Galaxy Easter Egg Tutorial

March 26, 2015Allison Murray
Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world! All it takes is a little bit of paint. Easy enough for beginners!

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Sometimes things aren’t exactly as they appear. It always amazes me that when I am surprised by my reflection (like I  round the corner and you myself in a mirror at a distance) that I never recognize myself. Sometimes I will think things about this other girl and then realize that is the way I really look. Not the way I perceive myself in my mirrors at home. And that is just crazy to me. Sometimes the way I think I look is completely deluded from the reality staring back at me in my surprise reflection.

All of this reminded me of a really neat art exhibit I saw in Brownsville at the Museum of Fine Art called Celebrating Space. There was a video with Whoopi Goldberg narrating but I found myself completely and totally consumed by the fact that humans are 10 something-or-anothers of dark matter. What they hey? Seriously after that point I was trying to remember 10 what? and How could I not know this about myself, isn’t this kind of a big deal?

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Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

After the movie came to an end we were able to walk around the art exhibit and see photographs of space that looked like the most amazing art you have ever seen. So colorful and vibrant and brilliantly abstract. It was amazing stuff really. Since then I’ve been thinking a lot about space and when I saw a chick in some galaxy printed leggings at Target I decided I’m back into the whole thing that was so huge a few years ago. My first try I wasn’t sure about. I texted a pic to my sister to see if my egg actually looked, in fact, like a galaxy as hoped or just plain ol’ crap. When both she and her husband thought this one little egg was awesome and warranted several more, I had the greenlight of confidence to start pumping these babies out. And it just so happens that I am stupid in love with them!

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Want to paint up the most epic Easter craft ever? Let’s make some Galaxy Easter Eggs!

For this project you will need:

  • Plastic, dyeable Easter eggs – chalkboard or white + black acrylic paint (eggs are $2/dozen at Walmart)
  • Variety of colors acrylic paints
  • Sponge brushes
  • Stiff brush
  • Cup to thin out white paint with water

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

So the first thing I did was started to paint my white eggs black. This was taking FOREVER and then I remembered that right by these lovely white eggs at Walmart were chalkboard ones, too. And since those just so happened to already be black, I decided it was worth it to head into town and snag some of those.

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

You can do this either way but if you’re impatient, starting with the black eggs is the way to go. The one on the left is 2 coats of acrylic that took about 15 minutes of time to paint TWO! The other is the already black egg!

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

You’ll need to grab some craft acrylic paints in tones of blue and purple PLUS black, white and gold. The colors don’t have to be anything specific so just use what you have already accumulated in your stash!

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

To make things interesting and keep all of the eggs from being too similar, I painted galaxies on some that were straight up black from the packaging. On others I swirled colors to give it a different look.

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

To make the swirled background, take any paintbrush with moderately soft bristles and smooth on your blue tones haphazardly. While these colors are still wet, dip your brush into the black paint and swirl the colors around. Don’t brush too much or you’ll just mix the colors up and have an almost solid egg rather than the pretty cloudy look.

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Grab a cheapie sponge brush and start with your darkest color (mine is a teal that is difficult to see) and then daub your next darkest blue on top making sure you can still see sections of the darker, especially around the edges. Allow to dry.

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Onto your dry egg, daub purple and then pink on top of the existing blob of colors. Allow to dry again.

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Take a different sponge brush and just BARELY dip it in the black. Lightly touch to the surface of the egg  to add black speckles. This might be a good thing to practice before hitting up all of your hard work on the eggs.

Next lightly dip another sponge brush into the gold. Lightly daub the color on sporadically or wherever you see fit.

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Grab that white paint and put it into something small. I like these medicine measuring cups. Add a tiny amount of water to thin it out to the consistency similar to a milkshake that you can actually get through the straw.

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Grab that stiff bristled brush and hold in your hand with your thumb on the bristles like so…

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Let go of the bristles and the white paint with splatter. This is another technique that is good to practice and make sure you like the consistency of your paint as well as the distances required to make different patterns of speckles (think larger or smaller, further apart or densely speckled).

