Cheap Thrills — Driveway Painting

For a fun time, gather up some empty dish soap bottles. Make up a batch of sidewalk chalk paint with 4 Tbsp. cornstarch, 4 Tbsp. water & 5-10 drops food coloring. Pour into a bottle and fill the rest with water. Repeat for each color.

Put on play clothes or bathing suits, and invite some friends over for messy driveway painting!!

You will have the prettiest, most colorful driveway on the block!! (It rinses off the driveway easily with the hose or a bit of rain)

Even the little ones can join in the fun (with a bit of help from Mom)!! Lots of smiles!!!

Older kids may enjoy running around with their paint!

Did I mention the smiles???


Yeah, pretty much ultimate cuteness, right??

Trade bottles with your friends for more colorful fun!!

When you’re all done, break out the sprinkler so the kiddos can rinse off… Have fun!!


  1. SO much fun! Adorable pictures, too – as ever =)

  2. Wow! That looks like fun! I can’t wait to try this!!!

    The kiddos are adorable and your photos are great! I love how you captured the paint squirting from the bottles!

  3. Great photos. I made sidewalk paint a few times with my kids this summer but didn’t think to put them in squeeze bottles. Fun!

  4. What fun!! I love the smile pictures!

  5. This looks like TONS of fun! Thanks for the idea.

    Question: What kind of camera do you have??? Your pictures are always so beautiful!

    • Thank you, Jenae!

      I use an old (and refurbished) Nikon D40 and take LOTS of photos — 100-200 a day!!

  6. Dear Valerie,

    How soon can we get the kids working on applying asphalt driveway sealant?


  7. We did something similar to this, but we painted with it. It was really hard to get the paint off the brush and onto the concrete. Plus, the cornstarch kept settling – we had to stir it all of the time.

    You’re idea is perfect for this paint! You can get it where you want it and just shake the container to keep it stirred. We’re doing THIS next time! THANK YOU!

  8. 100-200 photos a day?!? WOW! That would also explain how you can have all these simply amazing shots

    And totally going to break down and do this, hopefully this week!

  9. Valerie…you are so fun! I just love the pictures you’ve captured. M and M love using left over bottles to squirt with…they will be crazy over this activity!

  10. Wonderful idea and super idea for a play date.

  11. Squirty bottles!!!!!! I’m in love. Gotta try!

  12. I was also amused to see the number of photos, but your action shots are amazing – on par with your ideas 🙂

  13. OMG! This is how I am going to let my toddler celebrate her last day of summer vacation. Only difference, we don’t have a driveway, so I’m going to use this for our balcony:-) Thank you!!

  14. Love love love the idea! I just had to try it with my daughter. She loved it… for the first 5 minutes, then REALLY had fun washing off the colours with her water canon :S

  15. We did this today with paint brushes and had so much fun. Next time we’ll try the bottles. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. I am doing a Summer Bucket List post and was wondering if I could use one of your pics and provided a link to this post?


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