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How to Color Popcorn Kernels

Popcorn kernels are inexpensive and easy to color for a variety of crafts.  ActivitiesForKids.com

Popcorn kernels are inexpensive and easy to color for a variety of crafts. Color as much or as little as you need for crafting projects with your children. It is recommended that parents supervise children with the coloring of popcorn kernels. If the cups containing the dye spill, it can get messy and the dye may stain clothing. Cover the work area with newspaper before starting.


INGREDIENTS:
  • Plain, un-popped popcorn kernels
  • Food color
  • Vinegar
  • Small glass bowls

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Place popcorn in small glass bowls. Be careful not to use anything that will absorb the color of the dye.
  2. Add enough vinegar to each bowl so that the popcorn kernels are covered.
  3. Add several drops of food color to the vinegar. The more food coloring, the richer the color will be. Most dye kits only contain blue, green, red and yellow. Mix yellow and red for orange and red and blue for purple. See primary and secondary colors – printable color wheel.
  4. Let the popcorn kernels soak for about an hour.
  5. Carefully drain the vinegar and food coloring from the bowls.
  6. Place a paper towel on a plate or cookie sheet and spread out the popcorn to let it dry. Once dry, you can keep the colors separated or mix together for crafting projects.
A colorful Thanksgiving table decoration with dyed popcorn kernels at ActivitiesForKids.com
SUGGESTIONS:

Great to use for Fall decorations. The vibrant fall colors also work well for holiday decorations. One easy decorating idea is to put a few tablespoons of the colorful kernels in a clear glass container and include a plain white candle.


About Theresa Johnston

Activities For Kids has been an on-going passion of mine since 1998. I'm a long-time Orlando resident and huge Disney Fan! Prior guide for About.com and current editor for AboutOrlando.com. I hope you enjoy the crafts, recipes and ideas that you find here.
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