Inspirational Sidewalk Chalk Art

Sarah Kelly of Waxhaw, NC found this colorful sidewalk chalk art on a recent walk.

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With the kids home from school and parents searching for simple projects to keep them busy, try jumping into the emerging trend of inspirational sidewalk chalk art!  Fun and positive sayings have been popping up everywhere from driveways to sidewalks in our area and all around North Carolina.

I have gathered together a gallery of photos from these public displays of art that have been spotted locally to help inspire you!  Imagine how nice it would be to keep this trend going with new positive sentiments to ponder on each of your daily walks around your neighborhood.

So take a gander at this photo gallery for some ideas, then grab your sidewalk chalk — or make your own with simple ingredients from home — and head outdoors to create your own public art displays!  Who knows whose day you could brighten with an encouraging saying or a colorful design!

Life Is Good_Bee Positive
Elizabeth and Noah McMurtry from Holly Springs, NC shared some positive messages and drawings with neighbors following a family walk around the neighborhood.
Hello Sunshine
Brighten someone’s day with happy messages like “Hello Sunshine”!
There is always something to be thankful for
There is always something to be thankful for.
You are going to be okay
You are going to be okay.
Be-You-tiful_You are enough
This Be-You-Tiful sidewalk chalk art reminds us that “You are enough”.
Walt Disney
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney
Mosaic Cross
Colorful Mosaic Cross
Dockens Family Driveway Art
The Dockens Family in Denver, NC spent a sunny afternoon creating this colorful mosaic on their driveway.

This week, we set out to make our own Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Paint.  We found the ingredients easily around our house, and finally found the squirt bottles at the dollar store for our puffy paint.  The kids had a brilliant time testing the recipe by decorating the driveway with colorful hearts, rainbows, and flowers.  But, we did find that this chalk paint bakes onto the driveway making it a bit harder to remove than regular sidewalk chalk.  Also, use all the paint in the same day as it doesn’t save well.

Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe

1 cup flour

1 cup water

1 tablespoon dish soap – just about any dish soap will work

5-10 drops of food coloring or washable paint

1 squeeze bottle for each color paint

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour and water until there are no lumps. Stir in the dish soap to the flour mixture.  Add food coloring until the desired color is achieved.  Pour the mixture into your squeeze bottle. Rinse your bowl before starting the next batch.

Happy painting!

Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Using ingredients from around the house, you can make your own sidewalk chalk paint!
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