DIY Sidewalk Gel Paint

My youngest was bored last week while her big sister was away at camp. It was a beautiful afternoon outside, so I decided to whip up a batch of sidewalk gel paint. It’s simple to make and quick to clean up with a hose. And the best part, it kept her busy for an entire hour! Are you in need of a summer boredom buster? Check out the recipe below.


DIY Sidewalk Gel Paint


6 tablespoons of cornstarch

4 cups of water

food coloring


In a small bowl, whisk together 1 c. of cold water and 6 tbs. of cornstarch until smooth.

Bring the remaining 3 c. of water to a boil in a saucepan. Turn heat down to low.

While stirring, slowly pour cornstarch/water mixture into the hot water.

Continue stirring until the mixture thickens.

Pour gel into individual containers. Stir in 5 – 10 drops of food coloring to give desired color.

Allow the gel paint to cool completely.

Have fun!