$5 Friday — Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Special thanks to Amanda at Kiddio.org for inspiring this week’s $5 Friday activity — make your own sidewalk chalk paint! This is very inexpensive and easy to do. We had tons of fun with this and created a detailed space scene on the asphalt of our driveway. Lots of planets, stars, rockets, and comets!

The colors are quite vivid, and you can sneak in a quick lesson about color mixing and how to measure. Our driveway has a slight slope, so just as we were finishing up, Emily dumped the paint to make this “rainbow”.
To make your own homemade sidewalk chalk paint, you will need: 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of water, and 4-5 drops of food coloring. Be sure to add the cornstarch and THEN the water so it mixes up a little easier. Emily really enjoyed making this paint!
“Can’t we stay out here forever?”
Here’s the breakdown of how we spent our entertainment money today:
1 pound box of cornstarch (store brand) — $2.25
1 box food coloring (on sale) — $2.50
Total Spent = $4.75
I should also note that we use food coloring for LOTS of projects, and this only calls for a few drops. Also, I had lots of cornstarch left over, so we will be using that for future projects as well. 


  1. Fun idea. One thing you can make with the extra corn starch is “quick sand.” You mix the corn starch with water until it runs through your fingers, but can still be grabbed in your hands. Take plastic animals and have them sink. My eldest loved this (and we spent $20 on the kit,which was really just the corn starch, a tray, two animals and a measuring cup —oh and blue food coloring).

  2. littlebear says

    We did this last summer, and it was so much fun for Little Bear! I am looking forward to trying it this year, now that Pufferfish is old enough to enjoy it too!

  3. I will so be doing this. This is great. I spend a ot on that side walk paint, but this is going to be a lot cheaper.Thanks for sharing.

  4. sunnymama says

    These are so simple and inexpensive! Thanks, I’m going to make some.

  5. aprilfoolwed says

    Fun Fun Fun! I can’t wait to try this! My poor Maddie has been sick all week, but she really wants to get outside. This looks like a great activity to get her outdoors, but not tire her out as she recovers.

  6. Thank you for this recipe and idea! I love cheap things that we already have at home!!!

  7. @ Ivy — Oh, I love the quick sand idea! We will definitely be trying it out.. thanks!

    @ jennwa — I know what you mean. I have seen similar kits of sidewalk chalk paint for as much as $27!! Much cheaper (and more fun) to make it yourself.

    @ sunnymama — You are very welcome!

    @ aprilfoolwed — Oh, I hope Maddie feels better soon! Please let me know how she likes it… I would love to hear all about it!

    @ bobbi — You’re welcome! 🙂

  8. Mama King says

    We’ll be mixing up a batch — thanks! I love the premise of you blog and will be back to check out more Frugal ideas!! Thanks! Found you via Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

  9. Ohhhhhh, never realized we could MAKE this stuff! Fun!

  10. Amanda @ www.kiddio.org says

    This has been one of our very favorite projects and I’m so happy to see that you’re enjoying it! Thanks for the link 🙂
    xo, amanda

  11. Hoosier Homemade says

    That looks like great fun! Thanks for sharing!

  12. My boys and I had SO much fun trying this out last night. I linked to this post in my blog. Thanks for posting! 🙂

  13. ~*~ Stephanie ~*~ says

    We are going to try this out today!!! I can't wait 🙂