This Year's Easiest Holiday Craft Hack: Dyeing Easter Eggs with Rice
Make these rice shaken Easter eggs with three materials you probably have lying around the house. We added food coloring to dry rice and dropped in an egg; the rice distributes the color around the egg and adds an interesting speckled pattern. Rice dyed eggs are one of our favorite easy kid's Easter projects—just have an adult help with adding the dye. Once you're done dyeing Easter eggs with rice, display the finished eggs as part of a creative spring centerpiece or use them as part of your morning Easter egg hunt.
How to Make Rice Dyed Easter Eggs
- Ceramic eggs or hard-boiled eggs
- Plastic cups
- Dry rice
- Food coloring
Follow these simple how-to instructions to color eggs with rice. You should be able to use this technique to decorate one dozen rice shake Easter eggs in under an hour.
Step 1: Dye rice
Coloring Easter eggs with rice begins with a plastic cup or bag. Fill them with plain, dry rice. We filled our cups about a third of the way to the top; for each color of egg, you'll need one cup of rice and one empty cup. When you have several cups of rice prepared, choose color pairings of food coloring ($3, Target) or natural dye for your eggs. We used these color pairings: purple and blue; red and yellow, green and yellow. Drop 10-15 drops of each color directly into the dry rice; place the empty cup over the cup with rice, openings together, and shake the rice until the color is evenly distributed. You can do this by simply holding the cups together, or you can secure the cups together with masking tape before shaking.
Step 2: Shake eggs
When the dye has been evenly distributed through the rice, pour all the rice into one of the cups and drop an egg in. Place the two cups together again and shake continuously until the egg is evenly covered in dye. Take the cups apart and carefully remove the egg; set out to dry. That's it—dyeing Easter eggs with rice is that easy! We used ceramic eggs ($9 for 12, Oriental Trading) for this project, but you can also use hard-boiled eggs. If you opt for hard-boiled eggs, shake very gently, and be sure to let the rice Easter eggs dry in the refrigerator to keep them edible.