I will literally dye anything that walks into my house, hahaha! So….as it was Rainbow Week here in the MADEby Studio, it was the perfect excuse to dye some rice.

What You Need:

  • A bag of rice (uncooked)
  • A range of coloured paints (preferably rainbow colours). If using thick acrylics you may need to thin them slightly with a small amount of water.
  • Sandwich bags or any bags (or zip lock bags are even better) – 1 per colour
  • A tablespoon
  • A tray (or baking tray or cardboard)
  • Greaseproof paper (or clingfilm or tin foil)

How To Make:

  1. Into each bag put about 7-10 tablespoons of rice.
  2. Add a big blob (around a heaped tablespoon) of paint to each bag of rice. One colour per bag.
  3. Seal each of the bags with sellotape or if you have ziplock bags then even better.
  4. The this is the fun part! Using your hands squish the paint around the bag to mix into the rice until all the rice is covered in paint. Repeat for every coloured bag.
  5. Carefully open each bag and spread the dyed rice out onto a greaseproof sheet (or similar). Leave each sheet of coloured rice on a tray to dry in the sunshine or somewhere warm. It should dry anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour depending on conditions.
  6. Once it is dry, store the rice in sealed containers so that they don’t get damp.

We always recommend wearing an apron or old clothes for any craft.