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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dyed Rice CandleHolder

I love holidays and I love decorating for holidays! 
 The summer months are filled with patriotic holidays, so starting with Memorial Day our red, white and blue decorations begin.  I add more for Flag Day (June 14th) and then of course all the festive decorations appear for the 4th of July.   Long live the red, white and blue!!   We are a very patriotic family, so proud of being an American and we live it every day but on our Nation's holidays we really go all out!  (can you hear me humming the Star-Spangled Banner?)

  I wanted something new for this patriotic season but didn't wish to buy anything else.  I have been seeing these little dyed rice candle holders on Pinterest and thought I would try one. 

 I found a sweet little clear vase and grabbed some rice and food coloring.   
For my candleholder:
3 cups of uncooked white rice (1 cup for each color)
2 Ziplock freezer baggies
Blue food coloring
Red Food Coloring

Pour 1 cup of rice into each of the 2 ziplock freezer baggie (1 cup in each baggy). 

Add blue food coloring to one, close the ziplock and mix it by massaging the rice through the baggie with my fingers until the desired shade was reached (you can keep adding a few drops of food coloring each time until you like it) .
Repeat this same step with the red color and the other baggie.   

Start with the red rice, pour the rice into the vase and level it out. Add the undyed  white rice and end with the blue rice.
 A little tea candle can buried into the rice until the top is level with the rice.  Done!  
 Using the baggies makes absolutely no mess and no clean up, just throw them away:)) 

And this project was totally free!   I already had the little clear vase, the food coloring and the rice:)) 

Other Great Ways to Celebrate:


  1. saw this from Wordless Wednesday @Sincerely, Paula and I really like this idea! Pin'd to my gonna do board!

  2. I like this! Never thought one could dye rice :-) So we learn !

  3. Coming from GFC collective blog hop.
    New follower via GFC

  4. this project is sweet and simple! thanks for posting!

  5. This is a great idea! I could definitely use this during my 4th of July celebration, plus the kids would get a kick out of dyeing the rice. So cute!


  6. What a great idea. I am planning a get together and this will be just the thing! Have a super Memorial Day Weekend.

  7. What a great idea for Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Just a reminder of our linky party going on today, BBQ Block Party-Linky Party.

    Hope to see you there

  8. Hello Evelyn, this is such a wonderful creative idea. Never thought of it. Will definitely try it.
    Visiting from Sew Crafty Angel blog hop.

  9. sweet! love it! thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  10. Such a great idea! We love to decorate for our July 4th party every year and this is perfect! Visiting from the Lamberts Lately party.

    Planting Daffodils

  11. Thank you for featuring my Three-Star Memorial Day menu, Evelyn. That was very nice of you.
    I brought over some Fresh Strawberry Muffins for this party. Enjoy and thanks for hosting another great party. Have a great weekend.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Tumbleweed Contessa

    1. Evelyn, something happened to the site. The party has "disappeared" and suddenly my comment was here. I haven't totally lost my mind I hope.


  12. This is a good idea, would look nice in Easter colors, Valentine,...too!

    Your "Rice" fits in with the linkup at my blog, Inspired by 4. If you'd like to link, be glad to have you there.

    Have a happy holiday weekend!

  13. Such a simple idea! I should make a couple of these :)

  14. Such a fun and easy project to do for the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Visiting from NewEndStudio's 4 challenge! This is a fun project--who knew rice could be dyed!

  16. You are so darn creative! I'm sure anyone who could come up with this out of humble white rice, could transform an old snicker into a work of art! Happy Memorial Day Weekend Chica, Hugs. Lizy

  17. What a great idea! And so easy even a certain 9 year old granddaughter could have fun doing it! We are going to try this out -- thank you!

  18. Hi Evelyn! I love the candle holder. We are very patriotic. All generations have served and my son is a wounded Iraqi Veteran who got the Bronze Star for Valor. I love doing new things for the summer Holidays. Thank you for sharing how to make this candle holder. I am going to make one for my son and the other for ME!!!! Your table looks so festive! Have a wonderful weekend. Rasz :)

  19. Thanks, Evelyn. Very creative and patriotic! Love it.

  20. Hi this is such a pretty decoration for the summer holiday! Thanks for sharing with everyone. Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday.
    Julie from

  21. How fun is this?!! Just think of all the ways to add a dash of color to a tablescape with the colored rice.
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!! Happy Memorial Day!

  22. Wow! That came out pretty cool! And all the color was food coloring and rice? Neat! Thanks a bunch for sharing this with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF weekend Blog party :)

    The Wondering Brain

  23. Featuring YOU today! Thank you for linking up to {wow me} wednesday! :)

    Ginger @

  24. Wow, love how easy that was. & when I saw it linked up never knew it was rice. Easy way to make your votive look festive! Hope all is well, Theresa @

  25. I adore this craft, so adorable! You've been featured at the Circle of Faith link party! You can grab a featured button on my link party buttons page!, Hope your having a great weekend!

    -Kayla :)

  26. What a great craft! Something every member of the family could enjoy making! Thank you for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I am featuring this in my Top 10 post that will go live Monday morning! Thanks again!

    Cynthia at

  27. Hi Evelyn,

    Your project was one of our Top 10 featured project. See it here:
    Top 10 Pin IT MOnday Hop#10 Features.

    Pursuit of Functional Home.


Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))