Homemade Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

by Andrea Deckard

Yogurt parfaits are simple to make and perfect for an easy breakfast, quick snack or a healthy late-night treat!

I’ve been a bit obsessed with parfaits lately. Anytime we go through Chick-fil-A, I substitute a parfait instead of the fries. It’s healthier so I justify the additional cost that way :)

As I was licking the spoon off of my last fast-food purchased parfait, I realized I should just make these myself. And, I have ever since.

You really only need 2 main ingredients to make yogurt parfaits too. While this recipe lists out the specific fruit needed for the parfaits pictured, you just need any type of fruit. It can be fresh or frozen too!

Yogurt Parfait Ingredients

  • Greek Yogurt, or your favorite flavor
  • 1 mango, cut into small bite size chunks
  • 1 pepino melon or other melon, cut into small bite size chunks
  • Pomegranate seeds for top
  • Shaved coconut, optional
  • Honey, optional

Yogurt Parfait Prep Instructions

  1. Clean and prepare fruit.
  2. Layer yogurt into glass.
  3. Add mango and melon  on top of yogurt.
  4. Top with more yogurt.
  5. Add more fruit on top.
  6. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, coconut and a drizzle of honey.
  7. Serve immediately or cover and store in refrigerator overnight.

You don’t have to layer it but it just looks nice that way, right? :)

I purchased all of my ingredients at Aldi. I think their nonfat vanilla yogurt tastes the best of all store-brand varieties. They were all way cheaper than purchasing store-brand at any other store. And, I love shopping at Aldi to save without coupons!

As I mentioned I took these to my MOPS group recently. Putting them in the little cups as shown above worked out great as individual servings.

Yogurt Parfait Questions

Are yogurt parfaits healthy?

Yeap! But they can also contain a lot of sugar depending on the ingredients in the yogurt. I always prefer to go with a greek or nonfat vanilla to save on the calories and the additives.

Can yogurt parfaits be made ahead of time?

Yes, I do it a lot! You could add these to a mason jar and store in the fridge. If going to a gathering, I will make the night before and cover. I actually just cut up foil squares and place on the top of each since lids aren’t always available for these smaller disposable cups.

Will granola get soggy in yogurt parfaits?

Yes, it will. I would suggest waiting until serving before adding any granola. If you are taking these to a gathering, just take a bowl of granola with you as well so people can add themselves.

Are fresh or frozen fruit best in yogurt parfaits?

As I mentioned above, you can use fresh or frozen fruit. I will purchase frozen fruit a lot when making these for a few reasons. I want to have the fruit on hand whenever I get the craving. Blueberries aren’t in season in the dead of winter so paying for fresh would mean spending around $4 a pint…NOT! Plus, frozen fruit serves as refrigeration if/when you need to take these to a gathering like I did recently with my MOPS group.

Print

Yogurt Parfait

You can use fresh or frozen fruit to make yogurt parfaits. Frozen works well if you want to make ahead of time and keep chilled in the fridge longer.

  • Author: Andrea Deckard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • Greek Yogurt, or your favorite flavor
  • 1 mango, cut into small bite size chunks
  • 1 pepino melon or other melon, cut into small bite size chunks
  • Pomegranate seeds for top
  • Shaved coconut, optional
  • Honey, optional

Instructions

  1. Clean and prepare fruit.
  2. Layer yogurt into glass.
  3. Add mango and melon  on top of yogurt.
  4. Top with more yogurt.
  5. Add more fruit on top.
  6. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, coconut and a drizzle of honey.
  7. Serve immediately or cover and store in refrigerator overnight.

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us — we can't wait to see what you've made!

Yogurt parfaits are simple to make and perfect for an easy breakfast, quick snack or a healthy late-night treat! via @AndreaDeckard

{ 2 Comments }

Free Budget Spreadsheet

by Andrea Deckard

Free budget spreadsheet template to help keep your finances on track! Download this customizable budget template to your computer, edit and modify for your personal budget.

Since I wrote about ways to find your money drains earlier in the week, I wanted to share a budgeting spreadsheet with you that we personally use.

Since I’m a lover of excel and google drive, you can open the FREE Budgeting Spreadsheet and download in either of those programs. I personally prefer google docs because I can access the document from anywhere. Just enter your information in the form below and you will get the link to the spreadsheet immediately.

I will never send spam or give away your email address. Promise!

