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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 ingredients
1. 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 the 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.


Join The Discussion

Comments 38

  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?

      • Dee Dee

        Craft stores like hobby lobby or Michaels. Just ask for soap coloring

    • Teacher Lisa

      You can also make watercolors using tempura paint watered down or you can buy liquid water colors.

    • Julianna

      Will it stain my drive way?

  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

    • Merry

      It’s all going to end up in the same place

      • Nikki

        Actually, most municipal drains go straight to a waterway, not for treatment. Household waste water from your sink, shower, toilet go to a water treatment plant before hitting a waterway.

    • SueB

      The amount of shaving cream is pretty small compared to the rest of the mixture. It’s not like millions of kids will be going out there and coloring with this mixture! It’s less than a man uses in a couple days or what ladies use in a week!

  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!

      • Sara

        I made some for my daughter’s birthday party and they exploded all over my room

      • Linda Sardonell

        That’s because flour and water left to sit is basically sourdough starter.

        • Steph

          So I wonder if it was refrigerated temporarily? Although I guess that could potentially end in a huge mess 🤷🏼‍♀️

  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 ❤️

  8. Anita L Evans

    my kides will love this

  9. Leslie

    How long does it take to dry approximately?

  10. Sandy

    My granddaughter and I had with this puffy sidewalk paint today. Will do it again soon.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s fun! Thanks for sharing Sandy!

  11. Julie

    My kids made this last week. Our recipe was: 1 cup flour, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon dish soap, 5-10 drops food coloring. Worked great. You do need to use it the day you make it.

    • Jenn Hietpas

      Yes same day as the flour and water will start producing a gas similar to a bread starter mix.

    • Yoki Maurx

      Did it stain the sidewalk? How long did you leave it on the sidewalk?

  12. Teresa

    We grated sidewalk chalk into the mix instead of food color. Works perfectly. We used one piece of sidewalk chalk per mix

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome – thanks for the tip!

  13. Aubrey

    Just did this…lots of fun…BUT…will it come off with a heavy rain? ;0)

    • jules

      Nope! We had to take a garden hose and spray it hard!

  14. linda

    We made a similar sidewalk puffy paint. I was shocked at how long it lasted. After a number of rains and even snows there are still some remnants hanging on more than 3 weeks later. The color faded with time so staining wasn’t a problem for us. I couldn’t find squeeze bottles in the stores so we used sandwich bags with the ends snipped off. Not as nice as a squeeze bottle but worked ok.

    • Jenn Hietpas

      Right. Did the same and it still there after a month.

      Don’t get me wrong it awesome. But you just have to be careful on what you plan to use it for. There is a pic of a driveway chutes and ladders game floating around. This would be perfect for that so you can play it without needing to map it out again and again.

      Another great use is if your teaching your kids to recognize letters, numbers or shapes, even boundaries for safe play. As you won’t have to take precious play time to needing to keep marking them as you would with normal sidewalk chalk.

  15. Alysia

    This is a cute idea but not super time efficient or effective. I followed the recipe and used the bottles recommended. It took a lot of time to get the mixture in the bottles (her method did not work) and the bottle tops kept getting clogged. We’ll just stick with old school sidewalk chalk.

  16. Lorica A Janeiro

    Omg. Does some one on every post need to rag about some kind of kid fun. I mean really is not enough shave cream to hurt the environment. Perhaps stop driving your car and drinking from plastic that may save or world. Kids kids kids. We want our kids to have safe fun. This is fun and safe wow nothing is sacred anymore.
    And for the pist wow great idea did this for my neighbors kids graduation drive by. It 101 today n it baked on its all good. Maybe negative Nancy cash write me a sidewalk ticket. Wow…your great Love the pist n idea thanks alot…

  17. Libby Opell

    Wonder if crushed chalk would work for coloring the items??

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