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Be sure to speckle some white paint stars onto the rest of the egg that doesn’t have the galaxy painted on.

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

It’s pretty awesome how totally random your galaxy eggs will turn out.

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

Don’t worry about making them uniform, just get after it and you’ll see how awesome the variety can be!

Make some galaxy Easter eggs that are out of this world!

It just so happened that I had the perfect basket and Easter grass to use for these guys! The pretty purple paper beneath my spaced out and totally awesome galaxy Easter eggs is perfectly fitting, don’t you think? Now excuse me while I go Google this dark matter in my bod business :)

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Comments (85)

  • Alexis @ Persia Lou

    March 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    These are so amazing! Love them! And – I think I remember reading that about the dark matter in our bodies once but had managed to forget it. Now I need to go ponder my existence for a while.

    1. Allison Murray

      March 27, 2015 at 9:03 AM

      Ha! Thanks so much Alexis :)

      1. Demeter

        April 9, 2015 at 12:08 PM

        i want to make galaxy easter eggs, but i have a questions about this… how i suppose to boil the eggs before or after the input of acrylics !??? help!?

        1. Allison Murray

          April 9, 2015 at 1:39 PM

          I don’t suggest real eggs, but if that is the route you choose to go you’ll boil them before.

        2. lodda

          April 17, 2015 at 3:02 PM

          Or you can put needle holes top and bottom and carefully blow out the contents. You wouldn’t boil in this case, obv.

  • Marni @ Haberdashery Fun

    March 29, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Saw these on craftgawker.. Very cool!

  • Ann Martin

    March 30, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Coolest egg tut I’ve ever seen!

  • Sasha

    March 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    I’m normally not big on Easter, but these are just too awesome! I think we’ll definitely be making some space eggs!

  • Kate

    March 31, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    This is so neat! I just bought two dozen of these eggs at walmart and haven’t figured out what I wanted to do with them yet .

  • Alice

    April 3, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Beautiful! I presume they can’t be eaten?

    To the best of my knowledge, while the Universe has a lot more dark matter than we do, it’s not a constituent of our bodies. It’s very spread out across space. It doesn’t condense into solid lumps – you can’t hold it. The reason for this is that anything solid has to cool down – and dark matter doesn’t interact with electromagnetic radiation (light, heat, X rays, all that stuff) so it *can’t* cool down!

    But there may be plenty about the place. I suppose we may have some in our bodies, though it won’t do anything. A bit like neutrinos. They are tiny particles that are coming off the Sun and stars all the time. Thousands of them go through our bodies all the time. But they don’t really interact with matter, so we don’t notice.

    If I’m wrong, someone please post the link! :D :D

    1. Allison Murray

      April 3, 2015 at 3:49 PM

      You are so smart! I love it! Though I didn’t understand half of it, it still makes me feel a bit better about this whole issue :) And if you paint real eggs there is no way they should be eaten! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and smartening up the joint a bit!

    2. jen

      April 4, 2015 at 5:32 PM

      Mostly right! Dark matter is likely clumpy, although it is not very dense and doesn’t collapse into dark matter “stars”. It interacts gravitationally, which is why it clumps up. It actually does interact with radiation, because gravity interacts with radiation (the basis of GR). Check put gravitation lensing…it’s really cool!!

      Dark matter is also thought to be cold. There are two separate theories of dark matter: hot and cold. However, this has less to do with temperature though and more to do with speed. Hot dark matter moves relativistically and cold dark matter moves slowly. We think our universe is composed of cold dark matter, and there is way way wayyyyyyyyyyy more dark matter than particles, regular matter and light. :)

    3. Micha

      April 5, 2015 at 4:41 AM

      These eggs do Look really Great!
      I wouldn’t use real eggs though – I don’t think acryllic paint increases your health. And when you Open them you always get some of the color on the (edible Part of the ) egg.
      Though I think Using hollow eggs would be a nice idea, then you Can put a String through and hang them Up as easter (or theme Party) deco.
      Happy Easter!

