How to Make
Puffy Sidewalk Paint

Now that the kids are home for good since school has been canceled for the year, we are always trying to come up with new fun things to do. Especially creative ones! This activity was from a Pinterest post that I shared on my Facebook page a few weeks ago about how to make puffy sidewalk paint and we wanted to try it out! 

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How to Make Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Supplies The Social Easel

The girls and I had a lot of fun making our paints and doing the designs on the driveway! The ingredients are super simple and stuff you probably already have in your house!

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Puffy sidewalk paint is easy to make and fun for the kids to help with!! We didn’t take the measuring too seriously. We grabbed a bowl for mixing and had our bottles ready! You can see our dog Piper helping out too! She loves to be in the middle of things!

The Social Easel How to make Puffy Sidewalk Paint mixing

The Social Easel How to make Puffy Sidewalk Paint items

Grab your favorite food colorings and get ready for some fun! You can use gel food coloring or liquid. The gel definitely gives you a more vibrant color!

The food coloring we used in the Walmart set was okay for pastels, but we loved the brightness from our chef grade gels we had in with our baking supplies.

We may have just needed to add a whole lot more color than we did! Just add as much as you want until you like the color!

Here is a great set of concentrated food color!

We grabbed our plastic squeeze bottles from Walmart but you can also grab them from Amazon and have them shipped!

Other than the food coloring and gel, you just need some flour and dish soap!

DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint Supplies:

For Each Color You Will Need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap ( we didn’t measure and just eyeballed it)
  • 5-10 drops of food coloring


  1. In a mixing bowl, add one cup of flour and one cup of water. Mix until most of the lumps are gone.
  2. Stir in the dish soap to the flour mixture.
  3. Add your food coloring and stir until its all mixed together!
  4. Pour mixture into your squeeze bottles. We ended up with just enough each for 16oz bottle so it was great!

The Social Easel How to Make Puffy Sidewalk Paint Squeeze Bottles

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Keep doing the same method until you have all the colors you want!  Now the kids are ready to get creative. We did flowers, rainbows, sunsets and more! The girls loved it.

Catch Us In Action!

You will want to go ahead and use this all the day you make it. Don’t leave it overnight or it may explode on you and ain’t nobody got time for that! Lol! We left our creations up for a few days. Clean-up is super easy and the kids loved helping with the clean-up time as well! We were blessed with some warm days so the hose felt pretty good.

Painting on the Sidewalk The Social Easel Online Paint Studio

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Hope you guys have tons of fun and enjoy it! I know we will be doing it again several times over the summer!  Stay creative and keep that joy spreading to your family and beyond!