Today we are making jewelry! Fall pasta necklaces, to be exact. It’s a simple and inexpensive project that’s guaranteed to keep you and your little one entertained this afternoon. And the best part is I had everything we needed on hand, so this craft cost us $0. All you need is an assortment of pasta, yarn, rubbing alcohol, food coloring, sandwich baggies, and some tape.
Start by coloring all the pasta. Put a mixture of rubbing alcohol and food coloring in a baggie, about 1Tbsp : 10 drops, then add the uncooked pasta. Zip up the bag and shake, making sure all the pasta gets coated with color. Let sit for anywhere from 2 – 20 min, occasionally shaking the bag as you wait for your desired color.
Empty the pasta from the bag, and onto an old towel or several paper towels, and allow to dry. Use a strainer if necessary. Dry time is about 5 – 10 min. Remember, food coloring can stain, so protect surfaces, hands and clothes.
Once pasta is dry, I had Sydney help me divide all the pasta by color and put them into small bowls. The perfect opportunity to squeeze in a color lesson!
Now it’s time to get creative! We used yarn for our necklaces, but you can use any type of string you like. With the yarn, it’s helpful to wrap one end with masking tape, making it rigid and easier to thread the pasta.
Mix and match all sorts of pasta and colors for pretty jewel tone necklaces, perfect for fall! This is also a great project to teach kids about patterns and how they’re created.
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Love these ideas!
How much rubbing alcohol do I add to the bag please? 🙂
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I love this idea! I love the fall colors. My daughter loves necklaces, but we have never tried to make one before. I think this will be our first!
Glad to hear you and your daughter are going to make these, hope you guys have fun! This was our first time dying pasta, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.
I love the pasta in fall colors. Please link this to Artsy Play Wednesday.
: 0 ) Theresa
Thanks, I shared it! And thanks for putting together Arsy Play Wednesday, I love seeing all the other creative ideas from moms!