You know how you never want to be the first one to arrive at a party …
especially when you only know the hosts casually …
because it can only lead to awkward moments. Forced conversations. Repeated glances to the front door. Ears primed (and praying) for the sound of a knock. Or the doorbell …
I much prefer to be fashionably late.
And I was going to fall back on the fashionably late idea as the reason why my how to dye Easter eggs with rice craft idea has arrived just days before Easter. But truth be told, this Easter craft idea isn’t just fashionably late.
This Easter craft idea has arrived after all the guests are gone, and the kitchen is cleaned up, and the lights are out, and the hosts are tucked comfortable in bed. And yet, this Easter craft idea is at the front door. Ring ring ringing the bell. And bang bang banging on the door …
Hey, open up! I have some freshly colored Easter eggs for you. And I made them using rice and food coloring. And I need to show you how I did it!
Because when I saw this idea of dyeing eggs using rice and food coloring, I had to try it.
And I was so excited about how easy it was … and how amazing they turned out … I knew I had to share it with you all.
And the best part? There’s a pretty good chance you have all the “ingredients” needed in your pantry. And cupboard.
How To Dye Easter Eggs with Rice & Food Coloring
Long Grain Rice
Hard Boiled Eggs
*I used Duff gels, but any food coloring will work (affiliate link)
1. Measure 1/4 cup of rice and pour into Tupperware bowl.
2. Add 5-6 generous drops of food coloring to rice.
3. Put lid on and shake to mix thoroughly.
4. Add egg to bowl.
5. Cover and shake.
6. Remove egg and let dry.
7. Repeat with next egg.
That’s it! You’re done!
And while I may be more than just a little fashionably late to this year’s Easter craft party …
… I think I showed up with a pretty cool hostess gift!
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The color on these is absolutely gorgeous!! What a great idea!
1st – in my family we never got to die eggs until Saturday night before Easter – so this is perfect timing for those sorts of families. 2nd – I would have killed for this technique when I was a kid because the colors are so lovely and bright. My mom would never let me make dark colors.
3rd – this is awesome because no vinegar smell. Wish you had been my mom.
Love the intensity of the colors! My kiddos are all grown…so I might have to do this for me! 😉
I love the perceived texture and depth of color!
I wish I had known about this technique years ago. I’ve never colored eggs with my son because of the mess. This will be our first year and I am loving the simplicity! thank you for sharing it!!!
Hi, doesn’t the rice get stuck to the eggs?
Not too bad. And you can just brush it off before drying.
Do you use cooked, or uncooked rice?
Uncooked! Cooked rice would absorb the food coloring – and stick to the eggs!
Great idea! About how long does it take to dry?
I honestly don’t remember but it wasn’t too long. I think. If you’re concerned just make them a day before and that will give them an overnight to make sure they’re fully dry.
Does the dye come off on your fingers while you peel the eggs later? With the color in testy of this method, I’m thinking I may have colorful hands for days after Easter!
I don’t recall having colorful hands last Easter so, no, I don’t think so!!!! Especially not after you let them dry properly. But then again that was 365 days ago and my memory isn’t what it used to be! 🙂
How long does the rice/dye mixture stay wet for? Do you need to do the eggs quickly because it dries out? Or do you need to add dye frequently to keep it moist?
Hmmm … I only did a few eggs for this blog post/experiment. I’ll say that you should definitely do all the eggs at once once you start. It didn’t dry out right away but I would judge based on the color of each subsequent egg if you want to add more food dye to the mix. But it did stay wet.
Sandra | Sandramarias.com says
Thank you for sharing this idea! I loved it and actually made my own eggs using this method for this easter. I also featured the technique in my last blogpost – and of course I gave you credits 🙂
Happy Easter from Finland!
SHARRIE RAMEY says
I am really surprised I would never have thought of dying easter eggs with rice and food coloring. I love the colors they are so bright and so easy. I would not have thought. Thank you for sharing this technique with me.
Virginia Johnson says
Great idea! I haven’t messed dying eggs since I was born, will be 53 this Year! Going to give this technique a try. Thanks!
Do eggs need to be warm right after boiling or can the eggs be boiled the day before coloring?
Ok, was really excited to try this. I used the McCormick neon food dye. It is not coming off on my eggs at all. Is it the rice?? Do I need to add liquid?
It is better to color them immediatly when they are freshed boiled, the heat of them dries the color quickly. But my where not so prety like your 🙁
I used gel dye and the eggs are still sticky after 18 hours. I think liquid dye would have been better. Love the look though
Mel Hoffman says
Not sure if you will even see this, but it sounds like a super simple, GREAT idea! We’ve changed our tradition so that dying eggs together is part of our family’s Easter Sunday celebration. This year will be very different, of course, with only a wee handful of people, but no virus can stop our Easter Joy for our risen Savior!!!
That sounds like a lovely tradition! Stay safe & healthy! 🙂 Linda