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I was inspired by these colorful rice creations to make my own colorful rice coasters.  There are endless crafts to make with this colorful rice.  Dana uses vinyl fabric to make her crafts and I decided to try acrylic.

Take this idea and make it your own!
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Step 1: Materials

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Dying Rice:
1. White Rice
2. Food Coloring
3. Bowl
4. Spoon
5. Wax Paper
6. Water

Acrylic Coaster
1. 5"x10"X1/8" of acrylic
2. 5"x5"X1/4" of acrylic
2. Laser Cutter
3. Acrylic Glue
4. Acrylic Glue Applicator
5. Rubber Gloves
**There are many ways you can rework this project w/o using the laser cutter, get creative : )

Step 2: Dying Rice

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Here is a great tutorial on how to dye the rice, but I can give you the basic run down of what worked best for me.

Put rice in a bowl.

When adding the food coloring you want to add a couple teaspoons of water so the color spreads evenly.

Mix it all together until all the rice in the bowl is the same color.

Once you've reached the desired color lay the rice out on a piece of wax paper.  Leave the rice out until it is completely dry. 

TIPS for getting desired color of rice:

Fade Color:
1.add more water to the bowl which will wash some of the dye off the rice and lighten the color. 
2. Add more rice to the bowl: one drop of blue dye for one cup of rice will be darker than one drop of blue dye in two cups of rice...makes sense

Darker Color
1. More dye and less water: drain the water from the bowl
BeanGolem4 years ago
Finally, a suitable use for rice!
except for feeding third world countries

trailleadr4 years ago
Very cool! Kinda reminds me of a culture specimen.
Exactly what I was thinking too! :D
ChrysN4 years ago
angelabchua4 years ago
Super cute!