With the Budgeting spreadsheet, my husband and I can monitor and edit together as necessary too. Let me walk through the spreadsheet so you can see how we personally use it.

Budget Template

Budgeting Spreadsheet - Monthly Income

I know there are many free budget spreadsheets available but I wanted to personalize mine in order to help us achieve our financial goals. As you will see in the very top, I have two line items where you add your Monthly Income. I deliberately have these separate in case you and a spouse are working but want to eventually become a one-income family. More on that in a minute.

How to Budget

The bulk of this spreadsheet are your expenses and getting a good picture of what you are paying out each month. I’ll explain as follows:

Bill Name

List the name of your bill. I keep mine as generic names rather than saying “XYZ Bank.” The names listed are purely for example and that’s why a spreadsheet you can download yourself is much nicer than a PDF or printable since you can customize it for your family.

Category

I list a category. This isn’t really necessary but it’s interesting to get a picture of what categories are hogging up your money much like the online program Mint does for you. I use this mainly for planning.

Monthly Due

Enter the monthly total due to this bill name. You can see in the example, I have several items listed that most likely you use each week (Groceries, Gas, Allowance, etc). You want a monthly total here so you can understand how much you have to work with after all of your bills are paid. The site Mvelopes does something similar too.

This is another reason a spreadsheet is nice to have for a budget. You can easily see where the “fat” is and make adjustments quickly all while the formulas do the math for you.

Due Date

Kind of nice to know when things are due. This could be helpful to sort by if you get paid bi-weekly and want to make sure you have the funds in the bank to pay your bills on time.

Use Cash

Now this is one that I added 2 years ago when Paul lost his job unexpectedly. I wanted to use cash for some purchases but not go entirely cash-only. That’s where I don’t agree with Dave Ramsey’s model. :) I’m not going to walk into a gas station and pay for my gas. That actually takes me time. Since I believe time = money, it’s costing me by doing so. We use our debit card for these types of purchases so in my world, it’s just like cash.

For those categories that I really want to stick to the budget though, cash is perfect! For example, our boys are motivated by cash so they like to have that versus and IOU (although I have done that before). Also, with entertaining and a bazillion sporting events to attend, we need cash. I use this column to help me total up how much cash I need to withdrawal from the bank each month so I can make one trip.

Notes

Just enter anything you may want to remember about this bill. Perhaps you are paying off a credit card and you want to add your balance here as motivation. Use it as you see fit (or you can delete it if you want too – up to you!).

Budgeting Spreadsheet - Monthly Expenses

Cash Flow Budget

After you enter your bills and totals, you will see the Monthly Expenses total update to reflect all of the totals listed in the Monthly Due column. That’s the beauty of excel since this formula does all the work for you :) This gives you an accurate picture of how much you are paying each month so it’s really important to list every single expense you can think of during this process.

The Net Difference column right beside will show you what the difference is between what you are making (Total Monthly Income) versus what you are spending (Monthly Expenses). If you are negative, it’s time to look at the expenses and see what can be cut. There is no easy way to say that. Something has to get cut now in order to live within your means. You can find ways to earn additional income but I would work with what you have now and figure out how to spend less.

Zero Budget

OK, now going back to my initial statement about your Monthly Income and the two line items. When we were trying to figure out if we could be a one income family many years ago, I would use this same spreadsheet so we had a good picture of what we were spending. I would then delete one of the monthly income entries so we could see how things looked with just ONE income.

Our goal was to have me stay home at the time and we needed to make it work. I then started to rework the spreadsheet with a different viewpoint and deleted “my” Monthly Income line item. I needed to see if one income could cover all of our expenses. Since we were paying off our debt at the time, I also wanted to ensure we had money “left over” so that we could apply additional payments to our debt payoff goal.

Mint.com Free Money Management Site

Cash Budget Example

Perhaps you want to make a copy of the tab in the spreadsheet to do this for your own circumstances so you aren’t making edits to your actual budget. But maybe not? If you can cut cable when you are a one income family then what’s stopping you from cutting cable today? The same goes for lowering your Christmas budget, finding a new cell phone provider or reducing your grocery bill? They all add up! Do those things BEFORE you make the official change to live on one income and you will have that much more saved. I sure wish we would have done that!

I will never send spam or give away your email address. Promise!

