Make Your Own Sidewalk Paint in Under 10 Minutes

Getting messy with our sidewalk paint

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  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Flour
    • Food coloring
    • (Optional) Plastic bag
    • (Optional) Funnel
  • Things to buy: Schedule a remind 2 weeks before you want to do this activity to buy supplies
    • Squeeze bottles – the tops of these are a bit small for making the paint, but a great size for kids to hold while having fun
    • Shaving cream – any traditional foaming kind is fine

I chose to make 2 colors, but you can make as many as you like

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Ideal Age Range:

This is great for all ages, anything from 1 – 9 can have fun with this in different ways. (The shaving cream makes this not edible, so watch younger kids.)

Mess Factor:

Messy. If you have exceedingly neat kids, they may play with this and not get it all over themselves. My kids are not that and they had it on their hands, feet, clothes and more. (See my note below about the sidewalk.)

Prep Time:

About 10 minutes (depending on how forgiving your bottle is)

If you are like me, you have had a really hard time locating sidewalk chalk since the start of the pandemic! When we went into shelter-at-home orders in March I had two broken pieces of sidewalk chalk that I found in a bush…. I haven’t been able to buy a large pack since. So I was really excited to make this recipe and join into the outdoor art that our neighborhood has been doing.

Active Instructions:

The ingredients below make 1 small batch. This filled about 1/3 of the squeeze bottle (I wanted to test it out). You can double the recipe or use it below to make several different colors.

There are a few ways to get the paint into the squeeze bottles. I made purple and green paint, and for the first batch I made it in a plastic bag and then transferred to the bottle. For the second batch I made it right inside the bottle. Both were tricky, but I prefer making it right in the bottle because it eliminates the mess of the plastic bag. The directions below are to make in the plastic bag, but you can take that out of the equation if you prefer.

  1. Place about 1 cup of flour in the plastic bag (exact measurements aren’t necessary for this recipe).
  2. Pour in 1 cup of water and mix until there are no clumps (I found mostly shaking was fine).
  3. Squeeze 1/2 cup of shaving cream (about 3-4 good pumps) into the bag. Add about 10 drops of food coloring. Mix/ shake.
This is my finished purple in a bag before I transferred to the squeeze bottles.
I cut the corner off of the bag to transfer into the bottle.
  1. Cut a small amount of one bottom corner off of the plastic bag. Over the sink, squeeze the plastic bag contents into the squeeze bottle.
    • Go slowly if the top of your squeeze bottle is as narrow as mine
  2. Add additional food coloring + shake if you would like to make the color darker. Otherwise pop the cap on the bottle and you are ready to use!

The quantities above make about 1/3 of a bottle. I used two colors and my kids played with it for about 30 minutes – making a total mess!

Clean Up

The squeeze bottles washed out very easily. All of the paint came easily off of my kids body parts and their clothes.

We have a newly-painted, dark brown pathway leading to our front door. After rinsing we still had some white floury footprints. (I haven’t scrubbed it yet – because momming – but I wanted to warn you.)

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