DIY Chalk Paint - Outdoor Fun for Kids

A Mess-Free Alternative you can make at Home

By Renae Gonzalez June 17, 2022

Kids love to play outside - kids love to draw with chalk! How would you like to take it up a notch with Chalk Paint you can easily make at home? My daughters and I sat down and made a list of possible activities to fill our long summer days with fun. They said the local pool, and parks, and playing with friends. Great.

And then my daughter said chalk. 

Ugh - Chalk! I am not the biggest fan of sidewalk chalk. Sure it's fun, but it leaves them - and their clothes full of powder that they inevitably track all over the house. So they had their list, and I had my mission: Find an alternative to traditional chalk that my girls could use this summer. After some trial and error, we created a chalk paint that creates sidewalk masterpieces, while keeping hands and clothing clean. MAJOR. WIN. 

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • A squeeze of dish soap 
  • 6-7 drops of washable paint or food coloring to give the paint color - food coloring can stain
  • Mixing bowl
  • Something to store the chalk paint in - we used squirt bottles, but you could store it in a jar and use a paintbrush, or put it in a spray bottle and spray for some abstract chalk art!


  1. Mix the water and flour together in a bowl. 
  2. Add a squeeze of dish soap to the mixture. Continue to stir. 
  3. Add the coloring until you reach the color you'd like your sidewalk paint to be. 
  4. Transfer the paint to your container.
  5. Repeat again with a different color to make as many different chalk paints as you'd like. 
  6. Create your sidewalk masterpiece! 

Pro tip: Washable paint comes off a little easier than food coloring. If you are using food coloring, wash the design off before it completely dries to ensure it does not leave a mark. 

Simply use water to wash away your designs. 

Have fun in the sun with your new chalk paints!

We'd love to see your works of art! Be sure to tag us with @macaronikid on social media so we can see your masterpieces this summer!