Easter Egg Painter Eggs (DIY)

By Brittni • Updated on 03/13/2024

Currently channeling my inner impressionist Easter egg painter with an Easter DIY that is easy as pie. Honestly, painting feels more fun right than dyeing eggs, so I whipped up these painterly Easter egg designs that look cute and effortless. You can make them as simple or as detailed as you want. All you need to do is pick up a paint brush.

painted easter eggs in pastel blue colors with paint brush and palette nearby

I started painting Easter eggs when I was a kid, when I couldn’t get the fine lines and details that I wanted with dye. And it’s just as quick and easy to do now as it was way back then.

Here’s how I make my ‘Easter egg painter eggs’ in just a few minutes…

Can you use acrylic paint on boiled eggs?

Before we get started, I did want to mention that if you plan to use hard boiled eggs for Easter egg decorating, I would recommend using food safe dye instead of acrylic paint. Although generally non-toxic, acrylic paint is not technically food safe. So if you plan to eat your hard boiled eggs after you decorate them, I would not recommend using acrylic paint.

What food safe alternative can I use for painting Easter eggs?

I would recommend creating your own edible paint, similar to what is used to decorate cakes and cookies. You can mix a little bit of vodka with gel food coloring to create an edible paint. Vodka is a better option than water in this case because it dries faster than water. And the vodka burns off as it dries.

Or as another option, use lemon extract mixed with gel food coloring for a similar look. The only downside here is you may get a slight citrus taste in your hard boiled eggs if there is a crack in the shell.

painting easter eggs with pastel blue acrylic paint in abstract designs

That said, if you planning to use blown eggs* or faux eggs, like wood or plastic eggs, acrylic paints are a great option.

*Blown eggs are eggs that have the inside of the egg (the egg white and the yolk) blown out through small holes made in the top and bottom of an egg. Leaving just the egg shell, which is called a blown egg.

Materials

  • wooden eggs or hard boiled eggs
  • acrylic craft paint
  • a paint palette
  • and a paint brush

How to Make Painterly Easter Eggs

1. Mix paints.

Choose a color scheme, pour out a small amount of each color, and mix paints to get the perfect colors (if you don’t want an ‘out of the tube’ color).

2. Begin painting.

Using a quick brushstroke, add short lines of paint (just like polka dots but in brushstroke form) over the entire egg, leaving space between the strokes to add more later.

3. Let the first layer of color dry.

Set aside while it dries and start another egg the same way.

4. Add additional layers of color.

Once the first round of paint is completely dry, add a second color of brushstrokes, wait for it to dry, and then add your third and final color.

Egg Painting Tip

Double the size of your brushstroke lines by painting two or three short strokes right next to each other, to make more of an abstract polka dot egg (like the eggs on the top left below).

pastel painted easter eggs in white egg cups with palette filled with blue paint nearby

painted easter eggs craft project with pastel blue abstract patterns

More Easter Egg DIYs to Try

 And last but not least… 18 clever and cool Easter egg ideas that are too good not to try. If you don’t find at least one Easter egg design on this list that you like, I’d be surprised.  

two painted easter eggs with abstract pastel blue patterns

Easter Egg Painter (DIY Egg Decorating Idea)

Brittni
Today, I'm channeling my inner impressionist Easter egg painter with an Easter DIY that is easy as pie. Painting is so much more fun than dyeing eggs, so I whipped up these painterly Easter egg designs that look cute and effortless.
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Equipment

  • paint palette or paper plate
  • paint brush

Ingredients
  

  • blown eggs or wooden eggs
  • acrylic craft paint

Instructions
 

  • Choose a color scheme, pour out a small amount of each color, and mix paints to get the perfect colors (if you don't want an 'out of the tube' color).
  • Using a quick brushstroke, add short lines of paint (just like polka dots but in brushstroke form) over the entire egg, leaving space between the strokes to add more later.
  • Set aside while it dries and start another egg the same way.
  • Once the first round of paint is completely dry, add a second color of brushstrokes, wait for it to dry, and then add your third and final color.
  • Double the size of your brushstroke lines by painting two or three short strokes right next to each other, to make more of an abstract polka dot egg (like the eggs on the top left below).
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Cute idea! Are these edible with the acrylic paint? I am thinking of doing a watercolor version…hmm??:)

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these are so pretty!!!!

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Thanks Alana.

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I love the pastel look, what a wonderful way to dress up an egg!

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Impressionist Easter eggs FTW http://t.co/fk65M5sePs via @papernstitch

@henryhappened

Cute and Easy DIY..

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janika R

Haha. Thanks Lindsay.

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Yep, I can’t go back to just dying easter eggs every again! Too cute!

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Lindsay Scheele

Haha Kelly! The Easter egg Queen does have a nice ring to it. 🙂

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I am dubbing you the Easter egg QUEEN! The Easter Bunny has some serious competition up in here.

Kelly @ Studio DIY

Thanks ladies. 🙂 Making me smile over here.

papernstitch

Love these!

Chelsea C.

I like the colour scheme you used…so light and friendly 🙂

Susann

These eggs look so cute. Great idea. I extremely like the brown one with the “dots”. Great colours

Änna

Thanks Mere. I got the egg cups at World Market.

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These are the cutest! I can imagine a cute leopard print version of these! Where did you get those perfect egg cups?

Mere // Not Merely Living

this is SO cute!

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