Homemade Powder Paint Recipe

We love powdered paint and use it all the time in arts, crafts, play recipes, and sensory play.  We used to buy store bought powdered tempera, but we have recently started making homemade powdered paint, and it makes a great substitute.  It is so easy to make, very inexpensive, and there are TONS of ways to use it in PLAY.

Make Your Own Powdered Paint

Make your own powdered paint for just one dollar!  There are so many ways to use this homemade powder in arts, crafts, play recipes, and sensory play!

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Homemade Powdered Paint Recipe- What you Need
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  • Sidewalk Chalk (they have large boxes at Walmart and The Dollar Tree for only $1)
  • Zip seal bags
  • A hammer, mallet, or similar

All you have to do to make an amazing powdered paint is place sidewalk chalk in zip seal bags, one color per bag

homemade paint recipe

Crush the chalk using a hammer or similar until you have a fine powder- my girls love helping with this part

homemade paint recipe

The zip seal bags might get punctured from the hammering process, so we always store our crushed chalk powder in small containers

homemade paint recipe

The powdered paint colors produced from the chalk are so vibrant

homemade paint recipe

Just once piece of standard chalk produces a lot of powder, making this quite a frugal way to make powdered paint.

There are endless ways to use this homemade powdered paint in PLAY,too.  Here are some of the ways we have used it:
Magic Mud- a NEW play recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose               

Sidewalk Smoke Bombs- Fill eggshells with an easy to make chalk powder mixture and let kids delight in tossing them at the pavement to make beautiful clouds of smoke art in the air and neat art effects on the pavement! These are SO COOL! (A great way to use eggshells after eating the eggs)     Make Your Own Chalk Paint using just two ingredients!  This paint has the texture of chalk but the consistency of a liquid paint- can be used in arts, crafts, and even on the sidewalk!

We have lots more ideas on the way!  I will add more ways to play with this homemade powdered paint as we share them.  

Happy playing!

Make your own powdered paint for just one dollar!  So much cheaper than store bought and there are so many ways to use this powder in art & PLAY!

Click the photos below for more great paint recipes

Glowing ice painting        Pop Rock Paint        Kid Made Puffy Sand Paint- making the paint is so fun for kids and it is great for sensory play and art activities.
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