Monday, July 11, 2011

Having fun with pasta necklaces

If you are ever looking for a cheap craft idea that you can do indoors on a rainy day, then perhaps consider making pasta necklaces! This is a fun way to keep you and your little ones occupied for a while.

I dyed some pasta many months ago using the instructions below and it was very easy. The colours turned out to be really vibrant and rich. 

The great thing about doing this is that you can just use what you need at the time, and then store the rest of the pasta in bags for their next use. I have bag full of different colours and strings, so, when we are stuck inside, out comes the bag and the necklace-making begins.


Things You’ll Need
Variety of pasta shapes
Food Colouring
Zip Lock Bag or Small Bowl
1 Pour about 1/4 cup of alcohol and about 10 drops of food coloring in a zip lock baggie and mix thoroughly.

2 Add 1 to 2 cups of pasta to the zip lock baggie and shake the mixtures vigorously to completely cover the pasta with the alcohol and food coloring mixture.

3 Let the pasta mixture sit for one hour and then turn the baggie over and let it sit for another hour. You can let the pasta, alcohol, and food colouring mixture sit for as long as it takes to get the deepest color pasta you are looking for. If your pasta is not dark enough then just repeat steps 1-3 until your pasta reaches the desired shade of colouring you are looking for. The longer the pasta sits in the alcohol and food colouring mixture, the deeper the color will get.

4 Once your pasta has reached the desired colour, drain the pasta and separate it into groups of like colors on some newspaper. Let the coloured pasta dry overnight. 

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