How to Make Chalk Paint

by Merissa on June 12, 2014

in Make Your Own

How to Make Chalk Paint - Little House Living

How to Make Chalk Paint

We've been looking for some fun and different things to do this summer during the long days. Since our oldest is only 2, I needed some fun things for him to do that he can handle doing without too much extra help. We have some sidewalk chalk and he does alright with that but at the moment he really loves to paint.

At the farmhouse we have a real concrete sidewalk that goes from the mudroom door to the deck. If you think I'm making that sound like it's something special, it is to me! When I was growing up everything was gravel and dirt, pavement was no where to be found. So I was pretty excited for my little guy to have a concrete patio place to be able to play on.

Like I mentioned above, sidewalk chalk is fun but chalk painting is fun and just enough of a different activity that it seems like something new. Instead of shaving up our valuable sidewalk chalk, there is a different and easy way how to make chalk paint.

I found all of these ingredients at my local store (although they are available online as well if you are having trouble finding them). It cost less than $8 for all the paint and plaster I bought and it will last us for many many art sessions. πŸ™‚

How to Make Chalk Paint

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup Plaster of Paris (Where to Buy)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Tempura Paint or another washable paint (Where to Buy)
  • Containers & Brushes

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How to Make Chalk Paint

Gather your supplies, and of course, a little helper πŸ™‚

How to Make Chalk Paint

Mix together the Plaster of Paris and the water. Add in the paint until it reaches the desired color.

How to Make Chalk Paint

Let your little one use the brushes to paint the chalk paint on the sidewalk or on concrete. Wash off with water. Art! And don't washes off your little one just as easy as it washes off the sidewalk.

Farmer Boy loves this little activity and I love that it's something he can do by himself and me and the baby can sit outside and watch him be an artist. πŸ™‚

Find more inexpensive things to do on our Crafts and Homemade Gifts page!

What are some fun, frugal summer activities that you have for your little ones?


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1 Lana June 12, 2014 at 8:43 am

Great post and I have all of those things on hand for making it for the grandchildren. Does it wash out of clothing too? I don’t want to be the bad Nana who ruined the kids clothes!

I think I must have missed something since I did not know about “baby”!


2 Merissa June 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Yes it does. Farmer Boy makes a really big mess with it and it’s come out of all his clothing so far πŸ™‚


3 Jessica K June 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

This looks like fun! Very messy fun, but lots of fun all the same. My little one is only 7 months so we haven’t done anything like this yet. It’s nice to get ideas for the future. πŸ™‚

I found you through the BeYouTiful link up.



4 Life Breath Present June 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Thanks so much for this idea! I bet Baby Boy and I might even be able to do this where we live πŸ™‚


5 Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines June 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Thanks for sharing your great idea with us at The Four Seasons Blog Hop~ Lynn


6 Kendra @ June 15, 2014 at 11:10 pm

What a fabulous idea! Would be such fun for the summer holidays! Would love for you to share it at our linky blog party, on my blog in the morning πŸ™‚


7 Kristina & Millie June 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

How fun! We had some chalk sidewalk fun but this would be even better I think. I have to make this for the grandbabies!


8 Theresa @DearCreatives June 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives


9 Sarah Mueller June 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Ooh – what a beautiful mess your kids made! This looks like loads of fun. We’re featuring you at Family Fun Friday this week at Happy and Blessed Home. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


10 ang June 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm

I love, love, love this – apparently, so did the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! participants because you’re this week’s fan favorite!!
Congrats and thanks for linking up with us again!


11 [email protected] in Pyjamas June 22, 2014 at 7:38 am

What a fun, cool project. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! [email protected] in Pyjamas


12 erin June 23, 2014 at 7:21 am

What a fun and wonderful activity!! My kids would love this. You are featured on Good Tips Tuesday today. Thanks for linking up!


13 Melissa French, The More With Less Mom June 27, 2014 at 6:33 am

This looks like fun. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Turn It Up Tuesday!


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