Sidewalk chalk paint is simple to make. It is one of those easy recipes with only a few ingredients. Once the paint is made, it will last for a long time. We made small batches of a variety of colors and have had it for over a week.
Let me walk you through a few easy recipes for sidewalk chalk paint and then show you three ways that we painted with it.
Easy Recipes for Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Sidewalk Chalk ( I really like Crayola’s sidewalk chalk. A link to the chalk I used is included for your convenience)
Plastic bag with zipper
Old muffin tin
Place a stick of sidewalk chalk in a zipper bag. Make sure it is zipped closed.
Fold a towel around the bag so that the bag is covered on the top and the bottom
Crush the sidewalk chalk with the hammer literally by hammering the chalk. The towel around the bag keeps the bag from getting holes in it and the chalk from flying out. Hint: We hammered the chalk on the garage floor. I think concrete floors are easiest to pound on.
Place the chalk crushed into a fine powder into a small container or as we did into a muffin tin cup.
If you are creating more than one color, you can repeat the steps above. If you are only making one color you are ready to move to the next step.
Add a little water to the crushed chalk at a time. Stir in that small amount of water. If it doesn’t look like paint yet, add a little more and stir. It is easier to add a little at a time then it is to try to paint with really watered down paint.
Now you are ready to paint.
Sidewalk Chalk Paint for Paper
If you would like to create sidewalk chalk to paint on paper with, you will follow the recipe above and add one ingredient. The one ingredient you need to add is glue. Without glue added to the paint recipe the paint will dry and flake off. If you add about a teaspoon of glue, the paint will stick to the paper. It did at my house.
Sidewalk Chalk Project Ideas
Fish in a Fish Bowl
I drew a giant fishbowl on our driveway with chalk. JDaniel then painted fish in the bowl. It was fun to see the fun fish he created. By creating a painting idea starter, he was able to come up with really cool creatures to fill the work space.
Paper Fish for a Fish Bowl
We used the sidewalk paint with glue added to paint paper bag fish. After painting our fish, we took them outside so that I could take a picture of them in the bowl in the driveway. The fish were later brought inside and hung up. You could easily create a large paper fish bowl on your fridge to hang your fish on.
We have kept the muffin tin container filled with sidewalk paint in the garage. JDaniel added a little water when it has started to dry out and then picked spot in the garage or on the driveway to paint. He has made a wide variety of paintings including a bear during this unplanned painting time.
There are so many ways to use these easy recipes for sidewalk chalk paint. I bet you can come up with so really fun and cool crafts for your children to do with them.