I hope you find this spreadsheet as useful as we have in managing our finances. Whatever your financial goals are this year, and beyond, it is smart to have it written down and plan for the future. I plan to add more resources like this to the lineup of what we share here. My goal is to provide tools and information to help you live a lifestyle of saving!

I should add the disclaimer that I am NOT a financial planner and don’t play on one the internet either. However, we HAVE paid off a LOT of debt (nearly $200k when we were in the thick of debt payoff mode) and have paid cash for a few cars. All of that to say that even though I’m not a professional, I know how to manage our family finances well enough to get something positive done and YOU CAN TOO! :)

More Articles on How to Budget

52 Week Money Challenge Excel Template

Envelope Method of Budgeting: The Cash Envelope System Explained

Disclosure: This post contains a link to an affiliate and support this site. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.

Free budget spreadsheet to help keep your finances on track! Download this customizable budget template to your computer, edit and modify for your personal budget. via @AndreaDeckard

{ 0 Comments }

DIY Scrunchies

by Andrea Deckard

This tutorial will walk you through how to make a scrunchie with a needle and thread!

If you’re like me, you don’t have a sewing machine. To be brutally honest: I did very bad in my high school Home-Ec class. I vaguely remember the arm of a sweatshirt being misplaced to my lower side. It was bad.

I haven’t touched a sewing machine since. I’ve never had a reason to and still haven’t found one. I have purchased sew-on patches for our boys when they were younger to place over holes in jeans. If something needs mending, I pay a seamstress. But we rarely need things mending.

I do see the value in owning a needle and thread. Like for the little holes that our puppies made when they would suck on our down feather blanket. We had no idea that their suckling turned into biting at some point. The down feathers flying around our bedroom was evidence that some foul play had occurred.

Since scrunchies are making a comeback from my 90’s big “Lion King” curly hair days, I want to share this fun and easy DIY to make your own scrunchies at home. No sophisticated materials are needed for this except needle and thread.

DIY Scrunchies Supplies

  • 1/4” yard, Knit Fabric
  • 1/4” Elastic
  • Sewing Pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional)

How to Make Scrunchies

  1. Measure and cut a 4” x 22” piece of fabric.
  2. Fold your fabric strip in half lengthwise with the print sides facing each other.
  3. Pin your fabric together if need be.
  4. Sew along the raw edge length, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.
  5. Turn the tube inside out using your fingers.
  6. Measure and cut a 8” piece of elastic, attach a Bobby pin at one end and slide through the tube holding the opposite end of elastic so it doesn’t slide through.
  7. Pin and see the two ends of elastic together.
  8. Fold one end of your fabric inside the tube about 1/2” and tuck the unfolded end inside the tucked end.
  9. Pin if need be, hand stitch or use a sewing machine to close the ends together.

Honestly, if you wanted to get rid of the needle and thread entirely you could probably use sewing tape (like this). Let me know if you do use the sewing tape and how well it holds up in daily use in your hair!

Also, if you have a hard time finding elastic in your store or online, I think really thin hair ties like these (or ones you find at Dollar Tree), would work as well. I saw someone mention trying that on a face mask, and it is the same idea.

Print

How to Make Scrunchies

  • Author: Andrea Deckard

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/4” yard, Knit Fabric
  • 1/4Elastic
  • Sewing Pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional)

Instructions

  1. Measure and cut a 4” x 22” piece of fabric.
  2. Fold your fabric strip in half lengthwise with the print sides facing each other.
  3. Pin your fabric together if need be.
  4. Sew along the raw edge length, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.
  5. Turn the tube inside out using your fingers.
  6. Measure and cut a 8” piece of elastic, attach a Bobby pin at one end and slide through the tube holding the opposite end of elastic so it doesn’t slide through.
  7. Pin and see the two ends of elastic together.
  8. Fold one end of your fabric inside the tube about 1/2” and tuck the unfolded end inside the tucked end.
  9. Pin if need be, hand stitch or use a sewing machine to close the ends together.

Notes

Try sewing tape (like this) if you want to ditch the needle and thread entirely. You could also use hair ties like these (or ones you find at Dollar Tree) if you can't find elastic.

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us — we can't wait to see what you've made!

Disclosure: This post contains a link to an affiliate and support this site. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.

This DIY shows you how to make scrunchies with a few basic supplies. Instructions include ways to make them with a sewing machine and without a needle and thread. via @AndreaDeckard

{ 0 Comments }

Eating Real Food on a Food Stamp or SNAP Budget

by Andrea Deckard

Learn how to make your SNAP/food stamps last all month with these tips. Eat good food with easy recipes and stretch your benefits to last longer.

