We dyed our Easter eggs today. For most of them we did the standard Paas dye kit that we've done every year. For a select few (18) we tried something new. A rice method!
Get some small containers (we used sour cream and frosting containers), and add just enough dry rice to cover the bottom. Add a few drops of food-safe coloring. Close the containers and shake to spread the dye through the rice. Once it is thoroughly colored, add a hard-boiled egg. Close the container and gently shake.
The eggs turn out brightly colored with interesting designs.
The kids enjoyed this project, but I did find it a little wasteful of the food coloring. You really need to add more dye for each egg or there isn't enough to color the second one. In the photo above you can see one purple and one orange. After the kids lost interest, I added some red dye to the yellow container (orange) and some blue dye to the red container (purple). Just so we wouldn't waste the rice, I cooked it after our project.
Unfortunately, cooking it took out most of the dye. It ended up looking about the same shade as fried rice, which is really deceiving since it still tastes like plain white rice.