Happy St. Patrick’s Day…Let’s Celebrate with Chalk Paint

I’m not really sure if I have any Irish in me or not – my mom has always called my dad “Swiss Cheese” because he’s got a little of every nationality, expect Italian, which I get from her.

I did go to one of the most Irish schools in the country though (WE ARE ND!) so I feel like it’s cool to claim some Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day was L’s first holiday last year, which means that this year it’s the first holiday that isn’t his first and I’m a little sad!  I decided to make myself feel better by getting a little crafty.

In November my friend Christa, who is the blogger behind Little Us, posted this super easy recipe for Chalk Paint.  I’ve been dying to use it on our driveway but because we’ve had a crazy cold winter I haven’t been able.

It’s finally getting nicer and as a way to make L’s second St. Patrick’s Day special I decided to give Christa’s recipe a try.

Since I was only using one color, I decided to double her recipe.  I also found that I needed to add MORE than double the food coloring to find a color I liked.  I ended up using 20 drops of the food dye.

St Patricks Day Chalk Paint

The other change I made is to use cold water when mixing.  Christa didn’t specify what temp to use but after a Google search the general consensus was cold is best!

Finally, it was suggested that a foam brush be used.  For the life of me, I couldn’t find mine so I used a regular art brush instead – it worked great!

Using the chalk paint was really easy!  It took me about 15 minutes to get the message written out – but I’m a bit of a perfectionist and got interrupted a few times.

Here is my version of Homemade Chalk Paint



Ingredients:

2/3 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup COLD water

20 drops of green food coloring

Mix the above ingredients together until combined well.

And that’s all there is too it – it’s as easy as that!

Now getting Lucas to sit still long enough for me to take a usable picture is another story!  This was the best we could do.  So Happy St. Patrick’s Day from my Lucky Charm!

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EDIT: Just as a small side note, this washed off very easily.  We had a rain storm the day after I did this and all traces of our chalk paint were gone!

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