summer journal: chalk paint

August 1st, 2012

homemade chalk paints

I never seem to remember to buy sidewalk chalk, but we always have the ingredients on hand for chalk paint. Making chalk paint is super easy; drawing with chalk paint takes a bit of practice.

chalk paint log cabin

Our first attempt turned out mostly colorful blobs, but the second time was a success. I was doodling quilt squares [sewing nerd!] and my kids wanted to learn how to make them too. They told me their log cabins had roofs, obviously.

corn starch + food coloring + water = chalk paint

chalk paint


  • muffin tin
  • corn starch
  • food coloring (the cheapy kind, not the gel kind)
  • water


  1. Put one tablespoon of corn starch in each muffin tin cup.
  2. Mix in a tablespoon of water (or a smidge more) into each cup.
  3. Put one drop of food coloring in each cup.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Grab a paint brush and go outside!

chalk toes

Be warned, fingers and toes will get painted.

chalk paints

But other cool stuff will be painted too!


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14 Responses to summer journal: chalk paint

  1. jess says:

    this is beyond awesome.

  2. When my daughter, now 20, was quite young, we happened upon actual chalk paint at a store. We liked it so much that we made our own. This is a superb activity and a nice tutorial. Very awesome, Meg!

  3. lynn says:

    we love chalk paint-we mix up a big bowl before pouring it into our muffin tray. try it thickened up some-it’s a big hit when it dries=sort of smooth and glaze-like! (and thanks for the hula hoop diy idea-we’re gonna try it soon).

  4. kristin says:

    yay, you blogged this! the recipe i found online called for 1/2 c corn starch and 1/2 c water (not enough water, i ended up doing more like 1 cup). it looked great when it dried…but we totally had to go buy more corn starch! anyway, best summer activity yet.

  5. cheryl says:

    I love the way that it looks!

  6. Liz says:

    Awesomeness. The paintings look so lovely and the little one’s too.

  7. Aimee says:

    I saw this yesterday at the perfect time, my 7,6,5 and 4 year old were growing quite restless while the 2 year old napped. So I quickly made the paint for 30 min or so of fun so mom could get a few things done inside! THANKS!!!!!

  8. trula says:

    Lovely idea and great pictures. I like the softness of the colours.
    Btw, did you ever get my e-mail on kcwc ideas?

  9. wow! I have to make this. I’m going to ‘pin’ this. hope thats okay!

  10. Melissa says:

    Love it, we’ve used it several times since reading your post. Thanks for sharing!

  11. My daughter loves this stuff, too. She’s more of a dumper than a painter, and she always needs a shower after, but it’s a lot of messy fun! Here’s our experience:

  12. Jan Winje says:

    question: does it come off the surface easily????? I’d like to use it on a blackboard…….
    thanks for the recipe and the inspiration.