Make pretty speckled Easter Eggs and learn how to dye eggs with rice and food coloring! These easy, low mess eggs are so much fun for kids and you likely already have everything you need to make them for Easter!
I have to admit, I was originally a kit person when it came to dying Easter eggs every year.
Those darn little kits sure are convenient, but then we tried rice dyed eggs?
I already had EVERYTHING I needed right in my pantry… and they are beautiful and speckly!
If you’re looking for fun Easter ideas, you should also recycle your plastic eggs and make my Easter Egg popsicles!
What Do You Need To Dye Easter Eggs With Rice?
Here’s what you need, I bet you already have most of these items too!
- Hard-Boiled Eggs – Use my best tips for making easy-peel hard-boiled eggs every time!
- Food Coloring – primary and/or neon colors both work great! Gel food coloring gives extra vibrant colors but start with half as many drops as you’d use with regular food coloring. You may end up with a color explosion otherwise!
- Rice– Use whatever kind of rice you like, you’ll need about 6-7 cups, or 1/2 cup per color you’d like to use.
- Vinegar- Rolling the hardboiled egg in a little bowl of vinegar before you put it in the bag helps to set the colors so they don’t bleed. (not pictured, mom brain whoops!)
- 6-8 Plastic Zipper Sandwich Bags– Or more if you want to go crazy with the colors. You can also use pretty much any sized bag except the snack-sized bags, they are too small. Using a bigger bag will give you more speckles as the rice and egg have more room to move, I just only had sandwich bags around!
- Measuring cup– For the rice, it doesn’ t have to be exact!
- Tray or plate lined with a paper towel – This is to set your eggs on to let them dry after you finish dying them.
My Eggs Stopped Turning Colors And Seem Dry
The dye does get absorbed into the rice, usually after an egg or two. Simply add a little more food coloring to the rice in the bag- easy peasy!
I highly recommend adding the food coloring to the bag when the egg is not in the bag, or you could end up with big splotches of dye on your egg which kind of take over the egg.
How Long Do These Easter Eggs Stay Good?
You can store the colored Easter Eggs in the fridge for about a week, just like any other hardboiled eggs.
Can I Use Apple Cider Vinegar Instead Of White Vinegar For Dying Easter Eggs?
If you use apple cider vinegar it will set the colors on the egg and rice. You may notice a slight brown tint when using Apple Cider Vinegar.
What Should I Do With All The Colorful Leftover Rice?
The rice is so pretty and colorful once you finish dying your eggs. If you’re going to use the rice, it’s a good idea to lay it out in a tray or on a cookie sheet with a lip for a few hours and let it dry out. Here are a few ways you can use it!
- Make a sensory bin for your kids full of rainbow rice
- Layer the rice in a jar
- Layer the rice in a vase for a pretty centerpiece
- Make an “Eye Spy” jar, adding a few little toys and craft items to your jar for your kids to find. Seal it tight!
- Use it for crafts! Cut out egg shapes of paper, then let your kids add white glue and colorful rice to make an Easter egg craft, or just a fun swirl!
- Boiled eggs
- Food coloring (primary and neon colors both work great)
- 3-4 Cups of dry rice
- 2-3 Teaspoons Vinegar
- 6-8 Plastic zipper sandwich bags
- Measuring cup
- Tray or plate lined with paper towel
- Optional: gloves
Open your plastic zipper top bags, one for every color you would like to have!
Fill each bag with ½ cup of rice
Add 10-12 drops of food coloring into each bag. Choose one
color per bag, or mix the colors up to see what colors you can create.
Roll the egg in a small bowl of vinegar (1/4 cup works!). This will help to set the colors on both the egg and the rice.
Add one hard-boiled egg to each bag and close bag tightly.
Add about 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar to each bag. This will help to set the colors on both the egg and the rice.
Gently roll the egg around in the rice using both hands and
cover the egg until colored completely. You can also gently shake the bag but make sure the bag is closed before you shake!
You may find you want more food coloring for certain colors. Simply open the bag and add a few more drops of food coloring. More food coloring will give you brighter eggs, but add food coloring a few drops at a time. A little food coloring goes a long way!
Remove each egg from bag and set on tray to dry.
Repeat this process for all remaining eggs. You can reuse used
rice to color the eggs. Just add more drops of food coloring into the bag to
color more eggs!
Gel food coloring also gives beautiful vibrant colors but is stronger. Add a little at a time to the bag if you use gel. You may want a spoon or straw to help stir the rice a little if you use gel food coloring.
Don't touch the eggs with wet hands! The dye will rub off on your finger when your hands are wet.
If you are making an egg with more then one color, or a rainbow egg, start with the lightest color first and work to the darkest. Wait to make multicolor eggs at the end, as the colors can start mixing sometimes!
Did you make these fun rice dyed Easter eggs too? Tell me about how it went in the comments and don’t forget to give this fun idea five stars!