Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

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Make homemade liquid sidewalk chalk for your little ones to paint with outside.

Approximate Time: 5 minutes



  1. Mix together the cornstarch and water in a bowl.

  2. Next divide it among the muffin tin holders.

  3. Now add your food coloring to each one and stir. This is also an opportunity to teach your child how by mixing colors together you can make new colors. Combine red and yellow to make orange, blue and red to make purple, and blue and yellow to make green.

  4. Grab a paintbrush and let your little ones paint away.

By Domestic Charm

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September 15, 2010

Sidewalk chalk is sometimes expensive and not always easy to find. Mix 1 cup Plaster of Paris with 3\4 cup water and powder tempera paint of your color choice. Pour into an egg carton container, and let harden for 24 hours. Pop the molds out and enjoy. The shape of the sidewalk chalk is easy for smaller hands to use.


You can only purchase the 3 primary colors of tempera paint (red, yellow, and blue) and mix the powders together with the plaster and water to create so many beautiful colors. It makes a great science experiment too for the young ones!

By Marci from West Monroe, LA

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Make your own sidewalk chalk.

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It is summertime! This will keep the kids happy for awhile. You will need food coloring, warm water, spray bottle and flour. I get the spray bottles from the dollar store.

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April 14, 2010

How do you make chalk?

By michelle


April 14, 20100 found this helpful

For sidewalk chalk, try about.com, for kids chalk just google, "homemade chalk recipe"

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April 14, 20100 found this helpful

Favecrafts.com has directions for making homemade chalk.

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April 15, 20100 found this helpful

Here is one from right here at Thrifty Fun: www.thriftyfun.com/tf494134.tip.html


'Plaster of Paris' is available at craft stores, hardware stores, Kmart etc.

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October 25, 2011

Does the liquid sidewalk chalk stain concrete? I wanted to make it for my son and let him paint the driveway.

By Corrie


October 26, 20110 found this helpful

I have never seen any stained sidewalks from the purchased sidewalk chalk, but I don't know about the home made sidewalk chalk.

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April 8, 2013

Could you use food coloring, for the colors or do you have to use the paint?

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September 15, 2010

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk chalk art can be a lot of fun for kids and the chalk is easy to make yourself using Plaster of Paris.


  • 1 cup Plaster of Paris

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • powdered tempera paint
  • Something to use as a mold *


Mix the water, Plaster of Paris and powdered tempera paint. The more tempera paint you add, the deeper the color of the chalk will be. Then pour the mixture into you mold.

* Mold Ideas

Toilet Paper Roll: A toilet paper roll works as a mold. Just seal one end with duct tape and pour the mixture into the mold and let it dry. When I use toilet paper rolls I like to let it dry for over 24 hours. You can line the toilet paper roll with wax paper so that the chalk will easily slide out.

Egg Cartons: Egg cartons are nice because you can do numerous different colors in one mold.

Dixie Cups: 5 ounce dixie cups also work well.

Film Cannisters: Just line with wax paper and the chalk will slide right now.

Note: Be sure to follow all safety precautions on the Plaster of Paris box. And, this makes a mess!



Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Another easy chalk mold is old ice cube trays. That way all the pieces are uniformly shaped. (08/06/2004)

By Cheryl from Missouri

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

you say 1/2 water meaning a cup please ,let me know this sounds great for my classroom thank you patty
Editor's Note: yes, it is 1/2 cup water. I changed the recipe. (06/20/2006)

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Where do you get the paint powder? (06/27/2007)

By Peg

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

I'll bet ice cube trays would work well, but the pieces wouldn't be very big. They'd be easy to pop out I would think! (07/03/2008)

By Pam

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

I use the bigger dixie cups. It makes it easy because you can just tear the cup away when the chalk has hardened. An added bonus is that the chalk is slightly tapered so it won't roll all the way down the sidewalk. Instead, it just rolls in a circle. (04/25/2009)


By Melissa

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Why would regular food dye not work? It is intense enough in colors, you can make your combination. I have a 5 gal bucket left of Pop that I bought a big sack of. Will give it a try with food coloring.

Another thought, gently tap, tap, tap the poured molds to get the air bubbles out of. Do not hasten the drying process mechanically (like with hair dryer, microwave, etc). WHY do I say that? With my big projects I have done that, fine. With small ones it does not work. (07/07/2010)

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