      1. Allison Murray

        April 5, 2015 at 8:57 AM

        Yes. I do not suggest real eggs and use plastic ones in the tutorial. There is more info about where to get the plastic eggs in the post. Thanks!

  • Alice

    April 3, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Bah . . . I meant “the Universe has a lot more dark matter than our type of matter”. What was I typing :)

  • Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade

    April 3, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    I love these so, SO much! Gorgeous!

  • Jaybird

    April 3, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Now the real hunt is to find the T.A.R.D.I.S. located somewhere in the design of the egg galaxy

  • Stretch

    April 4, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    This is awesome! I’m going to try it with glow in the dark paint.

  • Robin Lee Horne

    April 4, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Another good way to make the white speckles is with an old toothbrush. Spray closer for larger speckles, further away for the smaller ones.

  • Theresa

    April 4, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Just wanted to say those are nebulae not galaxies but still very pretty

    1. Diana

      April 6, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      I thought so too at first, but with the mention of dark matter in the article I realized she was likely inspired by pictures of galaxy clusters. The colors of the eggs would correspond to:

      – dark matter (blue)
      – hot X-ray emitting gas (purple)
      – galaxies in visible light (gold)
      – foreground stars in our own galaxy (white)

  • Moonshadow

    April 4, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    I wonder if you could get the same effect with a little less work using rice?
    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Dye-Easter-Eggs-With-Rice/

    1. Allison Murray

      April 7, 2015 at 12:09 AM

      Anything is possible! If you give it a go, let us know how it works? That rice dyeing looks like fun!

  • Shelley

    April 4, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    I could see this at a Star Wars Themed Party for young and old alike.

  • Betty

    April 4, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Wow, a friend shared this on Facebook, and I’m so glad to have checked out your tutorial! This is awesome!

  • Vicky B.

    April 4, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    These are so cool! I must try making them for next year :-D

  • sandyra

    April 4, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Sweetheart, your problem with mirrors is not unique.

    If I may get real airy fairy, psychic babbling off the cuff shit… I, too, have had a problem with looking in a mirror and realizing it’s not the person I expect to see. Call it a past lifetime glitch that we haven’t moved on from, okay? I believe I died in Auschwitz during WWII. I can’t ‘prove it’ but I’ve known it in my bones from the time I was 11. I found out decades later that my entire family (in Poland) had been killed off in Auschwitz and nobody ever mentioned it while I was growing up! Catholic Poles were exterminated at Auschwitz but we don’t really get much recognition about our relatives’ deaths.

    Anyway, maybe your aversion to mirrors has to do with a past life identity crisis? Just a thought…

  • Scott

    April 5, 2015 at 5:38 AM

    There are some interesting articles about dark matter and extinction events. Also some on how the interaction of dark matter on human cellular structure at a D.N.A. level can possibly be a cause of cancer.

    They think about 73%of the universe is made of Dark energy and 22% Dark matter. 5% of the universe is considered to be visible matter. Of that we can only account for about 1/2. Still leaving a massive 2.5% of the tiny tip of what we think we can see. Hmm….

    What is wrong with painted eggs? Hard boiled of course we painted them and hid them when i was young. We ate as well. Your eggs are quite beautiful, much better when done with real eggs of course though.

  • Melanie Weidner

    April 5, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    So fun! I’m in love with galaxies, nebulae, and the Universe too– had a blast making a “portrait” of the Large Magellenic Cloud a few years back. http://www.listenforjoy.com/1990/01/02/resilience-project/relationship-of-attraction/ Thanks for sharing your kindred celebration with these eggs! From Stardust we came, to Stardust we will return… Happy Easter.

  • Sheila Gage

    April 5, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    These are awesome! I did some last night and posted on IG. (@pointlesscafe) Someone asked me for a tutorial, which I totally suck at, so I googled and found you! I tagged you in my post and told them to check you out.

    Now I’m off to see what else is going on with your blog! COOL!

  • Brenda Perez

    April 5, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    These eggs are very creative! Thank you for posting this. I found the link on my Facebook feed :D

  • Laura {Babb Photo}

    April 5, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Space eggs are the best kind of egg.

