How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Want a little inexpensive summer fun for the kiddos?! For the Summer Issue of All You magazine I contributed an article sharing How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers,

It’s super easy to whip up and cleans up easily with rain or the hose!

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

The recipe is a 1 to 1 ratio, but for simplicity we’ll use 1 cup. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring (pastels are achieved with a drop or two, primary colors will need 5 or 6 drops)
  • plastic bowls or cups
  • paint brushes

Mix cornstarch and water together until smooth. Divide and add food coloring until you reach your desired colors.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers,

It’s that simple and it cleans up in a snap! So let your little Picassos go and have a bit of summer fun!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!  

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homemade lollipops

Aren’t these homemade lollipops from Better Homes and Gardens just fun?! I ran across them while looking for art birthday party ideas (see some of my art party crafts and treat ideas and our invitations and decor collection), but these could be great for any celebration. I’m thinking of my annual Christmas cookie decorating party. I mean, maybe Santa would like for us to mix it up this year and leave him a lollipop too!

Hop over to BHG for all the easy how-to steps and the recipe.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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art party photo op

As you can imagine, I just love taking pictures of my kids (and their friends… and desserts… and really all things pretty or interesting). So when we were planning our new art party collection, we of course had to have a photo op for the kids.

My best advice:

  • use a neutral background, clear of all clutter. If you know the party area is going to be hectic, hang a piece of coordinating fabric (stay away from wild patterns; it will only take focus away from those lovely faces that you’re trying to capture)
  • offer props that coordinate with your theme, the sillier the better so you can get them giggling
  • get in close. Full body shots are fine and sometimes adorable, but get creative with tight shots and odd angles.

For our prop, Bridget, my fabulous assistant, looked high and low for a whimsy purple frame (that she wanted to use at her daughter’s real party a few days after our shoot). The only one she found was $88. Ouch! So being the creative and crafty gal she is, she bought an unfinished $8 frame at a craft store, spray painted it purple and then embellished it with a double layer crepe rosette with a gumball center! When I posted the rosette we made for the graduation collection (how to details post), I told you that you’d likely see it again. {wink}

For more art party details, check out our party collection in the shoppe and my posts on the art party dessert table, a creative Crayola crayon craft idea, and how to create an art gallery complete with 3-D cupcake art. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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