Crooked Sidewalk Paint

So we were having one of those know...the kind where the kids needed an activity, STAT, or someone was going to go crazy...mostly likely me.

I recalled seeing on Pinterest a recipe for sidewalk paint.  I looked it up and decided to make it happen.
The original recipe called for food, no.  We don't have food coloring in our house usually and I certainly wasn't in the mood to pile the children in the car and go to the grocery store to spend money on something I'd use 3 drops of and then discard. So I fudged with the recipe a bit and made our own natural versions using beets, turmeric and chlorella (just like our play-dough).

Crooked Sidewalk Paint
Inspired by The Idea Room

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 tsp turmeric

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
2 tsp beet juice (boil fresh beets, when they're done, pop them in a container and put them in the fridge.  Condensation will happen and create "beet juice" perfect for coloring play-dough and sidewalk paint)

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 tsp chlorella powder

(sorry, no cute picture for "green", by then the children were chomping at the bit for the paint!)

Just whisk the ingredients and paint away!

It dries nice and chalky, but seems sort of "wet" when first applied.  You also have to use a lot of paint for a little drawing, so be prepared to make up a couple more batches if you have exuberant painters!

The color washes away easily, so no need to worry about your fancy concrete, although it may stain clothing, so err on the side of caution with that.

I can totally imagine doing this for a birthday or graduation message on the driveway...


eidolons said...

You have saved me! I know what I'm doing with the kids today. (:

momto5 said...

yeah. what a great idea. we are gonna do this today.

melanie said...

I'll do this when it warms up. We do use chalk all the time though but this looks easier to spread.

My husbands old boss lived in a neighbourhood where you had to wash all sidewalk chalk off the sidewalk before 9 p.m. in the evening. Crazy, no? I can still see Moira's art on our sidewalks that she did last fall - it seems to last through the snow.

Crooked Moon Mama said...

Mel, that IS crazy!!!

I keep forgetting many of my readers are still in snow!!

barefoot mama said...

So fun! I just love all of the fun tips I get here:))) Thanks!


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