved. If you’ve played with cornstarch and water before, you’ll know that it has an interesting quality, and can turn from liquid to solid and back again depending on how much you handle it.   You want your paint to be thick enough that it drizzles from the whisk.

Add your food colouring, and stir well.

Now you’re ready to hit the sidewalk (or in this case, the driveway).


The hooligans love this stuff.


You can paint with it just like you do with regular paint, but I love to drizzle and dab the paint to create thick puddles of colour.

cornstarch sidewalk paint (happy hooligans)

When they were finished painting in the driveway, we moved up to the smoother surface of our front walk, and they continued painting there.


Add some chalk to the fun!

Someone got the bright idea to grab some sticks of sidewalk chalk and dip them into the paint.  This made for a neat effect when drawing, but even more interesting was how the paint immediately hardened in layers when they dipped their chalk into each of the colours in the tray, so they ended up with these beautiful, multi-coloured sticks of chalk.  They would then crumble the layers off and mash them into the pavement.

chalk dipped in sidewalk paint

They were happily entertained for about an hour with this small batch of paint.

When the kids were finished making their outdoor art, this homemade sidewalk paint washed right off the driveway and patio with a spray from the garden hose.

These legs are going to require a soapy bath though!

Baby painting her legs with sidewalk chalk

Happy Painting!

3 ingredient homemade sidewalk paint - happy hooligans

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