Apr 14 2015
DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint – The Artful Year
Post by melissa fenlon

The Artful Year – DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Encouraging creative play through art is a huge part of our parenting philosophy. It’s most likely in our blood because our mom, an educator, always had art projects as part of our life at home growing up.

Sara started following the Artful Parent blog when Harper was little. It was so inspiring to help her generate art project ideas at home with a kiddo. I’ve been following the Artful Parent since Calla was little, too. Jean Van’t Hul’s Artful Parent blog and books are chockfull of inspiration, in the form of simple art projects and seasonal crafts. We absolutely love how she uses so many natural elements in her children’s art projects.

The Artful Year book, full of children's art projects and family friendly recipes

We’re thrilled to be giving away a copy of Jean’s newest book, The Artful Year. (Head on over to our Instagram to find out how to enter the giveaway). The Artful Year celebrates the seasons and holidays through craft projects and recipes. One quote I love from the book – “The next time you prepare to celebrate a season or holiday, think beyond the party. Notice. Share. Capture. Create.”

We’re all about celebrating warmer weather right now, so the girls and I whipped up some sidewalk chalk paint from the book. We had a ball painting a flower garden on the sidewalk. Calla, my five year old, thought it was amazing to use chalk, but in a paint form. Poppy, my 16 month old, couldn’t get enough of it. She sat and painted for over a half hour. Which you know for a 16 month old is a long time staying busy with one thing! After taking a break to play, she went straight back to the painting!

Learn how to make The Artful Year's sidewalk chalk paint

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint – From The Artful Year

Supplies: large spoon, cornstarch, water, medium bowl, cups, tempera paint or food coloring, paintbrush


  1. Mix equal parts of cornstarch and water in the bowl. (It will be hard to stir. Just do your best.)
  2. Divide the cornstarch mixture between individual cups, then stir in enough tempera paint or food coloring to reach the color intensity desired.
  3. Paint away! The paint washes away with rain or the spray of a hose.


Head to our Instagram to find out how you can enter to win a copy of The Artful Year.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own. Photos by Melissa Fenlon. All rights reserved.

DIY sidewalk chalk paint for summertime fun

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