Recently, I’ve been looking for ways to refresh my space, my apartment, for cheap. While I love it overall, I sometimes feel like there’s something missing. On some days, it literally feels like four walls and a floor. That’s it. Initially, I thought about adding more pictures or swapping out the pictures we already have on the wall for new ones, but eventually I decided against that.

New furniture, maybe?

I mean, I am in the market for a new bookcase because I have books everywhere right now. But since I’m not sure where to put it, I can’t really determine the type of bookcase I want. So, nah. Not a bookcase. Not right now. Ugh, what to do, what to do?

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One of my greatest pleasures is decorating my home.  While I have not yet been able to purchase a house and really get down and dirty with that DIY life, I love being able to make small changes here and there to make my apartment feel more like a home–my home.  I should also add that I’m cheap and like to use what I already have on hand to create.  So my DIY rice décor fits the bill perfectly.

rice home decor diy budget

Items needed:

  • Rice (I used brown, but you can use white if you’d like.)
  • Food coloring
  • Storage bags or freezer bags
  • A vase or other clear container
  • Optional: A tiny helper



Rice Home Decor Budget DIY

I started by measuring out the amount of rice I wanted for each of my containers.  I just used a measuring spoon, but feel free to eyeball it.  Had everything been going in the same container, I definitely would have just eyeballed it.  Since, however, my container was an attached set of 4, I wanted the amounts to be (semi) uniformed.

After that, I put each cup of rice into a separate storage bag with a few drops of food coloring.  Depending on how dark or light you want your rice colored, will determine how many drops.  I used 5 drops in each.  Be careful not to use too much, otherwise you’ll have wet, gummy rice and that’s just yuck.

Rice Home Decor DIY Budget

Now here’s the fun part and where you’ll most likely utilize your tiny helper:

Shake it! Shake it! Shake it!

Shake the bag of rice until all of the rice is covered, or it looks the way you want it to look.  When I was done, mine looked like this:

Rice Home Decor DIY Bugdet

Rice Home Decor DIY budget

 From there, the task is getting the rice into the container.  This will be easier for some than for others, as it will depend on the type of container you’re using.  Since my container had tiny openings, I ended up just cutting the corners of the storage bags to funnel the rice into the container.  It worked pretty flawlessly.  Yes, I’m being sarcastic, but check the finished product.

Rice Home Decor DIY budget

This is the perfect addition to my favorite space in my home.

Rice Home Decor Budget DIY

Are you into the DIY life?  What have you created lately?