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Café-Au-Lait-Bowl Easter Eggs

To get the look of vintage café au lait bowls, set an egg back in its carton, spray-paint the top, and add matching dots. Reverse the design for others, dyeing them and dabbing on white; give plain eggs a few vivid dollops.

polka dot painted easter eggs in polka dot patterned bowls

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2019


  • Eggs

  • Powdered dye (Pictured: BestPysanky Traditional Powdered Dye, in Rosewood and Blue, $1.50,

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Acrylic spray paint (Pictured: Montana Gold Acrylic Professional Spray Paint, in Mt. Fuji, $7.75,

  • Craft paint (Pictured: Martha Stewart Family Friendly Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint, in Snowball, $9.50 for 8 oz., Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint, in Indigo, $2.50 for 2 oz., DecoArt Americana acrylic paint, in Cranberry Wine, $1.50 for 2 oz.,

  • Foam pouncer (Pictured: Martha Stewart Dauber Set, $9.50,


  1. Wipe room-temperature hard-cooked or blown-out white eggs with distilled white vinegar; dry thoroughly. Dye blue and pink following egg-dye manufacturer's instructions.

  2. For eggs with colored tops, place one egg at a time in their carton. Quickly use acrylic spray paint to paint top of egg from directly overhead.

  3. For polka-dotted eggs, dip a foam pouncer into a bit of white or blue craft paint (depending on color you've dyed egg). Press dabber evenly onto egg to create polka dots. Let dry completely. Continue around egg until you achieve desired look. (Vary paint color and size of pouncer as desired.)

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