Towards the end of the school year last year, my youngest son came home from school one day with a super cute project in which his name was spelled out in different colored pieces of pasta. I remember thinking when he brought it home that day that colored pasta seemed like a simple, fun project idea and since I am quite possibly the worst mom when it comes to doing crafts with the kids, it was something that they should be able to work with independently.
The only problem? I had absolutely no idea how to dye the pasta.
So, I did my research and I’m happy to report that I’m now a pasta dying pro. It’s so simple to do and there about a million different things that the kids can do with it.
Here’s what you need:
Pasta (or rice), uncooked
Fill a disposable container with about 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and then add in a few shakes of food coloring until you’re happy with the shade! Throw in a couple handfuls of pasta and shake, shake, shake. Use a slotted spoon to remover the pasta and lay out on newspaper or wax paper to dry! It takes about two hours to dry completely and most importantly, it is NOT safe to eat, so be sure to keep it away from little mouths.
Wondering why the rubbing alcohol? The alcohol keeps the pasta from getting mushy because it dries so fast!
Some things the kids have made with the dyed pasta include bracelets, necklaces, they’ve filled in shapes I’ve drawn on plain paper and made pasta collages.
Have you tried this before? And if so, what creations did you make out of your pasta?