Eating healthy certainly isn’t cheap, especially if you have several mouths to feed. If you happen to be on the Food Stamp or SNAP budget, which averages out to a little over $4 a person, per family for each day, buying healthier meal options becomes even trickier. Let’s talk about how to make food stamps last all month and eating healthy on a SNAP budget.

You, like so many other Americans, may feel the only way to stretch that money is by turning to processed foods and other cheaper options. But it’s a sacrifice that you don’t have to make. Your meal planning and trips to the store may just need to be looked at a little differently.

Thankfully, there are still several ways in which your family can be eating healthy food on a food stamp/snap budget. Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind.

Plan Out Meals Before Heading to the Grocery Store

Our first bit of advice is that you need to have a game plan before ever stepping foot in the grocery store. Never shop with the mistaken mindset of picking out things that look good at the time. Carefully plan out all your meals to help you save money.

You may be thinking that this may be easier said than done? If you are needing more direction with this, check out some of my posts on Meal Planning here:

Build your Pantry

One of the best ways to get started towards having more healthier options is by building your food pantry. This includes purchasing proteins and other meal fillers, such as bagged beans, lentils, brown rice, and canned vegetables.

You may also want to consider buying these types of items in bulk, that way you can use them multiple times and stretch them out over several meals. It might cost you a little more upfront, but you’ll save more by shopping this way. Buying in bulk is one of the best ways of shopping cost-effectively. Check out my Pantry Staples Recipes too to use up some of those items you are buying in bulk.

While fresh produce may be your preferred way of eating your vegetables, you never have to worry about canned vegetables that you use as a base in your meals from ever going bad.

Build Meals from the Basics

We’ve already brushed on this a bit already, but building meals with the ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator can save you a bunch of money. Take the bagged beans for instance. You can prepare and serve them in a burrito for dinner and then use them in a soup for lunch the next day.

Try not to look at ingredients as only being used in one meal possibility, but using them alongside several other ingredients for an entirely different meal. This also helps cut down on waste as well. We have tons of frugal Recipes as well.

Compare Unit Prices

Another helpful tool is to learn how to compare unit prices between shelf tags. Most stores make this very easy for you to do, and already have the unit pricing broken up for you. This way you can pick out products that you can save more on, which are just as comparable to similar items.

Find Great Deals on Meat and Freeze It

Whenever you see an awesome deal on meat, don’t hesitate to stock up on good deals instead of buying it at full retail. Break it down into smaller meal portions and then put them in the freezer until you need them.

We bought a used freezer for out freezer beef. If you have any extra money to grab one, this can really help you build a freezer stockpile as well.

Keep Stocked Up on Eggs

Eggs are another one of those proteins that are extremely affordable and can be used in so many different ways. They can be enjoyed for breakfast, in a snack, or served alongside a steak dinner. Consider keeping a healthy supply of them to add more options to your meals.

Be Willing to Substitute Ingredients

Sometimes healthier recipes call for expensive ingredients that are ridiculously out of your price range. Or maybe the store doesn’t have the ingredient that you’re looking for.

Instead of scraping that meal idea, choose to substitute and incorporate a similar ingredient that isn’t going to break the bank.

When a recipe is calling for almond butter (which can cost around $12 a jar), you may need to compromise a smidge by using cheaper nut spreads.

Shop During Season for Produce

The best time to shop for certain fruits and vegetables is when they are in season. Not only do they taste better but they are usually cheaper too. It may be in your best interest to stick with buying produce that is in the season to save yourself more money down the road.

Check out my What to Buy When series to know what’s in stock at different times of the year.

Shop Produce in Moderations

It only takes a couple of days before the produce in your refrigerator starts to turn. It may seem like every time you go to use that bag of lettuce or tomato, it’s already spent. Try purchasing your produce more in moderation instead of stocking up an entire week’s worth.

If you are able to stop in at the grocery store two or three times a week for your product, it’s worth it. For some families, this tip may not work, but for others, it can cut down on waste.

Consider Buying Canned or Frozen Fruits or Vegetables

Most shoppers enjoy buying their fruits and vegetables in the produce department where it’s fresh. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t continue to enjoy your produce this way, but think about stocking up more on canned and frozen fruits and vegetables. This way you are still getting the same amount of nutrients and you don’t have to worry about your greens from rotting.

