Homemade Chalk Paint + How to Draw a Turkey

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I try and turn pretty much everything into a photo op. I can’t help it, I adore my kids and I love the memories that pictures provide. Right now we’re running low on warm days and even when it is warm it doesn’t seem to stay that way for long. So utilizing our outdoor space is our best bet instead of packing up and going somewhere else like the part.

Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of fun things to do in our back yard or even our front yard (since we don’t really have one) but we do have a driveway which is perfect for chalk! I love chalk because it gives Mason outside time and he gets to practice being artistic. Since it’s the fall I thought it would be fun to make my own fall colored chalk!

But not just any chalk, homemade chalk paint which is perfect for your sidewalk. I made the paint in Green, Yellow, Orange, Red and Brown.

You’ll Need

  • 1/3 – cup great value cornstarch
  • 1/3 – cup water
  • Food Dye
  • several drops of food coloring or icing paste


Mix 1/3 cup water with 1/3 cup corn starch

Mix Water with Corn Starch

Then add Food Dye


5 Drops Red 5 Drops Yellow


5 Drops Green


15 Drops Red


5 Drops


5 Drops Red, 5 Drops Yellow, Mix, then 3 Drops Blue.

and just like that your homemade chalk paint is ready:

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Mason was super excited to make the chalk but he wasn’t as interested in playing with it, it was a little cold and I think it discouraged him. Instead he stayed in his nice warm and fuzzy Carter’s Toddler microfleece Dino PJs playing with his blocks


But the cold didn’t discourage me. Instead I made a Turkey out of the chalk paint so that I could take cute pictures with Kyla (Mason refused, little stinker!).

Okay so I can’t draw for the life of me. This isn’t a perfect turkey AT ALL. Not even close. But at least you can tell what it is and if I can do it, you can do it. So I present you with a step by step on how you can do it too! I suggest using these sponge paint brushes or something like them. They really soak up the chalk paint like you need them too!

 how to draw a turkey

 Step 4 is where it gets a little confusing. You may want to enlarge it at this point so you can get a better idea of what’s going on. Essentially you’re adding the lines on the wings, the eyes, nose, wing, feet and the little thing on top of their head that I don’t have a name for ;). Then step 5 is where you add the color. I choose to add color to the nose, feet and the head thing! If you’re feeling ambitious you can color in the back feather in with brown! Then to finish it off I painted “Happy Thanksgiving” above the turkey. Why you ask?

Kyla Happy Thanksgiving

How precious is she!? I’m really hoping that Mason is more agreeable tomorrow so I can get a picture of both of them together! Fingers crossed that my latest delivery from Carter’s shows up! I got them some of the cutest matching outfits for a Christmas shoot and other warm baby girl fleece and toddler boy fleece items since it seems to be getting colder and colder by the second.

Carter’s has adorable girls fleece pants that go with just about anything and they didn’t forget about the men in our life, boys fleece hoodies are perfect for pairing with any outfit to keep your little one warm as the weather cools! Carter’s is there for you at bedtime too. Nothing keeps them warmer than snuggling into warm and cuddly fleece PJs, they have one piece PJs and two piece PJs in adorable prints for boys (monkeys, tigers, firetrucks + more) and girls (owls, puppies, hearts, stars + more)! Carter’s Fleece options make the perfect gift for this holiday season, I’ve put so many things on the kids wish list. hint hint 😉

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  1. Janet W. says

    Thanks for showing how to draw a sidewalk turkey! My grandson is excited about THanksgiving and would love to go out on the driveway and color in the feathers!

  2. Heidi says

    Thanks so much for the chalk paint recipe! My daughter is home all week for the school break so this will be a great activity!

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