As the days are getting shorter and the evenings a little cooler, it’s important to make the most of what’s left of summer. Since it’s been a very unique summer, and many of us have spent more time at home than ever before, you might be running out of ideas for ways to keep the kiddos entertained. This DIY chalk activity is perfect for the whole family.
Chalk paint is easy to make and can be used on a variety of surfaces, such as chalkboards and sidewalks. If your family enjoys creating, keep reading to find out how to make your own chalk paint and different ideas for ways to use it. Plus you’ll find printable stencil packs you can use for painting!
Ways to Use Homemade Chalk Paint
This decorative paint is particularly awesome, because it’s fun for all ages to use! Kids and adults can both get creative with DIY chalk paint to create art they are excited about. Chalk paint washes away from surfaces easily, so not only is cleaning up always a breeze, but you can always change your design!
Here are a few ideas for how kids of all ages and adults can have fun with chalk paint:
On a sidewalk or driveway:
- Create constellation art by using star stencils
- Create games to play, such as four square or hopscotch
- Show your support for a movement or cause
- Practice counting or spelling
- Paint people, places, and things!
On a chalkboard:
- Write a funny joke to make someone smile
- Create a food menu to display
- Display a daily affirmation or inspirational quote to stay motivated
- Highlight a countdown to an important date
- Draw a picture to put on display
How to Make Homemade Chalk Paint
DIY chalk paint is super simple to make. You’ll just need three basic ingredients: water, cornstarch, and food coloring! Before you get started, check out these fun stencil packs and download one or all of them to use while you paint.
- Sidewalk Stencils for Kids
- Chalkboard Stencils for Adults
- Letter & Number Stencils for Kids and Adults
Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:
- Homemade chalk paint does not store well. Luckily, it’s easy to make. So just be sure to whip it up the same day you plan to paint.
- If your paint seems runny, add more cornstarch. Alternatively, if it seems too thick, add more water.
- Remember that chalk paint can take some time to dry – even up to a few hours.
- If the chalk paint goes onto the surface looking a bit clear, don’t worry! As the paint dries, the color will show through.
- Only apply a thin layer of paint. If the paint goes on too thick, it may peel off the surface.
Use the guide below to learn how to make chalk paint and for additional inspiration on how to use it.