This super simple sidewalk chalk recipe uses only three ingredients. Mix it up and turn you kids loose for a day full of outside, creative fun!

My kids love sidewalk chalk paint.  In the past I’ve purchased it in powdered form and doled it out stingily to make it last longer than a day.  No more!  This three ingredient sidewalk chalk recipe is so easy the kids can make it themselves!  And the making is half the fun!

The ingredients….

I love creative activities that use household ingredients.  Why?  Mostly because this means they aren’t fancy ingredients that only someone with a fully stocked art studio would have.  This recipe definitely falls under that category.  Go into your pantry and grab corn starch (or corn flour) and liquid food coloring.  You’ll need some small non glass bowls for safe mixing and fat paint brushes for mixing and painting.  

My kids love sidewalk chalk paint but buying it is expensive. But being stingy with supplies takes the fun out making art. This sidewalk chalk paint DIY recipe is so easy and inexpensive to make your kids can even do it themselves. Three ingredients that you've already got in your pantry and this paint is ready to go!

Sidewalk chalk paint recipe….

This recipe is one of those that are so easy they can barely be called a recipe.  But sometimes those are the best kind of recipes, both in the kitchen and in the art studio.  

Mix equal parts corn starch and water, stir up, and add food coloring to desired vibrancy.  To be honest we didn’t even measure.  Add, mix, test, and adjust accordingly.  If you have a sludge of corn starch in the bottom of your paint cup just add more water and stir!

If you ‘re the kind of person that likes to measure start with a half cup of flour and a half cup of water.   This will give you enough paint to play with!

This process is fun and the ingredients are inexpensive enough to allow for experimentation without stinginess.  

My kids love sidewalk chalk paint but buying it is expensive. But being stingy with supplies takes the fun out making art. This sidewalk chalk paint DIY recipe is so easy and inexpensive to make your kids can even do it themselves. Three ingredients that you've already got in your pantry and this paint is ready to go!

Storing your paint….

The cornstarch in this recipe tends to settle to the bottom when left undisturbed.  If left uncovered the water will, of course, evaporate.  Can it be reconstituted?  Absolutely.  But given the simplicity of the ingredients and process this sidewalk chalk paint may be best mixed and used immediately.  

My kids love sidewalk chalk paint but buying it is expensive. But being stingy with supplies takes the fun out making art. This sidewalk chalk paint DIY recipe is so easy and inexpensive to make your kids can even do it themselves. Three ingredients that you've already got in your pantry and this paint is ready to go!

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