Mason jars aren’t just for canning….

Easy Ten Minute Idea: Patriotic Colored Rice Jar Candle centerpiece at


It’s the end of the month and time for another 10 Minute Idea!  This series is based on the idea that sometimes ten minutes is all we have but that doesn’t mean we can’t use that time to come up with beautiful and useful ideas.  Each month, a fabulous team of creative bloggers will be sharing ideas with you, so make sure you scroll all the way through to find the other projects.

Now that we have officially kicked off summer, 4th of July is just around the corner. These Patriotic Colored Rice Jars are super easy and can be whipped up in no time! With just a few supplies (you probably even have everything you need on hand) and a few minutes, you can have some festive patriotic decorations perfect for table decor all summer long!

The actual tutorial itself is fairly simple and you may have seen how to color rice already around the web, but if not, you can see how I made these Patriotic Colored Rice Jars.  I love how simple and pretty they look during the day and even better when glowing on a Summer night at dusk.

This month’s  10 Minutes Ideas theme is crafts, you can definitely make these in 10 minutes, or less!  It’s also a great craft to let the kids help with! 

How to make Patriotic Colored Rice Jars

Patriotic Colored Rice Jar supplies at

Supplies to Make Patriotic Colored Rice Jars

Easy Patriotic Colored Rice Jar supplies at


I used four 16-ounce jars and 6 cups of white rice.  So I measured out 4 cups of rice and placed 2 cups in each of the two bowls. (I also set aside 2 cups of rice that I would leave white)

How to Make Colored Rice at

Place several drops of one color in the bowl and mix rice using a metal spoon. (*you can also read how to color rice for sensory play – you will want to add vinegar as well as the food color)

repeat with the other color.

How to Color Rice at

Once you have dyed your rice, spread each color out on a baking sheet to dry about 10-15 minutes.

How to Make Patriotic Colored Rice Jars at

Since I don’t have a funnel, I placed one of the jars in a bowl (to catch any rice that didn’t make it into the jar).

Layer rice in jars for desired pattern.  I used 1/2 cup of red,  1/2 cup white and then 1/2 cup blue rice.

Patriotic Colored Rice Jar Candle centerpiece at

Last, gently set a small candle in the middle of the rice, and you’re done!

Patriotic Colored Rice Jars Candle centerpiece at


Easy Ten Minute Idea: Patriotic Colored Rice Jar Candle centerpiece at


That’s it! See, I told you they were really simple!  Like I said, you can use them all summer.  Simply place the top on the jars and store away in between parties or for next year!

quick craft ideas

More 10 Minute Ideas:

Each month, a group of bloggers will share a 10 minute idea with our readers, this month is 10 Minute Craft Ideas.  Follow the links below to more fabulous quick crafts!!  go check them out and be inspired!!

T-Shirt Flea Market Bag – Finding Home


DIY Polka Dot Pitcher – Dream Green DIY


DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch – Julie Blanner


DIY Mason Jar Vase – Thistlewood Farms


DIY Summer Vase – Four Generations One Roof


“Antique” Bread Board – Miss Mustard Seed