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Metallic Polka-Dotted Eggs

Introduction

This dramatic scene sets a new silver standard for Easter. There are whimsically polka-dotted and beribboned silver blown-out eggs, filigreed sterling silver "baskets," and, of course, dapper chocolate bunnies -- here, white chocolate, tied with ribbons to match the dots. 

These eggs are decorated using dye, spray paint, and a few snips of ribbon. They're tucked into a bed of silver-plated tinsel, called lametta, more commonly seen at Christmastime. We mixed in a few solid-silver-painted eggs to break up the dots.

 

Materials

  • Raw eggs
  • Utility knife, available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • Paper clip
  • Rubber ear syringe, available at drugstores, or egg blower, available at craft-supply stores
  • Egg dye or food coloring
  • Adhesive vinyl (No. 3135598), from misterart.com
  • Metallic spray paint (No. 6981120), by Krylon, from misterart.com
  • 4 millimeter silk ribbon in various colors (No. 30622419), by YLI, from createforless.com
  • Similar ribbon rosettes (No. 20453), from mjrim.com
  • Different-size hole punches, available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • All-purpose glue, available from Martha Stewart Crafts

Steps

  1. Step 1

    First, blow out and dye eggs in a variety of colors. The color of the dye will be the color of the polka dots. You'll also need adhesive vinyl letters, silver spray paint, and ribbon rosettes, which can be found at specialty trimmings stores. 

  2. Step 2

    Using different-size hole punches, make dots from adhesive vinyl letters. After the eggs have dried, adhere dots in an evenly spaced pattern over eggshells.

  3. Step 3

    With eggs still on drying board, spray with silver paint. Let dry 15 to 20 minutes, and then flip the eggs over to spray the other sides. Let dry again. Peel off the dots.

  4. Step 4

    Using all-purpose glue, attach 1/8-inch silk ribbon around eggs, and adorn with ribbon rosettes.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

Reviews (36)

  • lilyevans0 1 Apr, 2011

    These would be cute at an easter or spring time wedding with ribbons around them as a cute wedding favors!

  • BittersweetHousedotcom 24 Mar, 2011

    To make the lovely large white chocolate Easter bunny, just order the plastic chocolate mold from www.bittersweethouse.com. Here is the link to the molds:

    http://www.bittersweethouse.com/plasticeastermolds

  • VTchocolatelover 4 Apr, 2009

    Try putting the dye and the egg in a ziplock baggie. Press out the unwanted air. Let it set until the color you want.

  • Rooks 1 Apr, 2009

    I took the blown out eggs and filled them with water so the would stay down in the bottom of the jar and not float to the top...

  • Hattieann 31 Mar, 2009

    I cannot find out how to dye blown out eggs.HELP

  • jlart10295 30 Mar, 2009

    PLEASE someone tell me how to dye blown-out eggs! They always float.
    If I dye the eggs before blowing, it ruins the color. HELP!
    and thanks,
    Trublue1435

  • DotK 30 Mar, 2009

    I just found some darling paper punches at Michael's for $1 each. I got the frog, heart and kitty. They also had a bird, butterfly and a couple of others. They are very tiny punches so would work well for this. You could punch the frogs out of any color adhesive letters and dye the egg green before spraying silver...little green frogs all over it!

  • DotK 30 Mar, 2009

    I just found some darling paper punches at Michael's for $1 each. I got the frog, heart and kitty. They also had a bird, butterfly and a couple of others. They are very tiny punches so would work well for this. You could punch the frogs out of any color adhesive letters and dye the egg green before spraying silver...little green frogs all over it!

  • confettiguru 21 Mar, 2008

    You can also find the dots at
    www.partyconfetti.com

  • confettiguru 21 Mar, 2008

    For the dots I used metallic round confetti. It works incredibly well with the metallic paint and looks like a faberge egg. When you attach the dots use tweezers, it gives you a lot more control. I found the round confetti as small as 1/8" and as big as 3/4" . I used the 1/8" and the 1/4"
    The best selection, most colors, is at www.chicoparty.com
    Good luck

  • betdavisis 21 Mar, 2008

    I made several of these when they were introduced in the Living Magazine two years ago. They are beautiful. I used them as a centerpiece on my table and everyone raved! They do require time and patience. My greatest problem was with the dots...a paper punch did not work so I scoured the town for circular stickers in varying sizes. They worked but some did not stick well. I cannot believe that anyone would find these eggs anything but beautiful!

