Learn how to make chalk paint out of small, broken and water soaked pieces of sidewalk chalk. This recycled DIY chalk paint recipe is perfect for outdoor art projects. Homemade chalk paint is the perfect medium for messy outdoor process art that can easily be washed away.
Making recycled homemade chalk paint is so easy, you don’t even need a DIY chalk paint recipe!
All you need to do is invite your children to collect old pieces of sidewalk chalk and follow these simple step by step directions to learn how to make chalk paint.
Make some DIY chalk paint with your children today! Do it yourself chalk paint is the perfect medium for outdoor art projects that kids will LOVE!
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DIY Chalk Paint for Outdoor Art
My daughter and I LOVED painting with our recycled homemade chalk paint. DIY chalk paint is the perfect medium for messy outdoor process art that can easily be washed away!
We used our homemade chalk paint to create shadow sidewalk chalk art on our driveway. It was like painting with dusty watercolors on a huge canvas… click on the link if you would like to see the sidewalk chalk art that we made with our recycled chalk paint.
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Recycled Chalk Paint Recipe Supplies
- Broken and/or water-soaked pieces of chalk or new sidewalk chalk
- 1-quart freezer bags (weak bags can get destroyed making chalk paint)
- Rubber mallet or hammer
- Metal pitcher or recycled container for water
- Old muffin tin or recycled containers (yogurt, cottage cheese, and sour cream containers work great!)
How to Make Chalk Paint with Recycled Sidewalk Chalk
Learn how to make homemade chalk paint with the easy step by step directions below.
Step 1 – Collect sidewalk chalk
Round up the kids and invite them to collect small broken and water soaked pieces of chalk to make homemade chalk paint. New sidewalk chalk can also be used if you don’t have enough broken pieces.
Step 2 – Sort sidewalk chalk by color
Use this step as a color sorting activity for kids.
Invite your children to sort the chalk by color into a muffin tin or another container that would work to hold the chalk for color sorting.
Step 3 – Put each color of sidewalk chalk into a separate freezer bag
Place the chalk into freezer bags. Make sure that each color of broken sidewalk chalk is in its own freezer bag. Freezer bags are recommended because weak bags can rip and tear in the next step.
Step 4 – Crush sidewalk chalk into a fine powder
Step 5 – Put sidewalk chalk powder in containers
Add the powdered chalk to an old muffin tin or recycled container. Recycled sour cream, cottage cheese, and yogurt containers work great. Put one color of chalk powder into each muffin compartment or container.
Step 6 – Add water to sidewalk chalk powder and mix.
You want your DIY chalk paint to be the consistency of pancake batter. Start with less water than you think and add more if needed.
If your homemade chalk paint is too thin, crush up some more sidewalk chalk and add it to the chalk paint to thicken.
6. Allow recycled DIY chalk paint recipe to sit
Give your homemade chalk paint about 30-60 minutes to sit and settle. Give it a good stir before painting with it.
Homemade Chalk Paint Tips and Tricks
When using homemade chalk paint you will need to have water available to continue to add to the paint.
The powder can thicken as you use the chalk paint and you may find that you need more water. We kept a little metal pitcher near where we worked to easily add water whenever our chalk paint started getting a little dry.
The colors look a bit paler in color when they are wet than when they are dry. If you find any little chunks left in your chalk paint after you mix it up, use the handle of a paintbrush to crush it and mix it into the chalk paint.
I don’t recommend using this chalk paint recipe on a vertical outdoor chalkboard because it can run. Homemade chalk paint is best to use on flat surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and playgrounds.
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Try Shadow Art STEAM with Homemade Chalk Paint
We used our chalk paint to make shadow art on our driveway–a fun hands-on outdoor STEAM activity for kids.
My daughter and I LOVED working with chalk paint. It was like working with dusty watercolors on a giant canvas.
Homemade Chalk Paint for Outdoor Art
Making recycled chalk paint is a great way to recycle old broken and water soaked pieces of sidewalk chalk. Chalk paint is the perfect medium for outdoor process art that can easily be washed away.
The vibrant colors look beautiful painted on sidewalks and driveways. For more summer fun be sure to check out our summer bucket list seasonal activity guide.
You may also like our arts and crafts page for kids with lots of other creative ideas to try.
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