  • Twila Gore Peck

    April 5, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Getting a lot of positive reaction to these eggs from my amateur astronomy FB community! You really did a beautiful job with them. Thanks for sharing!

    btw — I probably bought the last two pairs of those galaxy leggings from Target in southern California. I’ve had so many comments and queries when I wear them out and about, I could sell them out of my trunk for twice the price I paid! Or more!

  • Taiska

    April 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    does acrylic paint do something harmful to the egg??!

    1. Allison Murray

      April 6, 2015 at 7:52 AM

      Some say yes and some say no. Since the shell is porous and stuff can get through those pores to the egg I wouldn’t eat them. I really think it makes them no longer safely edible.

  • nosheen

    April 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    wow amazing the simple DIY egg decoration ideas is fantastic I love to do that

  • chris

    April 15, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Have you thought about selling these on etsy or something similar?

    1. Allison Murray

      April 15, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      I hadn’t but that could be a lot of fun for next Easter!

  • Linda

    April 22, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Wow, what a beautiful idea! I love these.
    Perfectly stellar. :)
    I had to say it!

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  • debra

    February 10, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    cool!

    1. Lucy

      February 22, 2017 at 11:04 PM

      You rock! I had to come back to your blog and read more carefully about the Easter galaxy egg magic. You’ve done it so so well. Thank you.

      1. Allison Murray

        February 23, 2017 at 8:18 AM

        Aw, thanks! Though I wasn’t sure about it way back when, but it has become one of of my favorite projects I’ve done of all time! :)

  • Sheila

    February 14, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    These are gorgeous and my son is OBSESSED with space. His middle name is even Orion. I would love to do these! I see you did these last year- did the color last?

    1. Allison Murray

      February 15, 2016 at 7:56 AM

      Yes! These are acrylic paint and I found them in a box in the garage a while unpacking 2 or 3 weeks ago and they look brand new :)

  • Kat F.

    February 21, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Totally rad! Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Dawn

    February 22, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Wonder why I can’t get any housework done…

    1. Kelley

      March 4, 2016 at 11:38 PM

      Art before dishes!

  • Molly

    February 22, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    These are so fantastic! My 10 year old loves anything space or Dr. Who and I think he’ll get a real treat out of making these this year. Thanks for sharing!

  • Staci Condry

    March 3, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    I am so going to try this with my 3 year old baby girl Mya

  • Liz Thomas

    March 5, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Thank you this is awesome. I must do some SOON.

  • Jocelyn P

    March 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    These look so awesome! I was thinking it would be a project with kids and still definitely think they’d love the process but perhaps NOT with my younger ones around lol. I have a 10 yr old boy and some of his friends who I KNOW would love to do these! Great job!

    1. Allison Murray

      March 6, 2016 at 12:36 PM

      I think that’s the perfect age for this project. Sounds awesome!

  • Kartoon

    March 7, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Ya’ll know the difference between a nebula and a galaxy, right?

    Beautiful nevertheless.
    But if you want to appeal to actual astronomers,
    it’s something to consider.

    1. Allison Murray

      March 8, 2016 at 10:39 AM

      Actually I do not. Perhaps a bit of research is in order. But thanks for the compliment :)

  • DeAnna

    March 13, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Hi there! I am wanting to use this as one of my “Five Favorite Easter Things” post on my blog. I was wondering if I could use the picture you have provided, I of course, will caption that it is your photo and I will link to your page. Thank you

    1. Allison Murray

      March 14, 2016 at 9:11 AM

      Absolutely. A single picture with link back to the original post is always appreciated. Have a good week!

  • Christine

    March 15, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Would the same process work on canvass too?

    1. Allison Murray

      March 16, 2016 at 11:36 AM

      Yes! It will work on anything from canvas to shoes to a wall :)

      1. SRT

        March 24, 2016 at 11:45 PM

        I did this with shoes & surprised my daughter when she returned from church camp. All her friends wanted a pair, too.
        Love the egg idea.

