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Thursday, July 9, 2009

* Color My Driveway: DIY Cornstarch Sidewalk Paint


If I had known about this as a kid, my parents would have had the
most colorful driveway in the neighborhood!
DIY sidewalk paint is so fun and easy to make.


We decided to give it a try.


I don't know what took me so long! It was love at first sight.

Ingredients: 

We mixed up a paste with:
cornstarch,
food coloring, and
water.

I used my trusty muffin tin as our palette. The colors were so vivid!
We had a great time.


Ah...Rainbows...sigh.

Helpful Tips if you try this at home:

1. I mixed the cornstarch and food coloring first inside the house.
We carried the muffin pan with the dry powder outdoors,
THEN added the water with a small watering can (to control splashing)
This way we didn't slosh and stain the house on our way outdoors!

2. Make sure you use a good ratio of cornstarch to water.
You'll want it to be a thicker paste not too watery so the color will show up.


The only disappointment was that it dried very opaque and white.
I guess I should have used more food coloring,
but I was worried about the girls staining their clothes or the sidewalk!!




Now it's time to crack out our CRAYOLA chalk rakeand get busy -- Yay Rainbows!


Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea




20 comments:

mamakopp said...

Your driveway is so pretty now! ;) I love that recipe. I need to revisit it. Yeah for RAINBOWS~!

mamakopp said...

Your driveway is so pretty now! ;) I love that recipe. I need to revisit it. Yeah for RAINBOWS~!

Tan Family said...

Neat idea! I've never seen this before. We'll have to try it out. :)

kristen said...

I'm totally going to try this. Awesome!

The Lloyd Family said...

How fun! I'm glad you found the CDing links helpful on my 'green' blog!

BellaPepper said...

Oh wow, that looks like a lot of fun!

Leigh said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the recipe! Since it is warming up, I cannot wait to try this!

Anne said...

I didn't have food coloring in stock so I used packets of kool-aid and it worked great. The colors were really bright when it dried. Kids loved the smell and next rain it washed all away!

sara said...

thanks so much! I just did it with my boys this week. They LOVED it!! :)
i am so excited to try all your craft ideas.

here's our sidewalk paint:
http://queen-of-the-house.blogspot.com/2010/06/summer-art-project-1.html

blessings!
sara

Rebecca said...

Ive been seeing alot of great ideas with cornstarch lately! And this is definitely another great one to add to the list! Thanks.

christyhand said...

You can use washable liquid watercolors instead of food coloring if you're worried about staining clothes!

Kath said...

Oh, I love this idea so much! It's brilliant! My kids have been enjoying the process of making things lately, so to be able to make their own paint will be a delight. I can't wait for a sunny day to try this out! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.

Bonhomie Jewelry said...

Found your post via pinterest and so glad I did - can't wait to try it!

Mary said...

My daughter loves to make footprints on the back walk with her wet feet, but gets disappointed when they dry so fast in the sun. She asked me this morning, "how do we make them sticky?".
I remembered this post and gave it a try. We only had enough cornstarch to make one Chinese takeout tray of blue paint, but she was very happy. My driveway and back sidewalk are now covered in light blue footprints and handprints.
Thank you!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Mary -- So fun- I love it! I bet you love those little hand and footprints too : )

Might have to try this with my 4 year old and my 3 year old niece, it would be right up their alley!

-MaryLea (pink and green mama)

Sarah C. said...

Thanks for sharing! Found via Pinterest and tried with my 25mo son today. Kept him entertained for almost half an hour (probably a record for our crafty projects!). We really enjoyed it. :)

Kaylin said...

so I thought this was a great idea until me, my girls, and the concrete are all stained! Not sure what I did wrong

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Oh no Kailyn,

I'm guessing it will fade with multiple rain washings or a hose. My fingers are always stained for a day after we play with food coloring. Hope it fades quickly!

-ML

Anonymous said...

When I was little, my mom used to mix non-toxic paint with some dishwashing liquid to make driveway paint! It was fun too because it hardly ever rains in Texas, so sometimes it would stay there for weeks!

Jennifer Hughes said...

This post is perfect for the Monday Kid Corner Weekly Linky Party. The next party goes live Sunday morning and this week’s theme is SIDEWALK CHALK. Be sure to brush off those archives as well and link them up at http://thejennyevolution.com/category/linky-parties/monday-kid-corner/ See you there! Jennifer

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