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Puffy Sidewalk Paint

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The days are getting warmer which means that the kids will be outside more. We love sidewalk chalk because it’s a fun activity for kids (and adults) of all ages to do outside. This puffy sidewalk paint recipe only requires a few materials and it’s such a clever spin on the traditional store bought sidewalk chalk. Kids will love painting with this diy sidewalk paint this summer!

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Puffy Sidewalk Paint

This sidewalk chalk paint squirts out easily and stays “puffy” when it hits the concrete. Kids can easily draw pictures or write words with this liquid chalk! You can make the chalk any color you’d like, or make a whole rainbow of colors! Dish soap is added to this recipe to make clean-up super easy.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Supplies Needed To Make Puffy Sidewalk Paint

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 TBSP Dish Soap – we like this brand which is a bio-based formula and does not contain any triclosan
  • Washable Kids Paint or Food Coloring. Note: while we did test it with food coloring and it did not stain the concrete when washed while still wet, we recommend using the washable kids paint if you are worried about staining. For extra precaution you can buy washable sidewalk paint. Also be sure to read our notes on staining precautions below before making this recipe.
  • Plastic Squeeze Bottles

This recipe will fill up about 1 large bottle of sidewalk chalk paint. If you want to make multiple colors, double or triple the recipe and just divide the mixture before adding the food coloring.

Notes on Staining:

We suggest testing the puffy sidewalk paint in an inconspicuous area and then try washing it away with water. Washable paint and food coloring should rinse off easily with regular water like regular sidewalk chalk does. However, do not allow it to sit for long in the sun and we do not recommend doing this activity in high heat temperatures. Sidewalk chalk or paint (similar to washable paint) is also designed to be washable but can sometimes stain newer driveways or sidewalks if the surface still has open surface pores in the concrete which can absorb the colorants. We did not have any issues washing ours away however we cannot guarantee these results for every surface and therefore suggest you test a small spot before doing this activity.

Steps To Make Puffy Sidewalk Paint

1. Begin by mixing the flour and water together until there are no lumps left.

Add Flour to Make Puffy Paint

2. Add the dish soap and mix well. The dish soap will help make the clean-up much easier.

Add Dish Soap to Sidewalk Paint

3. If making multiple colors, divide the mixture into separate bowls and mix in a little bit of washable kids paint until you get the color you want.

If using food coloring, add about 8-10 drops but no more or it may cause staining on your concrete.

Sidewalk Puffy Paint


4. Use a funnel to fill up a plastic bottle. You may need to snip off the tip of the plastic bottle so that the puffy chalk paint can squirt out more easily. If you want the paint to be less thick and more like regular paint, you can substitute the flour for corn starch.

Sidewalk Paint Bottles


5. Have fun creating outside with your puffy sidewalk chalk!

Tip: To avoid getting clothes stained if using food coloring, we recommend kids wear old clothes or painting clothes while doing this activity.

Sidewalk Paint Puffy Paint

6. Clean-up time! When you are finished, simply spray it down with a garden hose on the highest pressure setting. The dish soap should help make the clean-up easier. We recommend you spray while the paint is still wet and do not let it dry in the sun. If this happens, get a brush broom to help scrub some of the paint off while spraying with water.

If you are still having difficulty cleaning up, wet the paint and wait 5 minutes. Then spray the area with the highest pressure setting on your nozzle and as close to the paint as possible on a slight angle.

Rinse off Sidewalk Paint

Once you make this fun sidewalk chalk paint, you won’t want to buy any store-bought sidewalk paint! Kids will love that they can get involved with both mixing it up in the kitchen and playing with it outside!

If you are interested in trying a store-bought sidewalk paint, we recommend this kind by Crayola. To make it puffy you can mix the flour and water to this paint too.

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DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint for Kids

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4 comments on “Puffy Sidewalk Paint”

  1. I made this today using washable paint and the kids loved it! It was a lot of fun until I started to clean the driveway.  It was above 100°F and the heat probably cooked it on the concrete. It didn’t come off easily and in some parts, it didn’t come off at all.  We’ll need to power wash the area. 

    • Thanks for sharing your experience Barb. Sorry that happened! Yes the high heat would definitely make it difficult to come off, we recommend not letting it dry too long in the sun. When spraying, spray the area on the highest pressure setting on your nozzle and as close to the paint as possible on a slight angle.

  2. I love your idea!!! Sounds so fun for a boring summer day?

  3. Can’t wait to make the puffy sidewalk paint with my grandchildren! ?

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