  • Sarah

    March 20, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Can you do this with real hard boiled eggs?

    1. Allison Murray

      March 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM

      To be honest I don’t think I would. I don’t think you could get the saturated colors that make the eggs really pop unless you used acrylic paint. While most is considered non-toxic some of that paint is going to leach into the egg and I would NEVER eat the paint so I wouldn’t eat anything painted with it! Sorry!

      1. Kristin Rickard

        March 26, 2016 at 7:32 PM

        You could blow out the egg (and scramble!), then wash. Presto – paintable egg that is more fragile than store bought, but glorious when finished!

        1. Allison Murray

          March 26, 2016 at 9:28 PM

          Absolutely! That’s a fab idea :)

  • Amber Z

    March 21, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Hello, are these eggs are safe to eat or is it just for decoration?

    1. Allison Murray

      March 21, 2016 at 10:01 AM

      I used fake plastic eggs so they are just for decoration. I wouldn’t recommend doing this with hard boiled eggs and eating them.

  • gayle

    March 22, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    You haves lovely site. I hope it is ok I share and let my friends see your site!
    gayle

  • sharon

    March 23, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    OMG totally gorgeous! They’re mesmerizing! I hope Walmart still carries those eggs because I totally want to do this! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

    1. Allison Murray

      March 24, 2016 at 8:24 AM

      They do! I bought some on Monday!

  • Bobbie

    March 25, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    That looks like so much fun to do with kids

  • Denise

    March 25, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    We just made some of these today! Turned out pretty cool! Im not sure how to post a pic to share though. Thanks for posting this!

    1. Allison Murray

      March 26, 2016 at 9:16 AM

      You can post it to our Facebook wall. It would be awesome to see your pic! –> https://www.facebook.com/DreamaLittleBiggerBlog

  • Silly Little Sheep

    March 26, 2016 at 2:02 AM

    These look wonderful. Galaxies are coming back into fashion :)

  • Marcia

    March 29, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    LOVE! These are gorgeous. Wish I had seen them sooner.
    Stopping by via Olga’s creative link.

  • bayda asbridge

    April 20, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Hi Allison, I’m new to egg painting. How do you prep your eggs? Do you boil them? Black eggs at Walmart! Ate they in the craft section? Tips please. Many thanks indeed for your help?

    1. Allison Murray

      April 21, 2016 at 8:37 AM

      Hello! During Easter you can purchase fake plastic eggs that look very much like boiled eggs. They sell them in white, which you would paint black, or some years they have them already painted black. Since it’s past the Easter season, I’d look for wood eggs at craft stores!

      1. Kelly

        April 14, 2017 at 10:59 PM

        Thanks so much for mentioning buying wood eggs at a craft store.
        I’m excited to try your technique.

        I have used real white eggs and removed the yolk and egg whites using a suction gizmo used for baby noses. I made several with paper maché

  • Cynthia Shelby

    February 20, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    I did the eggs last year based on your tutorial, but I thought I’d show you the slightly different spin I took on these this year:

    https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16682015_10212087671937691_8443399111184734975_n.jpg?oh=7d03b933a3b5530f7017421bb74c201f&oe=593D20FA

    (here’s hoping you can see the image, I’m hot sure if it’ll come through).

    Basically, my daughter’s in the “Astronauts” class this year. So I just put together a cute present for the teacher, it’s one of those little kiddie goodie buckets with styrofoam in it, and I used the black paint from the eggs to paint the styrofoam, then drizzled gold paint on the foam inside the bucket, then I used green pipecleaners to make “leafy stems” for the galazy eggs, and when I was done I had a bouquet of galaxy eggs in a cute painted bucket as a teacher easter gift!

    1. Allison Murray

      February 21, 2017 at 9:45 AM

      Looks great! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Amy

    February 20, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    These are amazing! I can’t wait to try them for Easter! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Gwen

    March 8, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    These are beautiful! Can’t wait to make them :) Thanks

  • Sarina Kinnunen

    March 28, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    These are adorable!! I love to paint.. thanks for sharing!

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