RAINBOW BREAD - EDIBLE PAINT RECIPE (2024)

How much fun does “Art You Can Eat” sound? Your kids are going to be so excited to see what we’ve been up to this week with our newest edible paint recipe!

Regular readers will know that recently we’ve enjoyed experimenting with wax resist sugar paintingand created some beautiful paintings. My kids loved sneaking a quick lick of sugar off their fingers so much that I decided I needed to come up with a completely edible paint experience for them!

Hence this Edible Paint Recipe was born and this wonderfully colourful and totally edible and tasty Rainbow Bread was the result!

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Is This Edible Paint Recipe Healthy?

On a day to day basis I’m really careful about what my kids eat and a healthy balanced diet is extremely important to me. I do however have odd occasions when I let them indulge in unhealthy treats like candy and chocolate.

For me, occasionally letting my kids have foods like that helps them learn the importance of a healthy diet and how “unhealthy” things should be approached.

So I have to be honest and say that this Edible Paint Recipe isn’t a healthy food choice! It’s sugar based, has food colouring in it and we’ve used white bread…everything I steer away from on a daily basis!

However, it is seriously FUN, FUN, FUN and inspired so much creativity! So as an occasional treat and because of how much my kids got out of making and eating their Rainbow Bread designs I’m happy to let them enjoy the experience once in a while without guilt.

Check out Lego Pendulum Painting too! It’s a fantastic STEAM process art kids will LOVE!

If this isn’t for you and you’re looking for non-edible paint ideas check out our other favourite painting ideas here.If you love this idea and are looking for other ways to encourage creativity using food then check out our other creative food posts here.

Supplies To Make This Fun Edible Paint Recipe

How To Make This Edible Paint Recipe For Rainbow Bread

You’ll love how easy it is to make this edible paint recipe and how you can have a whole range of colours ready to go in a matter of minutes!

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The aim is to make the paint as thick and sugary as you can so it doesn’t make the bread all soggy. I can’t give you an exact measurement of sugar and water to use because it will depend on the size of your sugar crystals.

A good starting point is to put a tablespoon of granulated sugar, a squirt of food colouring and a tablespoon of hot water into a bowl and stir. (The hotter the water, the quicker the sugar will dissolve but please make sure there are no risks of scalds with your children.)

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The result should be a syrupy, colourful and sweet edible paint! If you find your sugar hasn’t completely dissolved you’ve probably reached the saturation point for the amount of water you have.

Simply add a few more drops of warm water, stir again and it should solve the problem. If your paint is too watery then add some more sugar until the water can’t dissolve any more.

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We made up a whole rainbow of colours with this edible paint recipe and the kids set to work decorating their slices of white bread. You can of course use wholemeal if you prefer but we just loved the way the colours looked against the white.

Once my children had finished painting their rainbow bread they wanted to eat it right away but you could always toast your rainbow bread too.

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This edible paint recipe doesn’t have to be limited to just rainbow bread. perhaps your kids would like to paint their cupcakes, cookies or pancakes too?

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Don’t the colours look fantastic? How much fun will your kids have with art they can eat?

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Let us know how you get on with your bread painting we love hearing from you.

You can print the bread painting instructions below

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Edible Paint Recipe - Rainbow Bread

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Prep Time10 minutes

Active Time30 minutes

Total Time40 minutes

Materials

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Gel Food Colouring
  • Plastic Bowls
  • Brushes
  • White Bread

Instructions

  1. The aim is to make the paint as thick and sugary as you can so it doesn’t make the bread too soggy. I can’t give you an exact measurement of sugar and water to use because it will depend on the size of your sugar crystals but a good starting point is to put a tablespoon ofgranulated sugar, a squirt offood colouringand a tablespoon of hot water into abowland stir. (The hotter the water, the quicker the sugar will dissolve but please make sure there are no risks of scalds with your children.)
  2. The result should be a syrupy, colourful and sweet edible paint! If you find yoursugarhasn’t completely dissolved you’ve probably reached the saturation point for the amount of water you have. Simply add a few more drops of warm water, stir again and it should solve the problem. If your paint is too watery then add some more sugar until the water can’t dissolve any more.
  3. Make as many colours as you like and paint your bread.
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FAQs

How to make edible paint for baking? ›

Directions
  1. Mix together sugar, corn starch and water in a saucepan.
  2. Heat mixture over medium heat while stirring with a whisk. As soon as it begins to thicken, remove from heat. ...
  3. Divide mixture equally between four bowls and add four drops of food coloring to each bowl.
  4. Store in an airtight container.

What kind of paint can you use on bread? ›

Use food coloring: I like to mix it with white food coloring and/or some flour so the colors really stand out. I use water to get a thick acrylic paint-like consistency so the paint isn't dripping all over the bread. 2. Use paint brushes that are very clean and are only used on food.

Can you paint on bread with food coloring? ›

Use a small paint brush and dip the brush into the food coloring. Then take a piece of bread and paint a face or picture of choice on it. Place the bread into a toaster and wait till the bread is lightly toasted.

What is the best natural edible paint for food? ›

Supplies for Homemade Gel Edible Paint:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch.
  • 2 cups water.
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors — definitely food coloring if it might end up in a tiny mouth.
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Is edible paint the same as food coloring? ›

Edible food colorings are safe to consume colors, majorly available in two variants - Poppy Paints and Edible Art Paints. Both can be used to add interesting colors to any food, even the savory ones. The poppy paints dry way faster, In like 30-60 seconds, compared to the edible art paints that can take upto 24 hours.

How do you add food coloring to bread? ›

Add several drops of food coloring (I'd start with 10 drops and keep adding as you go). Using gloves to prevent your hands from getting dyed, begin to knead the food coloring into the dough, adding more food coloring until it is fully incorporated. This takes some time; just be patient and it will come together!

Does food Colouring work on bread? ›

Use your bread as a canvas and paint any design you have in mind! Just dilute your gel food coloring with a little water or vodka, and paint onto your rice floured loaf. Touch-ups and finer details can be done post-bake.

Can you bake any acrylic paint? ›

Can you bake acrylic paint in the oven? You can bake fully dried acrylic paint in the oven safely. You will achieve so called Baked finish, which is the effect of baking acrylic paint at temperatures higher than 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

How do you make bread color paint? ›

To make the bread paint, mix 1 tablespoon of milk with 4 drops of the first food colouring colour you choose in a small container. Repeat for each of the other food colouring colours. 2. Dip your paint brush into the paint mixture(s) and create a masterpiece!

Can you mix food coloring and paint? ›

It took A LOT of food coloring to add just a little color but you can do it. I added a sealer after painting and that seemed to help lock the color in. You can use acrylic craft paints as long as your paint is water based. How much you need to add depends on how much of a color change you want to make.

How do you naturally color bread? ›

Fruits & Vegetables
  1. Red/Pink: Beets are a perfect choice for achieving pink to red hues. ...
  2. Green: Spinach, matcha, or spirulina can give your bread a lively green color. ...
  3. Purple: Purple sweet potatoes or blueberries can result in a lovely purple color.

How do you make textured paint with baking? ›

Add the 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup of paint in a small container, preferably with a lid. Using a spoon or craft stick, mix thoroughly until the baking soda dissolves and you have a thicker, fluffier, mousse-like texture. Apply right away for best results.

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