Since we always entertain company over the 4th of July weekend, we decided to do a few Mason Jar Candles to play on the tables. This is a super easy craft for the kids to do.
Place the rice in freezer bags and let the kiddos shake it like crazy.
Once they finished dancing around the kitchen and shaking their bags, we then poured the rice on a wax paper covered cookie sheet to let it dry. It takes about 30 minutes to dry and I turned it every 10 minutes or so.
Once it finished drying, then the fun began! This was one craft that I didn’t have to help with at all, so I got to actually do one too!
The end result always turns out fantastic, and I just have to add candles at the end. After the celebrations have came to an end, I always dump the rice in a container and the boys play in it with their army men, cars, etc.
- 6 cups long grain rice
- Food coloring in red and blue
- 2 freezer bags
- Mason Jars
- 2 cookie sheets
- Wax paper
- Tea light candles
- Measure out 2 cups of uncooked long-grain rice each into two separate freezer bags. (total of 4 cups)
- Add 4 tablespoons of water to each freezer bag, close and shake to mix.
- Add 20-30 drops of red food coloring to one bag and 20-30 drops of blue food coloring to one bag.
- Shake vigorously to mix up the color. If it isn't dark enough, feel free to add more color.
- Cover cookie sheet with wax paper and spread out the rice. Be sure to keep the red and blue rice on separate sheets.
- Use a spatula to mix every 10 minutes. It will take around 20-30 minutes for the rice to dry completely.
- Layer the rice in jars using blue, plain white and red.
- Set tea light in the middle of rice and light.
- This ending up making 4 pint size jars and one quart jar for us.