Whether you are making a classic pasta necklace craft or creating your own work of art using pretty, colorful pasta as a starting point – let me show you how to dye pasta. After I show you how to color pasta you can whip up a some beautiful pasta to make first grade, kindergarten, toddler, and pasta necklace activity! Making a Preschool necklace craft is just one of those kids activities every child should do. Not only is it fun, but it is great for strengthening hand muscles too!
Has your child made a macaroni necklace? This is a classic craft every child makes at some point in their life. It is so simple, fun, and quick too. Do you know how to color pasta? It is really easy and inexpensive, let me show you how to dye pasta to make a whole myriad of preschool crafts with pasta. So whether you are looking for how to make coloured pasta for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, or grade 1 crafts – the process is the same!
How to color pasta
Coloring pasta is super easy to do when you know how. Then you can use your colorful pasta for tons of crafts from pasta necklaces to pasta artwork, and more. All you need are a few simple materials:
- rubbing alcohol
- food coloring
- ziplock plastic bags that close tightly
- paper towels
- yarn (optional for making necklaces)
Pasta necklace craft
You will want cheap pasta as the quality of the ingredients isn’t as important – you aren’t eating it!! If you are making a necklace, the bigger the noodle the easier it is to string – rigatoni is a good choice. For making other projects, use whatever noodle your kids think look fun! You can dye pasta once and use it for lots of fun projects!
For each batch you will mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and several drops of food coloring in a bag. Add pasta, seal, and place on cookie sheet (just in case the bag leaks!) You will need to let the pasta soak up the color – it is going to take about 24 hours with you turning it over several times during that process.
Remember this should be done with careful adult supervision and all safety labels read and followed carefully to avoid any stains or injuries.
How to dye pasta for crafts
Drain the pasta and place on several paper towels to finish drying. Give it an hour to make sure they are fully dry and you are ready to dye. Aren’t the colors stunning! The deep colors are from letting the color fully absorb in the pasta! Make sure to mix food coloring to get some varied and beautiful colors.
Pasta necklace activity
Another option to make colored pasta for crafts is to put acryllic paint in a ziplock bag. Add pasta and seal bag. Mix around until the pasta is well covered. Put pasta on wax paper until dry.
Pasta crafts for toddlers
Using yarn have your kids string the past. Tie the string or yard together. If you are making bracelets I suggest using putting them on a pipe cleaner because it can be adjusted better for size. If not the bracelets fall off, land on the floor, and the past gets cracked or chipped =-(
Colored pasta art
This simple, fun and beautiful pasta necklace is a classic craft for kids for good reason! Not only is it fun and entertaining to make. It is great practice for kids pincer abilities they will need for future writing. Plus the options of colors, patterns, and combinations are endless – allowing kids to explore their creativity!
Noodle necklace preschool
They will love wearing their pretty necklace craft or giving it as a gift to Grandma, Mom or preschool friends.
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