Like any typical boys they love to make a mess and Milo has a real creative streak that has him asking to 'do painting' whenever he wants a fun activity to fill his time. As a baker with a tiny house, it's not always practical to get the tablecloths and painting equipment out so when I came across the idea of making my own chalk paint for the garden then I knew this would be perfect!
The recipe is ridiculously simple and contains things I always have in my cupboards. I've recently been trialling some new gel colours for my cakes so I thought I'd use them here as they come in squeezy bottles and dissolve quite quickly in watery liquids.
I used a 1:1 ratio of water and cornflour/cornstarch in this recipe but next time I'd be tempted to try a 1:2 ratio to make the paint a bit thicker as it was quite watery. It does a little lighter than it looks but it was washed off in the rain so don't worry about the paint bleaching your fences!
How to make your own paint
- Mix equal parts cornflour and water - I stirred this in a big measuring jug but found it settled after a while so I'd be tempted to try making this in squeezy bottles next time so they can shake the mixture as needed.
- Add food colouring - I use gel paste colouring so only needed a few drops but if you're using the food colourings from the supermarket then remember these are water based so they will add more liquid to your mix.
- Get painting! Milo used a silicone pastry brush as we didn't have any paintbrushes on hand but you can uses sponges/scrunched up paper or anything that absorbs the paint
Do you have any family activities planned for the summer? Check out my Pinterest board for a few ideas!