Learn How to Make Food Stamps Last All Month

Would you believe that it’s possible to eat not only healthy but for as little as $4 a day, per person in your household? You don’t have to compromise and resort to shopping for processed foods to stretch your money.

What challenges or successes have you discovered while eating healthy food on a food stamp/snap budget? Do you have any other useful information that would be helpful for other families that are on the food stamp/snap budget?

Learn how to make your SNAP/food stamps last all month with these tips. Eat good food with easy recipes and stretch your benefits to last longer.  via @AndreaDeckard

{ 8 Comments }

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Stick Craft

by Andrea Deckard

Easy Mickey Mouse craft for kids using popsicle sticks as one of the main supplies.

Want a fun craft for the little disney lovers in your family? Look no further! This inexpensive craft is kid-friendly and will make them super excited to have a little piece of Mickey Mouse at home with them!

You can get all of the supplies at your local Dollar Tree. You will have plenty leftover to make several of our other kid-friendly crafts as well so be sure to take a peek!

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Craft Supplies

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Yellow Buttons
  • Black Felt
  • Black and Red Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Painters Tape
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper/Scrap Paper

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Craft Directions

  1. Lay down a piece of old newspaper before you get started.
  2. Cut a craft stick into three pieces carefully with scissors.
  3. Placed two of the pieces horizontally about an inch or two apart and glue three jumbo craft sticks vertically onto the smaller pieces.
  4. Place a piece of painters tape across the middle, press the edges, and use your foam paint brush to paint one side red and let dry.
  5. Remove your tape and place another piece over the red paint right at the edge.
  6. Now paint the top portion black and let dry.
  7. Cut out two 1 1/2-2″ circles from your black felt and glue to the back top of the black side of your craft sticks.
  8. Then glue two yellow buttons where the red and black paint meet.

Stay tuned as we have a few more Disney crafts that you may want to try as well!

More Easy Craft Ideas for Kids to Make at Home

Easy Playdough Recipe

Cloud Dough

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

 

Find MORE Easy Crafts HERE

Print

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Stick Craft

Fun and easy Mickey Mouse Popsicle Craft! Grab all the necessary supplies at your local Dollar Tree and save!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Yellow Buttons
  • Black Felt
  • Black and Red Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Painters Tape
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper/Scrap Paper

Instructions

  1. Lay down a piece of old newspaper before you get started.
  2. Cut a craft stick into three pieces carefully with scissors.
  3. Placed two of the pieces horizontally about an inch or two apart and glue three jumbo craft sticks vertically onto the smaller pieces.
  4. Place a piece of painters tape across the middle, press the edges, and use your foam paint brush to paint one side red and let dry.
  5. Remove your tape and place another piece over the red paint right at the edge.
  6. Now paint the top portion black and let dry.
  7. Cut out two 1 1/2-2″ circles from your black felt and glue to the back top of the black side of your craft sticks.
  8. Then glue two yellow buttons where the red and black paint meet.

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us — we can't wait to see what you've made!

Easy Mickey Mouse craft for kids using popsicle sticks as one of the main supplies. via @AndreaDeckard

{ 0 Comments }

Moon Dough or Cloud Dough

by Andrea Deckard

Easy cloud dough recipe to make with the kids! You only need 2 ingredients and most are probably already sitting in your pantry right now! 

Moon dough or cloud dough? Or maybe it’s moon sand? What do and your kids call this recipe? I’ve heard it called both and I suppose it doesn’t really matter.

Whatever you call this cloud dough (or is it moon dough – ha), it is super easy to make with the kids and will provide hours of enjoyment! I bet you have all of the ingredients right now to make it too. It really only takes 2 ingredients, but there is an optional ingredient if you want the dough to have a fragrance.

Cloud Dough Ingredients

  • 4 cups, White Flour
  • ½ cup, Baby Oil
  • 5-7 drops, Therapeutic Grade Eucalyptus Essential Oils (optional)
    We used Eucalyptus Essential Oil but have also done Orange.
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Green and Orange Food Coloring (optional)

How do you make Moon Dough?

