The best way to color uncooked rice for crafts

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The best way to color uncooked rice for crafts
Dying rice is a simple art project. (Blue Jean Images/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The best way to dye uncooked rice is to use a few simple materials found around the house. You can use your dyed rice for a variety of craft projects. For example, your children can sprinkle the dyed rice on craft paper swathed in glue, much like they would sprinkle glitter. Your child can use different colours of rice to form landscape scenes and other art on the craft paper. Apply the dye carefully because it will easily stain your fingers and hands.

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Things you need

  • 1 bottle food colouring
  • 1-gallon resealable plastic bag
  • 2-tsp rubbing alcohol
  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice
  • Waxed paper

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  1. 1

    Squeeze several drops of food colouring in a hue or your choice into a 1-gallon plastic, resealable bag. Add 2 tsp of rubbing alcohol to the bag.

  2. 2

    Pour 3/4 cup of uncooked rice into the resealable, plastic bag. Seal the bag.

  3. 3

    Shake the bag until the rice is covered in food colouring.

  4. 4

    Lay a piece of waxed paper on your work space. Pour the rice onto the waxed paper, and spread it out. Allow the rice to dry. This can take between 24 and 48 hours. Check on the progress of the drying after 24 hours by lightly touching a few rice granules with your fingers.

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