You can use vinegar but this seems to produce brighter colours


  • 4 Ziplock baggies
  • 1 Bottle of rubbing alcohol from a pharmacy
  • 4 Bottles of food colouring
  • 1 Packet of pasta penne, or macaroni


  1. Put a cup of pasta in each bag
  2. Put 1/2 a cup of alcohol in each bag
  3. Add food colouring to bags of drunken pasta
  4. Leave to sit for 1/2 hour then tip out liquid
  5. Spread pasta out on some paper towels and leave to dry


Dyed macaroni can be used for many different craft activities

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  • mle00
    • 19 Mar 2014
      4:22 pm

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  • Wonder if you can just cook it up and eat it afterwards?


  • I remember my kids bringing home so many craft ideas made from dry pasta. It has a lot of uses


  • Necklaces, bracelets, stacks of thing you can make using pasta

    • You could make your own jewellery shop at home


  • This is very cute! Thanks for sharing! Will try it with my toddler!


  • good…well done and good try.


  • wonderful less mess idea for the kiddies


  • Thanks for sharing; we do this at home all the time then make bracelets, necklaces and art pieces to hang up – great fun!.


  • Hmm just looked up the cost as you will need 2 cups, it doesn\’t make it an overly cheep exercise, is there another carrier that can be used?


  • Thanks for sharing. Lots of fun for the school holidays.


  • I always wondered how this was made, would be a bit worried if the kids ate it though.


  • Thanks for sharing this idea; looks pretty and effective.


  • you can use this as art decorations or for bracelets and necklaces

    • cheers for posting such a lovely idea. really good fun doing all these art and craft activities. good way to spend the afternoon. lol


  • My sons daycare did this but with just cooked spaghetti and food colouring – luckily no rubbing alcohol because he ate the red worms lol :)


  • Awesome, now i can make pasts necklaces and bracelets, a lot easier than painting pasta lol.


  • love this idea, so many things can be made with the pasta, from jewellery to sticking on cardboard and making their own little design, love it


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