Dyed Pasta Party

We’ve all glued macaroni to construction paper at some point in our lives or at least seen one of these masterpieces. Elmer’s Glue, elbow macaroni and glitter is a staple in American elementary school education. But if you didn’t get the chance or it’s been awhile, consider throwing a pasta party of your own. Or have this craft as an activity for your younger holiday party guests. You know, to keep them busy.

All you need is assorted sizes and shapes of dried pasta, glitter, pom poms, buttons or jewels (whatever embellishments you can spare) and something for them to glue to. It could be the traditional construction paper or something sturdier like cardstock or even something Styrofoam based. Get those items and some glue and the kids are off an running.

But what if you really want to make it an interesting craft? Try coloring the pasta pieces ahead of time. All you’ll need is the pasta, food coloring, rubbing alcohol and a plastic baggie or container.  Add the rubbing alcohol (about a teaspoon full to each 1 1/2 cups of pasta) and 4 drops of food coloring. Seal the baggie or container and give it a good shake to distribute the alcohol and color!

Now you’ll have to let the noodles air dry, just open the bag or take the lid off the container.

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