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How to dye pasta

How to dye pasta for kids to play with

The past couple of days we’ve had a lot of rain so we’ve been trying lots of crafts to keep us busy. Today we thought we would show you how to dye some pasta shapes as we’ve been having lots of fun with dried pasta, it’s surprisingly quick and easy too.

To dye your own pasta you will need:
pasta shapes
white wine vinegar
food colouring
cocktail sticks
plastic bags
tray

How to dye pasta

Measure 1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar into a small bowl. Add a generous amount of food colouring and mix with a cocktail stick.

how to dye pasta

Place the dry pasta into a clear plastic bag and add the coloured vinegar mixture. Shake the bag for a couple of minutes until all the pasta is completely covered.

how to dye pasta

Pour out the coloured pasta onto a tray, I used disposable foil baking trays, and leave to dry thoroughly for an hour.

how to dye pasta

Then you are ready to craft and have some fun!

We only had a couple of different types of pasta but my children enjoyed wrapping the farfalle with string to make long necklaces. They threaded the penne with pipe cleaners to make bracelets. Threading is great for improving fine motor skills and I really enjoyed watching my 30 month old who quickly mastered both threading and bending the ends of the pipe cleaner toΒ make her own bracelets.

I hope you like the results and let me know if you try it yourself!

24 Comments

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    May 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Great idea, very creative. She looks deep in concentration x

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      jenny
      May 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      I need to craft more with her, her older brother usually gets all my attention πŸ™

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    Eileen Teo
    May 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I never thought of using vinegar. I thought just put the dye will do. Great tips!

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      jenny
      May 28, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Think you can use alcohol too but vinegar sounded more kid friendly!

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    Vikki Holness
    May 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Such a fun and creative idea for kids. I keep meaning to try some spaghetti pasta dyeing out with the boys for sensory play, but still haven’t got round to it yet! xxx

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    Mummy of Two
    May 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Great idea! I’ve done this with cooked spaghetti and dry rice but not tried pasta yet. Will have to give it a go!

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      jenny
      May 28, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Ooh, cooked spaghetti sounds fun!

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    Louisa
    May 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I died some rice recently (but without vinegar), does the dye dry ok in the middle of the penne?

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      jenny
      May 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      I left it for an hour and it was absolutely fine, rice is next on my list!

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    Ickle Pickle
    May 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Ooooh what fun! I want to try this with my sisters! x

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    there and back again... a mother's tale
    May 28, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    This.Is.Awesome! I love it, must try this for J!

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    VaiChin @Rambling Through Parenthood
    May 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I really like this idea of colouring pasta. Pinned!

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    VaiChin @Rambling Through Parenthood
    May 28, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    This is lovely idea. Am pinning for use later.

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    Sarah Bailey
    May 29, 2014 at 2:06 am

    They look amazing! Who knew you could make such vibrant colours πŸ™‚ x

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    Lisa Prince (@BEAUTY_IIAO)
    May 29, 2014 at 9:35 am

    if you dont want to use food colouring , i use beetroot for the colouring , when left to dry it works a lovely colour x

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    ninjacat
    May 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

    What a great idea my reception class would love this

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    Kara
    May 29, 2014 at 11:01 am

    What a fabulous idea – didn’t realise you could dye it

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    Michelle
    May 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I would love to try this with the girls especially with the weather not great at the moment x

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    Jo Middleton
    May 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    That is amazing! So creative. If only you could eat it afterwards.

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    Vicky (@aroundandupsidedown)
    May 30, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I love this idea! I adore pasta jewelry and picture frames. A pasta necklace and a wry smile is more certainly the mark of a contented mummy πŸ™‚

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    Shell Louise
    May 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    They look great and so much fun πŸ™‚

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    Michelle
    May 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

    What fun! Makes crafts so much more exciting!

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    July 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

    […] so perfect for creating a Frozen landscape. I followed the method I’ve previously used to dye my own pasta. Because there was a greater quantity of pasta the dye only covered about half of it which left a […]

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    Judith Mills
    November 30, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    When I do it , it does not coat the pasta and just slides off…what type of food colour do you use?

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