Food Coloring-Dyed Rice

Another kid-friendly project because it was only 10:30 and the girls were driving me bananas.  I needed to channel their energy into something - and get some decorating done for Liv's birthday party this Saturday.  Win win.

It involved rice grains, and I needed to vacuum anyway.  No love lost there.

I wanted to do some simple table decorations for Liv's birthday party.  Her theme has changed about six times over the months, but we're finally settled on Disney Princesses, of all kinds, as opposed to just Ariel - even though when we went to Party City, she chose Tangled napkins.  Whatever.  She picked and got out.  Check that off the list.  I'd fallen in love with idea of colored candy sprinkles in votives with a tea light.  But sprinkles, those suckers aren't cheap - especially when I'm too OCD about germs to want to re-use those sprinkles that have been in jars with candles and probably touched by people admiring my cute decorations.

So colored rice was my next big idea.  I figured if the project was a flop, we'll have some crap to glue to our Dollar Store construction paper on another day when nap time seems too far off to make it through another silly, tantrum/giggle fit.

Super easy, very little mess, even with letting Liv scoop her own rice into the baggies.

We used about 1/2 cup white rice, a little less than a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol (helps with the drying time of the dye) and 3-4 drops of food coloring per bag.  This will depend on the color that you're going for.

Put everything is a ziptop baggie, shake 'er up and spread out over a few layers of newspaper to dry.  I used the back of a spoon to spread the rice out a bit.  Wasn't really in the mood to scrub food coloring off my finger tips today.

They're not as vibrant and "delicious" looking as candy sprinkles, but for the money and the fun the kids had shaking baggies and watching the white rice turn colors, I'd say this was totally worth it!


Sara said...

Looks like fun!! I can't wait till Mackenzie gets older and we can do those sort of things!!

Katie Drane said...

I'm so glad that I'm following you! This is a great idea and I know my daughter is going to love it. Thanks so much for sharing:)


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