These abstract Easter eggs might look like pieces of art but they’re completely edible! This DIY food safe Easter egg paint is made with only 2 ingredients!
When I get it in my head I want to do something, I hardcore go ALL IN. This year I thought it would be neat to have Easter eggs that are actually edible. Because in the past my eggs have been way crafty using things like craft acrylic paints that are NOT food safe. Like my galaxy eggs I’ve done not once, but twice…
It’s kind of funny because I can write on a post over and over THESE ARE NOT EDIBLE . Heck, I even state over and over to use FAKE plastic eggs… And, yet, I get emails from people concerned about all of the little poisoned children on Easter. Seriously?
But this year I shouldn’t get any of those emails for an of my NEW Easter egg crafts. Because this year it’s all about food coloring. And alcohol… lots and lots of alcohol. Just kidding. It’s more like a few thimbles-full :)
And if you’re worried that while edible children should not eat eggs that have come in contact with hard liquor, I’d say don’t worry. The alcohol evaporates so quickly that it shouldn’t be a concern. Want to see how I made these gorgeously modern and fun, totally EDIBLE Easter eggs?
Supplies Needed for these DIY Abstract Easter Eggs
- Boiled Eggs (try our easy Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs!)
- Food Coloring (Assorted Colors / Neon Colors / Black)
- Vodka or Everclear
- Soft Bristled Paintbrushes
- Paint Palette Tray
- Wood Skewers
This DIY edible Easter egg paint is the same stuff professional bakers use to paint designs on cakes. Though it does contain alcohol, it is completely safe for children because the alcohol evaporates leaving behind only color.
For my eggs I purchased “the cheapest vodka” my local liquor store sold. Vodka has a 37-40% alcohol content (80 proof) and can be very inexpensive. It will dry more quickly than water but more slowly than a stronger proof alcohol. If you’d like for your edible paint to dry very quickly I’d recommend using everclear which comes in strengths from 60-90% alcohol (120-190 proof). The higher the proof the more alcohol and the more quickly the paint will dry. When purchasing everclear be sure to ask what proof you’re getting.
Making Food Safe Easter Egg Paint
To make your edible Easter egg paint pour a splash of vodka or everclear into the well of a paint palette. Drop 1-2 drops of food coloring into each well of alcohol and gently stir to incorporate. Generally for dark colors, like purple, you need only a single drop. Lighter colors, such as yellow or lime green will require 2 drops for good color.
*Note: the higher the proof of your alcohol the more quickly it will evaporate. This makes your eggs dry faster, which is convenient, but it also means that the paint you mix up in your palette will also evaporate quickly. After painting my eggs with vodka paint, I would have preferred to use a higher content of alcohol despite a bit of waste so I could work more quickly.
First a few tips:
Eggs typically roll which can make painting designs on them difficult. I like to purchase paint palettes in a multi-pack to save money, but having more than one comes in handy for crafts like this. You can also use egg cups or something similar to prevent the eggs from getting away from you (and possibly ruining your work in the process).
The design for these eggs has a lot of white space which makes the brush strokes and polka dots really pop and stand out well. Make sure your hands are clean each time before you touch an egg to prevent colorful fingerprints on your eggs.
Painting your Abstract Easter Eggs
With your eggs placed so that they will not roll, using a soft bristled brush paint strokes on each egg. Allow to completely dry.
Rotate your eggs several times over, adding a new stroke of paint randomly. Be sure to occasionally overlap colors. In these places they’ll blend to form new colors, so keep that in mind when overlaying. For example, red and blue create purple, but red and green create brown.
Again, allow the paint to dry completely before touching or continuing.
Gently dip the fatter end of a wood skewer, or similar tool, into paint made from a splash of alcohol and 2 drops of black food coloring (for very bold dots). I’d recommend not mixing up the black paint until ready to use so it doesn’t evaporate before you get to it.
Carefully apply the end onto the egg to make a black, circular dot. Apply several dots close together in randomly in the white space and over the colors, too. This takes sort of an artisic eye, just place your patches of dots where they look good.
Give the black dots plenty of time to dry. It’s super easy to accidentally transfer little gray dots onto other parts of your egg and they really ruin the pretty effect.
Once those dots are fully dry, turn the egg around and add more dots. Continue until you’re happy with the design.
That’s it! You’ve got a set of gorgeously modern Easter eggs that are still edible. How cool is that?