Friday, June 19, 2009

Recipe Friday June 19, 2009....Sidewalk Paint Recipe

Homemade Sidewalk Paint

This environmentally friendly sidewalk paint takes the place of the traditional sidewalk chalk. Its also very, very inexpensive! You can make your standard shades of red, green ,yellow, and blue; or, mix and match to create other shades.


¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup cold water
6 to 8 drops of food coloring


1. Put cornstarch in a small plastic bowl and gradually stir in the cold water.
2. Add your desired food coloring and stir.
3. If the paint still feels too dry, just add a little more water until you get the consistency you prefer.
4. Repeat the process to create different colors.

This sidewalk paint washes off very easily and will not harm plumbing or plants … cornstarch is all natural and biodegradable.

Because this paint is so inexpensive, you can use it to paint larger canvases of art compared with traditional sidewalk chalk which is quickly used up. You can also get more detail in the pictures by using different sized paint brushes.

If you mix these in small, recycled butter tubs or other airtight containters, you should be able to keep the leftover sidewalk paint from one project to the next … assuming there is any left. If you find that the sidewalk paint has gotten a little dry, just add water to get the desired consistency.


supermom said...

i think the food coloring would stain the little ones. what do you think would work for a coloring that wouldn't stain, AND, where did you get this info.

i see they are selling it in the stores again. it is so expensive, but it is so fun!

Wendy said...

love this recipe! love it!..just some info i have learned..the food coloring doesn't stain anyone, it washes right off them and off concrete..I mix 1 cup EACH cornstarch and water and A LOT of food coloring.. 6-8 drops doesn't do it justice. Mix a lot so it is nice and vibrant. I used it several times at school, except i put it in a paint container (lid with hole in it for the paintbrush..margarine tub with hole cut in it would do the same thing) and use a regular kid paintbrush (foam brushes do not work..they just soak up liquid).

Wendy said...

i got my recipe from kid concoctions books.