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3 Ingredient DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint

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Do your kids like to paint?

Try making this easy 3-ingredient DIY puffy sidewalk paint! It’s a perfect project to get the family outdoors and spend some time being creative with your little artists. My kids still love to play with sidewalk chalk and this activity is a fun spin on that!

3 Ingredient DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint - A heart with "Hip2Save" written inside in puffy paint

Painting with squirt bottles is FUN!

We used an easy-to-make mixture of water, flour, and shaving cream. The result was a really nice paint that can be placed in squirt bottles to paint with. I bought my bottles online, but maybe check out a store like Dollar Tree for some. If you prefer, you can instead place paint in small bowls and use brushes to paint with, or even a large muffin tin with different compartments would work nicely.

3 Ingredient DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint - the 'ingredients' on a table

DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint

Supplies Needed: 
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shaving cream
  • food coloring
  • gallon freezer bags
  • plastic squirt bottles (I have these)
Directions:

3 Ingredient DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint - mixing the ingredients1. Inside a gallon-sized freezer bag, mix flour and water together so there are no clumps.


3 Ingredient DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint - adding food coloring

2. Add 10 drops of food coloring and 1/2 cup shaving cream. We did not measure, just estimate it. Close baggie and mix well using your hands on the outside of the bag.


3-Ingredient DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint - piping paint into a bottle

3. Cut the end of the bag and pipe mixture into the bottle. Don’t cut the end too large or it will be difficult to get into the bottle.


3-Ingredient DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint - bottles of paint plus drawings in paint

4. Secure lid and squeeze onto sidewalk to draw with. Keep some toothpicks nearby in case the squirt bottles get plugged with a clump of flour. (That happened to us, but was easy to fix.)


3-Ingredient DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint - a young girl drawing with the paint

Hooray for fun DIY sidewalk chalk!

My daughter and nieces really enjoyed this easy and inexpensive activity. It was a pretty day outside, and they painted for a long time.

Will the food coloring in the paint stain my driveway? This did not stain, but we made sure to hose it off with water before it was completely dry, so I recommend doing that just to be safe. You can use also some washable kids craft paint instead of food coloring if desired. I also recommend dressing kids in clothes they wouldn’t mind getting stained as well.


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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  1. Scarlet B

    Fun! Right now, the Dollar Tree has mustard and ketchup squeeze bottles. Two in the package, so 50 cents each 🙂 Of course, they’re red and yellow only.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh – great tip Scarlet! Thanks 👍

  2. Sue

    If you’re concerned about staining try soap color instead. We use it in our slime making, play dough making etc. It looks like it’ll stain the hands, but as soon as water hits the hands it washes clean! Plus it comes out if they wipe their hands on their pants.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice advice Sue! Thanks for sharing 👍

    • Brit

      Where do you buy that soap?

  3. Jenn

    You could save a step and use the plastic Ziploc bag. Kinda like a icing bag

  4. Hhhhh

    Pretty sure shaving cream shouldn’t be going down outdoor drains and such -_- sorry environment

  5. Mindy

    Do you have any ideas of a good shaving cream substitute? I’m allergic to the cheap shaving creams that are usually used for these kinds of things. Like anaphylaxis level allergic. Not sure what brand/ingredients though, because I don’t want to risk it, again, so I’ve just steered clear.

    • YMMmom

      You can always use cornstarch instead of shaving cream. I hate the smell of cheap shaving cream.

  6. Kristin

    How long does the paint store for? Could I make it the day before a get-together and it still be good?

    • Lea

      It does not store well. After 24 hours it builds up gas and will pop the top off the squirt bottle. After 48 hours it smells like something dead a rotting!! LOL I speak from experience!

  7. Olivia, Ben, And Christie

    We tried this and loved it. Can’t wait to do it again!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay – I’m so glad! Thanks for sharing ❤️

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