Monday, February 21, 2011

Dying Noodles





I have been wanting to try my hand at dying pasta noodles for a while so one day we finally did it. Austin loved watching the noodles change color. He was surprizingly good at stringing the pasta onto ribbon to make a necklace too. I used rotini noodles since they are large and have a wide hole for stringing. Kelsey was visiting for the day and the two of them had a blast playing with the noodles all day in the little kitchen.

Supplies Needed:
bottle of rubbing alcohol
large bowls
cookie sheets
paper towels
pasta noodles
food dye
plastic or metal spoon

Pour the amount of pasta that you want to dye into bowls. We did two different colors, so we used two bowls. Pour rubbing alcohol over pasta to cover. Add desired amount of food dye. The more you add, the darker the color. Stir pasta until food dye is well distributed. Let sit for an hour or so, stirring occasionally. Check the color often as the longer you let the pasta sit in the dye the brighter the noodles will be. Finally, scoop out the pasta and spread it out on paper towels on cookie sheets to dry. After it dries, you can use it for a variety of crafts including making necklaces, collages, picture frames, or just playing chef.

Have fun!
Awbree

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