How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Learn how to make sidewalk chalk paint without cornstarch! This easy homemade sidewalk chalk paint recipe is perfect for kids on a hot summer day.

This is a guest post by Rachel Nelson.

Turn your old broken sidewalk chalk pieces into sidewalk PAINT for kids with this easy tutorial!

Sidewalk chalk is fun… but sidewalk chalk paint is even more fun for kids, especially toddlers.

Just like with crayons, kids are always breaking sidewalk chalk! And when they use it down and there are just little nubs left, it gets so hard to use.

Don’t throw those little pieces away, let me show you how to make sidewalk chalk paint with chalk. It is so easy!

heart on sidewalk with chalk paint

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Here is how to make washable sidewalk chalk paint. It is one of the easy kids activities you will make time and time again!

Supplies Needed

  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Plastic Bag
  • Water
  • Rolling Pin
how to make sidewalk chalk paint pin image


Now, here is how to make chalk into paint:

Step 1. Smash The Chalk

Separate the chalk into like colors, and place them into bags.

Zip up the bags and then use a rolling pin to smash up the chalk.

smashing sidewalk chalk

Keep pounding it until it breaks down into little tiny pieces, and then roll over it until it makes a powder.

If you do this on your concrete outside, you might break holes into your plastic bag, so maybe use one to smash, and then pour it into another for the next step.

Step 2. Mix The Paint

After the chalk is totally powdered, mix in some water until it is paintable and not too thick.

homemade sidewalk chalk paint in bags

But you don’t want it to be too watered down either, or the colors won’t be as bright.

Step 3. Paint!

Using large paintbrushes, dip them into the chalk paint mixture and then paint onto the sidewalk!

When the paint it wet it is looks darker than it will end up. Wait for it to dry to see how the colors look!

sidewalk chalk paint on sidewalk

You can even paint on rocks, and my kids also tried to paint some leaves.

That’s it! This is a great summer’s day activity and a fun way to use up those old chalk pieces instead of throwing them away!

To clean up, just use water to spray it off like with regular chalk.

How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint Wrap-Up

This was such a fun activity for me and my kids to get outside and try something new! I hope you enjoy this easy chalk paint for kids!

Rachel Bio:

Rachel is a mom of 4 who enjoys homeschooling, crafting, and learning about parenting. Her motto is “beta now, better later” and she is striving to make a beautiful home for her family while learning all she can on this journey called life! You can find her on her sewing blog, SeamWhisperer.com

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