Use Rice to Make DIY Speckled Easter Eggs (It’s Mess-Free!)

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If you love trying Easter egg ideas, these easy speckled Easter eggs are super fun to create using rice and food coloring

making a speckled easter egg with rice and blue food coloring

Are you ready to learn a unique and mess-free method to color eggs!!

Try dying dried rice using food coloring and then shaking your hard-boiled eggs with the rice! It’s so easy and is one of the least messy ways I have tried when coloring eggs. The result is a very pretty speckled dyed egg you’ll be proud of!

I want to confess something. When my kids were young, we skipped dying eggs for a few years or maybe many years. LOL, It was because I couldn’t handle the dyed fingers and mess that ultimately ensued. I have a feeling I am not alone in this struggle. 

plate with easter speckled dyed eggs

I am happy to report that this Easter craft is excellent for all ages!

Young kids can have fun shaking up the rice container with the egg. You can just stick with one color or add the egg to a different container with another color of rice to make pretty color combinations. I love how adorable these turned out, and it’s perhaps a less messy alternative to the Easter egg kits in which you dunk eggs into dye.

You will be left with some leftover dyed rice, but maybe consider using it in another craft or to create a DIY sensory bin.

supplies for dying rice using rice

adding rice to a plastic container

adding drops of yellow food coloring to plastic container with rice inside

placing a hard-boiled egg into a container with dyed rice

shaking up an egg with dyed rice

showing yellow and green speckled eggs

purple speckled egg

speckled easter eggs in an egg carton container after dying them

placing speckled eggs on a plate

Speckled Easter Eggs Using Rice




Add about 1/4 cup rice to a small plastic container or storage bag.


Add about 10-15 drops of food coloring to the rice. Place the lid on tightly, and shake to coat the rice.


Add a hard-boiled egg to the container with the rice, and put the lid on again tightly. Shake the egg in the container a few times and even flip the container over. (This is where you can have small kids help shake!)


Remove the egg from the container let it dry. You can also add it to another container with a different color.


Stand back and admire your beautiful speckled Easter eggs!

More tips for dying eggs with rice:

  • Keep your eggs as is, or consider embellishing them further using a paint pen or stickers.
  • Wear gloves if you’d like to keep your fingers from touching any food coloring. I noticed that when you remove the egg from the rice, you can get some on your fingers.
  • If you find the rice becomes too dry to dye an egg, simply remove the egg and add a few more drops of food coloring.
  • Small plastic containers worked out well for me. I have seen others use plastic storage bags. You can also use two plastic cups and tape the tops together before shaking. Maybe a plastic cup and cling wrap on the top could work as well. Also worth noting, the food coloring washed out completely of my containers.
  • Can you dye brown easter eggs? I would try to stick with white so there is more of a contrast.
  • Do I need to soak eggs in vinegar first? I did not, and the color was vibrant enough for me. I don’t think it would hurt to soak for 5-10 minutes first if you’d like.
  • Want perfect hard-boiled eggs? Put your eggs in a pot on the stove and fill it with water just above the eggs. Turn on the heat to medium/high until it boils. Cover the pot with a lid, take it off the heat, and let eggs stand with the lid on for about 14 minutes for extra large eggs. Soak the eggs in an ice bath to cool.

holding a plate of speckled easter eggs on a plate

These speckled Easter eggs are a definite winner!

What a fun, easy craft to do with the family. These turn out so pretty displayed on a plate. Just remember if you plan on eating them to refrigerate them within two hours. Hard-boiled eggs can last up to 7 days in the fridge.

Will you be dying eggs this Easter? What is your favorite method? 

Here’s how to dye eggs using whipped topping!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 10

  1. Jeanette---

    Love this!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Jeanette! I hope you can find time to make some too!

  2. Stephanie

    We did this when my toddler was young to help contain the “mess”. Worked like a charm! And they were quite pretty 🙂 Highly recommend!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice! Thanks for the feedback Stepanie!

  3. Connie

    I’ve never heard of doing it this way. Looks very easy and your eggs are beautiful.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much Connie!

  4. Browniesmomma

    I did see this on tiktok, but after coloring, their eggs looked cracked… Did this happen to yours??

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      I checked with Lina and she said that hers did not crack, but she didn’t shake super hard – just enough to get the color coverage. Hoping this is helpful! 💕

  5. Browniesmomma

    Thankyou Ladies! I am going to try with the grandkids this year 🙂

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome! Enjoy! ❣️

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