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We’re well into summer vacation, and you’re probably looking for things to do with the kids. We’ve got the answer: sidewalk paint and chalk spray! Try these fun outdoor paints to keep the kids happy and busy on those long summer days. The best part: these recipes are super easy to make with materials you already have around the house!

Chalk Spray:

Materials Needed:

  • 1 tsp washable tempera paint (make sure it is washable!)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Squirt of dishwashing liquid
  • 1 squirt bottle


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and pour into your squirt bottle. In order to avoid spills, I used a funnel to pour the paint into the bottle. Shake well before use.
  2. Take your paint outside, or even use on long pieces of butcher paper and enjoy something fun to do on long summer days.

Sidewalk Paint:

Materials Needed:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Craft brushes
  • Container for the paint (such as an ice cube tray or small bowls)


  1. Combine cornstarch and water. Mix well.
  2. Add food coloring.
  3. Use craft brushes to create art on the sidewalk!

Tip: Spray your driveway or sidewalk off soon after use to avoid staining.

DIY: Simple Sidewalk Paint and Chalk Spray!