  1. In your mixing bowl add the 4 cups of flour and ½ cup of baby oil. Mix well.
  2. Add 3-4 drops of each the green and orange food coloring. Knead the dough so the color disperses.
  3. Take the mixture into your hands and knead it. The heat from your hands will help form and soften it into shape.
  4. To use your moon dough, just form the dough in your hand or molds to make a variety of shapes. If the dough is still too crumbly, add a few drops of baby oil at a time until it is the consistency you wish.
  5. Store your moon dough in an air tight container when not in use and it should stay fresh for weeks. Should it loose its consistency, just add a few more drops of baby oil and mix until softened again.

More Easy Craft Ideas for Kids to Make at Home

Easy Playdough Recipe

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Stick Craft

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

Print

Moon Dough or Cloud Dough

Easy recipe to make homemade cloud dough. Your kids will love this!

  • Author: Andrea Deckard

Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 cups, White Flour
  • ½ cup, Baby Oil
  • 5-7 drops, Therapeutic Grade Eucalyptus Essential Oils (optional)
    We used Eucalyptus Essential Oil but have also done Orange.
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Green and Orange Food Coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. In your mixing bowl add the 4 cups of flour and ½ cup of baby oil. Mix well.
  2. Add 3-4 drops of each the green and orange food coloring. Knead the dough so the color disperses.
  3. Take the mixture into your hands and knead it. The heat from your hands will help form and soften it into shape.
  4. To use your moon dough, just form the dough in your hand or molds to make a variety of shapes. If the dough is still too crumbly, add a few drops of baby oil at a time until it is the consistency you wish.
  5. Store your moon dough in an air tight container when not in use and it should stay fresh for weeks. Should it loose its consistency, just add a few more drops of baby oil and mix until softened again.

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us — we can't wait to see what you've made!

Easy cloud dough recipe to make with the kids! You only need 2 ingredients and most are probably already sitting in your pantry right now!  via @AndreaDeckard

{ 0 Comments }

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

by Andrea Deckard

This DIY sidewalk chalk paint only takes 3 ingredients and can be made in less than 5 minutes! 

With so many people at home now, there are tons of fun pictures being shared of the sidewalk drawings they are passing on daily walks. With the current state of affairs, it’s been a refreshing look at people enjoying themselves with a simple and easy DIY. Not to mention all the creative things they are making!

This sidewalk chalk recipe is intended to be a liquid sidewalk chalk like a paint. We have found it best to mix up and put into a squirt bottle like you see in the picture above. You could even use an empty ketchup or mustard bottle if you want to.

If you can’t get to the store, or maybe your stores are sold out like so many are reporting, this is an easy DIY for you and the kids to make together. It really only takes 5 minutes and I’m sure you have all the ingredients you will need to make it already in your pantry!

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint Ingredients

  • Baking Soda
  • Corn Starch
  • Liquid Food Coloring
  • Water

You will also need measuring cups to measure the ingredients as well as some clear plastic bottles (similar to these clear plastic bottles).

How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

  1. Mix together even parts of baking powder and baking soda (I did 3/4 Cup of each).
  2. Add 1-2 drop of food coloring to each bottle.
  3. Fill your bottles 1/3 way with water and shake.
  4. Fill the bottles 2/3 way with your baking soda and corn starch mixture and shake.

Sidewalk Drawing

Use your squirt bottles to draw pictures on your sidewalk or driveway. When finished, use your hose to wash it right off!

More Easy Craft Ideas for Kids to Make at Home

Easy Playdough Recipe

Cloud Dough

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Stick Craft

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

 

Find MORE Easy Crafts HERE

Print

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

This sidewalk chalk recipe is intended to be a liquid sidewalk chalk, with a paint consistency. We have found it best to mix up and put into a squirt bottle.

  • Author: Andrea Deckard

Ingredients

  • Baking Soda
  • Corn Starch
  • Liquid Food Coloring
  • Water

You will also need measuring cups to measure the ingredients as well as some clear plastic bottles (similar to these clear plastic bottles).

Instructions

  1. Mix together even parts of baking powder and baking soda (I did 3/4 Cup of each).
  2. Add 1-2 drop of food coloring to each bottle.
  3. Fill your bottles 1/3 way with water and shake.
  4. Fill the bottles 2/3 way with your baking soda and corn starch mixture and shake.

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us — we can't wait to see what you've made!

Disclosure: This post contains a link to an affiliate and support this site. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.

Make lots of sidewalk art with this sidewalk chalk paint recipe! It's cheap to make with items you have in the pantry. Fun activity to make with the kids today! via @AndreaDeckard

{ 4 Comments }