How To Make Your Own Paintable Chalk

We can agree chalk is a ton of fun to play with. But have you ever played with sidewalk chalk paint? I promise it is even more fun!

Paintable chalk is so easy to make and even more fun to play with! Your kids will love playing outside making beautiful chalk paintings.

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Chalk Paint

What is chalk paint?

Essentially it is a cornstarch paint that dries chalky. It looks very similar to sidewalk paint when it dries, but just starts out as a liquid.

This sidewalk paint is so vibrant and you can make so many different colors! So grab some sponges, stamps, and paintbrushes and start making lovely chalk paintings!

My kids have had a blast making and finger painting our fence with paintable chalk.

Want to see how it is made step-by-step? Then check out this short video before continuing on to the recipe!

Video: Make This Easy Chalk Paint Recipe

Supplies Needed To Make This Homemade Chalk Paint:

This cornstarch paint is super easy to make. It only requires 4 ingredients and most of them you may have around your house already.

sidewalk chalk paint ingredients

Supplies:
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food Colors (liquid is okay, but the gels are more vibrant)
  • Dish soap

How To Make This Super Easy Paint:

chalk paint in glasses

Step 1

In different cups add about a cup of cornstarch.

Step 2

Then add 2/3 cups of water. Be mindful it will be difficult to stir until the cornstarch is fully dissolved.

Step 3

Add a teaspoon of soap to each cup.

Step 4

Then finally, add the food coloring.

Note:

It washes right off concrete, but we have to scrub a bit on our fence to get it out of the grooves of the wood.

If you want the paint to last for future paint sessions, microwave it for 30 seconds (you might have to add another ten or so). You want the cornstarch to semi-gel.  

The top of the paint will get a ring of harder looking stuff around it while still having liquid pooled in the center.  

You will need to remix it to work any clumps out and the paint should have a gel-like consistency which has a longer shelf-life.

Preschool Project: Make Your Own Paintable Chalk

Preschool Project: Make Your Own Paintable Chalk

Make this colorful and easy paintable chalk! It's easy to make and even easier to paint with and a great way to get your kids outside and playing in the sun!

Materials

  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food Colors (liquid is okay, but the gels are more vibrant)
  • Dish soap

Instructions

  1. In different cups add about a cup of cornstarch.
  2. Then add 2/3 cups of water. Be mindful it will be difficult to stir until the cornstarch is fully dissolved.
  3. Add a teaspoon of soap to each cup.
  4. Then finally, add the food coloring.

Notes

Using gel food coloring will help make more vibrant colors.

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5 Comments

  1. That is a creative use of cornstarch. I’m guessing it doesn’t have any dust to it right?

  2. This sounds cool. If you don’t mix in any food colouring, would that still work? Will you just have chalk paint with a yellowish hue?

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