How to Use RICE To Dye Easter Eggs (Super Fun and Easy!)
Here’s What You’ll Need To Dye Easter Eggs With Rice:
- rice – get a big box. You’re going to want to do a lot of different colors
- food coloring – I used gel. I haven’t tested it with liquid
- several paper lunch bags
- (a good *substitute for paper bags would be Gallon sized ziplock plastic baggies) – I think I’ll try that out on my next batch
- something to stir the rice with – I used a long plastic straw and rinsed it between colors
- boiled eggs
- *if you don’t have rice, you could probably get the same effect from dried beans
- Just because you’re working with kids and we all know how unpredictable that can be…a safe bet would be to double your bags for added strength. I only used 1 bag and it was fine, but better safe than sorry, right? After 1/2 dozen uses, you’ll want to switch out to a new bag. The seams start giving out in the bottom and some grains of rice sneak out.
- Pour about 1 cup of rice into the bottom of a paper bag
- *I actually think that it’s better if you don’t fold the bag over like I did. The egg needs to have room to bounce around in there so it can turn around and get coated. When the bag is folded over it limits the space inside the bag
- squeeze a liberal amount of food coloring onto the rice. I squeezed 4 to 5 drops of gel onto the rice
- use a straw or spoon to stir the color – coating the rice. It’s ok if it’s not evenly dispersed and the gel has a few clumpy patches. That actually makes for a better pattern
- place the egg onto the rice
- Do you see how the bag has some space between my hand and where the egg is probably sitting? You want some room for the egg to bounce around
- Put one hand under the bag, close the bag up and shake. Really go to town on it. The longer you shake the egg around the more color you’ll transfer onto the egg. You can control it. Shake less for a speckled egg, more for an all over color.
- Open the bag and see your creation!
- *THE HOW TO ON A MULTI-COLORED EGG is below…
- When you’re done, just throw the bags in the trash, or find a fun use for colorful rice
- As you can see, we’ve gotten a little carried away with egg decorating. The kids are having too much fun. I see some deviled eggs in our future.
*Note – if the rice stops transferring color onto the eggs, then the dye has dried or it’s being absorbed into the rice. This will happen after 1/2 dozen egg colorings or so. Just add fresh food coloring and stir into the rice. You’re good to go again
- The bottom row is red colored rice from the first egg to egg number 6 in the same bag – Going from left to right. The color get less vibrant each time, but it’s still pretty. I actually kind of like the less intense colored eggs
- I’ll share the how to on making the multi-colored egg
- I first made several bags all with one different color for each bag.
- I loved getting the speckled look from each color, but I thought it would be really fun if you could get a multi-colored egg, too
- So…I took an extra bag, and I poured a little bit of rice from each of the single colored rice bags into one. Does that make any sense at all? I hope so.
- I shook the egg around just like I did with the previous eggs
- You could mix and match colored rice all day long. I know my Ella Bella would love to pair purple with pink, and the boys might even do super hero colors together, like black and yellow. The possibilities are whatever you can imagine.
- For kicks and giggles….After some of our eggs sat in the fridge for a couple of days we rinsed them. The designs were fun that way, too
*One more note – Sorry, just trying to cover all of our bases, here. I did notice that after 1/2 dozen times, the seams in the bottom of the bag started to give out a little. A small amount of rice started sneaking out of the seams as we shook the bag. It’s a good idea to have extra bags, so when this happens you can just transfer your colorful rice into a new bag. Voila’ Another idea would be to use nice and strong zip tight plastic bags. Then, you could see the eggs being colored as you shake it around. That would add some extra fun to this idea. I’m totally doing that with the kids next time.
~Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do