Colored Pasta Necklaces

Colored pasta necklaces are great for kids to make in order to practice hand-eye coordination and to let them flex their creativity. Discover how easy they are to make in this article!

Colored Pasta Supplies

  • Dried pasta in a tube shape so it can be strung onto necklaces. Anelli, ditalini, elbow macaroni, mostaccioli, penne, rigatoni, and rotelle would all work well in for this purpose. Cavatappi, the corkscrew pasta, would make for quite the challenge, although it is doable.
  • Food Coloring
  • Rubbing alcohol. (This is an optional ingredient that helps to dry the coloring faster.)
  • Plastic zip-top bags-sandwich size is fine. We prefer the brand ziplock
  • Paper towels
  • Trays

Pasta necklace

Directions to Color the Pasta

  1. Line your trays with paper towels.
  2. Put your pasta in the plastic bag.
  3. Add 3-4 drops of food coloring in the color of your choice and one Tablespoon rubbing alcohol. Seal the bag and shake. You want each piece of pasta to get coated in the dye.
    1. The rubbing alcohol helps to spread the coloring around more evenly, so you won’t have to use as much dye.)
  4. Pour the newly colored pasta out onto the paper towel lined trays. Remember that food coloring stains, so be careful during this part.
  5. Wait for the pasta to dry completely. This helps to prevent any color from dripping. The dry time is shortened if you use rubbing alcohol.
  6. You will want to do this with a few different colors and perhaps even a few different pasta shapes. This is so the pasta necklace activity can have an added layer of creativity and beauty. If you are at a loss at what colors to choose, you can never go wrong with prime colors.

Colored Pasta Necklace Supplies

  • Completely dried colored pasta, in several different colors.
  • Bowls to put the pasta in
  • Yarn or string
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape

Directions to Make the Necklace

  1. Put the pasta into bowls. If you want to skip this step, you can put the pasta in piles on the table. However, we find that bowls helps to minimize any mess.
  2. Cut a length of yarn or string for your child’s necklace.
  3. Take one large piece of pasta and string it through. Then, leaving around 1-2 inches of a tail, tie a square knot around the pasta. This piece of pasta will now help the other pieces of pasta stay on the yarn.
  4. On the side of the string opposite the pasta knot, put a little bit of tape to act as an aglet and prevent the yarn from fraying as your child makes their necklace.
  5. Give the yarn to your child and let them string pasta onto the necklace. This presents a great teaching moment for you to teach counting and/or patterns.
  6. When they have completed adding pasta to their necklace, tie the two ends together. The necklace is complete.