Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What? You don't want your house splatter painted??

Looking for something fun to fill the summer days?  Starting to hear the horrible words, "I'm BORED!" yet?  If so, I've got an idea!

Not a completely novel idea, mind you, but an idea, nonetheless.  These pictures, this entire post, actually, is really from last summer.  (Look at how tiny they all are!!!)

I didn't get it posted quickly enough, though and summer faded into chilliness and it just didn't seem right to post this along with pumpkins for fall.   

I originally saw (and pinned) this from 30 Handmade Days.  You may have seen it there too, when Infarrantly Creative guest posted.  If not, I guarantee you've seen it around pinterest.

The only problem with that "original recipe"?  I didn't have washable tempera paint.  And I didn't have time to load up the kids and go find some.
So how did we get our sidewalks looking like this?

With a little substitution.
And that's it!  Just dissolve the cornstarch in the hot water really well, mix in the food coloring, pour it into a spray bottle and shake it up!

Grab a colorful basket from the dollar store,

And that's a wrap!  All your little spray chalk paint contained in one spot.  We kept ours out on our porch all summer long for endless fun whenever the kids wanted it.  Just be sure to shake them up each time you use them because the cornstarch can settle to the bottom.

I bet I know what you're thinking.  It's the same thing my sister was thinking when I brought this over to try at her house.  "FOOD COLORING???  What was SHE thinking?!?" But, BUT... no worries.  It literally washed right off the sidewalk with the next rain - which around here is pretty much ever other day.  We even accidentally got some on her house - which she was kind of hyperventilating about, and that came off too!

 Of course, you may want to wear play clothes you don't care much about.  You know.  Just in case.

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Christine said...

This is sooo cool!! I'm going to make some for my girls! They are going to love it!

You are planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality.. right? Please :)

alanna rose said...

Fantastic idea, and I have all the ingredients...I see a lovely front walk in my future ;) thanks for the idea!

StephaniePumphrey said...

Hydroxyapatite Coating , a group of processes in which finely divided metallic or nonmetallic materials are deposited in a molten or semimolten condition to form a coating.

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