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Coloring Rice Green for a Springtime Display

Winter is on it’s way out and I’m itching for Springtime. We’re coloring our rice green today, helping to represent green grass. My own grass is now turning from brown to green and I think this Spring project is going to give it a boost. Let’s all say it together, “Stay out SUN!” Coloring rice is a lot of fun. If you haven’t tried it you should definitely give this project a go.

Coloring Rice Green for a Springtime Display

Coloring Rice Green for a Springtime Display


  • dry white rice – any kind
  • rubbing alcohol – this helps rice dry faster
  • green food coloring
  • plastic zip baggie
  • paper towels
  • tray

Coloring Rice Supplies


  • Place 2-3 cups of dry rice in a plastic zip baggie.
  • Pour in 3-4 drops of your green food coloring.
  • Pour in 1 Tablespoon of Rubbing Alcohol.
  • Now seal the bag and shake it all together. Make sure each piece of rice gets coated.

Coloring Rice Green with Food Coloring

  • Pour your colored rice onto a tray lined with paper towels to dry.

Food coloring can stain, so be careful. You’ll want it completely dry before you start to work with it again, as you don’t want any color to drip. After 20 or so minutes, give it a stir with a spoon. It should be dry within an hour.

Colored Green Rice

For my Spring display, I filled my pink bucket with crunched up paper towels so I don’t have to use as much rice to fill it. Then I poured in my colored green rice up to the top.

Easter Spring Bucket

Now it’s ready for a fun Spring time display. I told you it turns out super cute!

Coloring Rice Green for Spring Decor

Check out what we’ve placed inside our cute bucket: Easter Candy Lollipops

More Springtime projects for you to try:



  1. I tried dying grass green for Christmas with this method. The dye is coming off on my son’s hands and is getting all over his clothes. What have I done wrong? Is there any way to remedy this problem?

  2. It might work to color the rice (for eating) by boiling it in colored water. It works for pasta…

  3. This is a very cute idea. And I never use alcohol to color pasta or rice. I add color to rice in a large bowl, stir until it’s colored and then then dump on a large tray to dry. Takes no time because it was such a small amount of liquid. Perfect every time.

  4. Maybe this is completely superficial, but thank you for having non-name brand food coloring. It seems like so many cooking blogs always show all the name brand spices. Like the other kind doesn’t work.

  5. Infarrantly – I love the idea of this rice in all colors in a clear glass bowl or vase. What a fun display!

    Maya & Tegan and Tage – You can color the rice without the rubbing alcohol, you just need to make sure it dries quickly some how. You could place it in the sun or mix it around and not let it sit too long.

    The reason for the alcohol is so the rice dries quickly and doesn’t start to make the rice soggy. So if you could get it to dry fast without the alcohol, you could probably cook it as is.

    If either of you try this, let me know how it goes!

  6. It’s too bad the rice becomes inedible. I wonder if there is a way to die the rice naturally? And I’m sure the rubbing alcohol could be excluded, it would just take the rice longer to dry. Hm…

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