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After what feels like weeks of nonstop rain, we were finally supposed to get a break with two days of sun over the weekend.  I woke up on Friday to find that we had been granted a bonus day, as the skies were clear and it was already warming up.  It was a little bit like being in school and finding out it was an early release day that you didn’t know about.

Easy DIY Sidewalk Paint Tutorial

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who felt that way, as when I walked outside nearly the entire neighborhood was out.  There were lawn mowers being gassed up, lawns raked, garages being cleaned.  We all had spring cleaning fever and no one was going to let the opportunity to get some work done pass us by before the rain started to fall again.

While hubby dutifully went out to cut the grass, Bubbles and I went to Walmart to get a few cleaning supplies.  I needed some work gloves (do you know how many spiders can find their way into a garage during the winter? A lot), supplies to paint the mailbox, and a few others things.  Of course, when Bubbles saw that I was getting things to paint with, she thought she’d like to paint, too.

Make DIY Sidewalk Paint with cornstarch, water, and food coloring. #PurellWipes

I thought paint could actually be a great way to keep Bubbles entertained while we were all outdoors, but not the kind of paint I would be using.  But it’s easy to whip up some DIY sidewalk paint.

DIY Sidewalk Paint

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • food coloring in desired shades
  • paint brushes

Just mix together the water and the cornstarch until it’s smooth (as Bubbles mixed it she commented that it looked like milk).  I used one of my batter bowls, and then carried the base mix outside with our other supplies (to help contain the mess).

Outdoor fun for the family and kiddos with DIY sidewalk paint #PurellWipes

I had found a couple of plastic egg trays while we were at Walmart on clearance for under a quarter each.  These made great wells for paint mixing, but you could use disposable cups or an inexpensive muffin tin, too.  The batter bowl spout made it easy to pour the base into each of the wells, and then I started adding the food coloring.

Painting individual rocks (and maybe looking at the ants, too) with DIY sidewalk paint #PurellWipes

I had some bright neon food coloring, so it only took 2-3 drops to achieve vivid colors, but depending on what you’re using, you may need a few more.  After making a couple each of the original colors, we started making new shades by mixing two or three colors together.  This was especially fun for Bubbles who has asked a lot lately about which colors you need to mix to make certain other colors.

I had fun painting with the DIY sidewalk paint, too! #PurellWipes

Armed with a handful of paint brushes, and an old pair of pants and shirt, she set to brightening up the driveway while Daddy and I worked.  Of course I had to take a few breaks to do a little painting, myself.  Her giggles were infectious, and who doesn’t want to paint jewel-tone rocks outside?

Dirty hands are no match for #PurellWipes

When we were done I pulled the hose out to spray everything down and everything washed away easily.  Much to Bubbles’ delight, I also gave her a little misting now and then.

Dirty hands are no match for #PurellWipes

To get her really clean, though, I handed her some of the PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes I had found in the home cleaning section at Walmart.  They’re safe to use on both hands and face so she could get cleaned up all on her own (which to my independent kiddo is a big deal).

Dirty hands are no match for #PurellWipes plus let kiddos be responsible for their own cleanup

I always keep PURELL® Hand Sanitizer in the car, and now I’ll also be tucking one of these canisters of new PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes into my “on the go” bad, too.  They’re great for quickly cleaning up messes from your kids’ faces and hands while still killing 99.99% of illness-causing germs on hands.

You can find #PurellWipes in the home cleaning aisle at Walmart

They’re new, so if you’re having trouble finding them, be sure to look in the home cleaning aisle or area at Walmart.  I found mine between the home fragrances and other types of cleaning wipes.  Check out their loyalty program and grab yourself a coupon before you head out, and don’t forget the DIY sidewalk paint supplies, too!

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Have you tried DIY sidewalk paint before?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  3 Responses to “DIY Sidewalk Paint for Outdoor Family Fun”

  1. Can’t say that we’ve tried to make our own. It does look simple though – may have to give it a shot!

  2. […] Once you’re done with sidewalk chalk, make sidewalk paint! […]

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