Make Your Own: Chalk Paint

By | June 5, 2013

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So, here’s the thing: there is absolutely no chalk in this chalk paint.  But whip up a batch of this cornstarch-based paint, and set your kids loose on the driveway – it will wash right off with the hose.  Chalk paint is easy to make, easy to clean up, inexpensive, and most of all, fun!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Jars for shaking
  • Bowls and brushes for playing

To make the paint, you’ll want a 3:4 ratio of cornstarch to water.

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For these jelly jars, we used 6 tbsp. cornstarch and 1/2 cup water.

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Did you know there are 4 tablespoons in a 1/4 cup?  Bruce says that’s his favorite conversion.  Everyone has a favorite conversion, right?  That’s totally normal.

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Add 8-10 drops of food coloring.

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Then, find yourself some volunteers – and tell them to get to shaking!

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We poured the paint into plastic bowls, handed each kid an old sauce brush, and they were off.

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This past weekend was a beautiful one – sunny skies, relatively mild temperatures, and only a minimal amount of wind.  Bruce and John took the opportunity to try out their brand-new Ruby Street Brewing System and the kids had a great time with this simple project.  Their only complaint?  They ran out of paint!

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What do you see here?  I see…a bird?  A space alien?

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I’m guessing…a fish?  Maybe a mermaid?

So, for a quick, easy project this summer, whip up a batch of this chalk paint.  You’ll have your own driveway bird-space-alien in no time.


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