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Easter Extravaganza Project: Easter Egg Painting Chicks

Written by Mike Tamplin Mar 10, 2013


Easter is fast approaching, which means it’ll be Spring time before we know it. When I was in grade school I always looked forward to this time of year… the budding tulips, the chocolate bunnies, the Spring Break vacations. But my favorite activity, by far, was decorating Easter eggs. There is something fun about coloring an item that is meant to be eaten. (That could explain why I took up decorating cookies.)

So, when I was invited to participate in the Easter Extravaganza Project organized by awesomely talented Haniela, Easter egg decorating was the first thing that came to mind.

I had this concept idea the Easter Bunny may have done the hiding of the eggs, but it was his crew of Easter chicks that did the decorating. I just needed to convey that idea in cookie form. I started with making the chicks.

How to Make Easter Egg Painting Chick Cookies

The chick cookies were made from an upside-down skull cutter and the base of a trophy cutter. (These cutters were from this Betty Crocker set.)

easter chick cookie cutters

With a food-coloring marker, I marked out the head and body shape using the edge of the cookie as a guide. I made tapered points in the middle to define a neck.(I would normally use a yellow marker for these chicks, but for this example I went with purple to better show up in the photos.)

easter chick cookies step 1

Next, using a #2 tip, I covered over the marker line with yellow piping royal icing then flooded the middle with yellow flood icing. I let this dry overnight.

easter chick cookie step2

The next day, I added the body details. For the eyes, I used black piping icing to make a sideways “B” shape. The eye shape can be totally up to you, but I was going for a simple and easy design I could consistently repeat.

I also added wings on the body and feathery hair on top of the head by first outlining the shape with yellow piping icing and then flooding the insides.

easter chick cookie step 3

After the black icing dries (about 20 minutes), flood the middle with white flood icing and immediately add a black sugar pearl. I used tweezers (that I reserve only for food use) to help me place the pearl in the middle. If you don’t have black sugar pearls on hand, you can just pipe a dot with black icing.

With orange piping icing, pipe the feet on the chick. Also, pipe a small circle where the mouth should be, then flood the middle with orange flood icing. This will be the bottom area of the beak. After the bottom beak sets (about half an hour), pipe the top of the beak and flood the middle. I went for a sideways crescent moon for the top beak shape.

easter chick cookie step 3

After everything dries, your Easter chick is basically finished. If you want, you could totally stop right here and call it done. I, however, took it a few steps further and I put these Easter chicks to work.

easter chick 3D cookie group

I made them stand upright by attaching cookie bases to their feet with royal icing. Also, I added nifty tools like remote-control joysticks and paint cans gripped between their wings.

3D Easter cookies chick painters

My idea for this project was to use cookies in a way to display actual Easter eggs that kids (and adults) decorate, and then create a fun, playful scene around them. What’s more fun than an Easter chick controlling painting robots. Totally fun, right? I know!

easter egg cookie stand

To display the eggs upright, I made cookie stands using round and scalloped cookie cutters. I cut out two scalloped cookies; the smaller of the two cookies has a hole in the middle cut out by the round cutter. I piped and flooded the tops with green royal icing. After the cookie tops dried completely, they were “glued” together with a little more green royal icing. An egg easily sits upright and stable on the middle hole.

3D Easter egg robot machine cookies

To complete the scene, I added painting robot machine cookies designed from a few of my brainstorming sketches. (If you follow me on Instagram, I usually share sketches I doodle up in my free time, which more than likely turn into cookies later on.) It was fun playing with all the cookie pieces in different arrangements. But my favorite is the assembly line formation like in the picture above.

Now, enough about me and my chicks. It’s time to check out all the other incredible collaboration efforts in this Easter Extravaganza Project! There’s everything from cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, crafts, and more! It was such an honor to be invited to be a part of this creative group. Please take a moment to check out all the other fun Easter projects below:


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58 replies on “Easter Extravaganza Project: Easter Egg Painting Chicks

  1. I’m sorry, but what you do is incredible. I NEVER would have thought of something like this! Your talent is beyond anything that’s out there. And this is why you are genius. I’ll stop gushing now. :)

    1. Aww, thanks so much, Melissa! You stop gushing and I’ll stop blushing. :-P

  2. Oh my gosh – this is seriously amazing! What an incredible creative talent you have! I’ve always wished that I knew how to properly decorate cookies and cakes. I’d love to have you link up to my Easter edition of Family Fun Friday! http://www.momsandmunchkins.ca/2013/03/21/family-fun-easter/

    1. Thanks, Cheryl! I linked this post. Thanks for hosting!

  3. You’re amazing! What talent and vision. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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