  • Mari-Ella 20 Mar, 2008

    Oh, found it - I should have read back in the comments -

  • Mari-Ella 20 Mar, 2008

    where did you find it? I can't!!!

  • WVJane 20 Mar, 2008

    Where did you find it? I can't.

  • barbscooter 20 Mar, 2008

    Ooops, found it!!

  • barbscooter 20 Mar, 2008

    Ooops, found it!!

  • barbscooter 20 Mar, 2008

    Hi, I also can't find the instructions for the metallic eggs! I scrolled down, but there is nothing there that fits the description.
    I also live in Australia, central west of NSW in a little town called Cowra. I never miss a Martha show, I always make sure I am there in front of the tele at 4pm. I love it and am in awe of everything she does! I love her!!!

  • Doyle5 20 Mar, 2008

    Hi, I live in Sydney, Australia. I would like you to know just how much you make my day, every day when I turn on this computer and there are so many interesting things to do. Thank you so much! Norma

  • evmcelroy 20 Mar, 2008

    Actually, all of the instructions are there at the link. You just have to scroll down the page. The silver metallic ones are at the very end.

  • whitneysimmons 20 Mar, 2008

    actually the directions for these specific eggs are not found in the link "blown-out eggs." has anyone found the instructions to make these eggs specifically?

  • djones 20 Mar, 2008

    I'm goiing to try these, but instead of a [filtered word] punch and adhesive alphabet, I'm going to try using a package of adhesive dots. The dots are about the size of a penny, are sold at office supply stores, people use them for pricing items at yard sales... You get a lot in a package. We may try making some non-mettalic, vibrant polka dot eggs too, for my tween daughter.

  • Learner10 20 Mar, 2008

    Thank you to "Momdig" regarding copying the photo to "Word" in order to enlarge it. That was a good idea, and it really works. Much appreciated.

  • Anna_Marie 20 Mar, 2008

    None of the comments have been deleted. They are all there on the "more comments" section, in the order they were sent in. The one you are referencing to just got "moved down the line" by new ones coming in. Relax! And have a Happy Easter!

  • hunterportia 20 Mar, 2008

    hey all, you can find the instuctions to these metallic eggs by clicking on the highlighted "blown-out eggs". it tells you how to decorate all of her eggs...

  • octlove09 20 Mar, 2008

    I think these are lovely and would really pop in the right setting. I would love to have the actual instructions. I would most likely add color coordinating solid eggs that match the dots to break-up the n n n n n n glitzinessn n n n n n , otherwise it might just border on n n n n n n gaudyn n n n n n

  • terryrittenhouse 20 Mar, 2008

    There was a comment here five minutes ago saying, "you have got to be kidding" and it disapeared. That is rather un American!

  • svarner 20 Mar, 2008

    I like this look for a formal room. I have liked a close up of the eggs. I had to find the instructions to see how they were done correctly. I don't think it is gaudy at all. It is kinda of like calling the Russian Czar's eggs gaudy!
    Keep it up "Living" I love it all!

  • momdig 20 Mar, 2008

    If you copy the photo to a Word document you can enlarge it enough to the see the details more clearly. Clearly, this isn't a project for the younger set but the eggs look beautiful the project looks like fun.

  • momdig 20 Mar, 2008

    If you copy the photo to a Word document you can enlarge it enough to the see the details more clearly. Clearly, this isn't a project for the younger set but the eggs look beautiful the project looks like fun.

  • debraydeborah 20 Mar, 2008

    It's you...these are great and in keeping with the color themes of metallic, esp silver highlighted and incorporated as accents everywhere

  • debraydeborah 20 Mar, 2008

    It's you...these are great and in keeping with the color themes of metallic, esp silver highlighted and incorporated as accents everywhere

  • zilla63 20 Mar, 2008

    is this gaudy or is it just me??? the basket is fine, but the eggs would be expensive to make, very fragile with them being blown eggs. on top of that just plain UGLY!!!!

  • zilla63 20 Mar, 2008

    is this gaudy or is it just me??? the basket is fine, but the eggs would be expensive to make, very fragile with them being blown eggs. on top of that just plain UGLY!!!!

  • zilla63 20 Mar, 2008

    is this gaudy or is it just me??? the basket is fine, but the eggs would be expensive to make, very fragile with them being blown eggs. on top of that just plain UGLY!!!!

  • KaeruShisho 20 Mar, 2008

    I would love to see close ups of the eggs. They sound lovely, but the detail is lost in the nicely composed, but small-scale picture.

  • vvad53vvSugar 20 Mar, 2008

    You've got to be kidding!