Colored rice can be used for all sorts of projects and activities, and it is really easy to make. It takes just a few simple ingredients, and it can be used for crafting, decorating, toys, games, celebrations and more. Do not buy it already dyed. Save a considerable amount of money, and use these easy ways to color ordinary rice. Once it is colored, try these creative and unique options for use. It is just as fun to color as it is to create craft projects, games and decor.
For each batch you will need one cup of uncooked (not instant) rice, two tablespoons of isopropyl rubbing alcohol, about 8 drops of food coloring, a plastic zipper bag and a baking sheet. If you want to blend primary colors into unique new hues, you will also need small containers and toothpicks or craft sticks for stirring the food coloring.
Begin by adding the rice to the zipper bag, add the rubbing alcohol and the food coloring, and with the bag zipped closed; gently blend the ingredients with your hands. After the rice is completely covered, pour it onto a baking sheet while creating a single layer. Allow it to dry completely before using for any purpose.
Toss it after a Wedding
People quit tossing rice after weddings decades ago after someone said that birds would ingest it and suffer grave consequences. The information was inaccurate and completely unfounded. Rice can be used after a wedding, but only if someone is willing to clean up the mess. The only danger that it poses is to those that could slip and fall on hard surfaces.
Color rice to match the wedding hues, or create a rainbow of colors. Forgo the bubbles, and give guests small tulle bags that are filled with the colored confetti and tied with narrow satin ribbons. Have them open the bags and toss the rice when the newly married couple exits the wedding venue. It is a refreshing change from the current traditions that everyone else seems to choose.
Make a Sensory Bin for the Kids
A sensory bin is similar to a sandbox, but it contains rice and other small objects that kids can pick up and manipulate with their hands. They can pour the rice through funnels and sifters and into other containers. Best of all, they will use their imaginations. Color the rice instead of using the plain white variety. It will be much more appealing, especially if several colors are used. Separating the grains by color improves dexterity and fine motor skills.
Fill Clear Glass Containers with Colorful Layers
Candles, faux floral stems and wrapped candies on sticks look spectacular, especially when presented in clear glass containers filled with colorful bits and pieces of candy or other items to hold them in place. Colored rice is ideal. Color one or more batches, and layer the hues to create filler for holding decorative or edible wrapped items. They make fantastic gifts. Simply wrap the finished gifts in clear plastic, and tie the tops with color coordinating bows. Color an entire bag of rice, and keep it on hand for craft projects, home decor, gifts and more.
Source: Professional Home Decorating, Child Daycare and Crafting Experience