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Today it was my turn to teach our little preschool class in our home. I was nervous and didn’t think I had enough activities to do, but of course I ran out of time and I think the kids had a great time. I decided to teach colors and had a blast with it. Forever ago I saw on this site that you can color your own macaroni to make fun jewelry. So I made some “beads” for the kids and loved seeing their creations. They were so easy and fun to make that I wanted to share with you!

Colored Pasta Beads
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1 cup pasta per color (I used Ditalini)
2 TBSP rubbing alcohol
2-3 drops food coloring (I used Wilton coloring gels)

Place rubbing alcohol and coloring in a ziploc sandwich bag. Mix together. Add in pasta and shake to coat well. Repeat with each color. Drain off excess liquid. Place on a foil lined cookie sheet and allow to dry for one hour (I let mine dry overnight).

Liam gave me the necklace that he created…my very first mom’s macaroni necklace! I am keeping this one for sure and wearing it to the movies this afternoon. I mean…you have to dress up to see the Princess and the Frog, right?

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    February 18, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    olivia would love making these. thanks!

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    February 19, 2010 at 3:23 am

    that is a FANTASTIC idea!!! you are SO cute!! 🙂 i would love to do that with the girls.

    (i miss you and soooooo bummed this weekend didn't work out. but i LOVE ya!!!!!)

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    February 19, 2010 at 7:01 am

    So cute of an idea. Take a picture of the necklace so I can see it please.
    Great job, Amy and Liam.

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    Kara Miller
    February 19, 2010 at 7:09 am

    These are too cute! Can't wait until Ada is old enough to make macaroni necklaces 🙂 I received your adorable felt heart pin in the mail yesterday! Thank you soooo much, it's adorable. And I am so glad you have discovered Sephora, that place is like Disneyland 🙂

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    August 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you! I'm making this for my ispy jars for my daughter's birthday party. I'll post the pictures after the party on Saturday. http://Www.jamesandleighann.blogspot.com

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    October 1, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I love how your colors came out, do you have the amt of food coloring you used to get the colors you have? We just did this and our colors dont look as nice as yours ha ha ha

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    October 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Rumpsack…I just had Wilton gel food colors on hand so I used those.

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    October 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    just made these too. My colors did not come out as vibrant as yours either. I followed the ratio and even re-did some of them, but still not as bright….mine as a tad dull. Great idea and thanks!

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    October 11, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Having the church playgroup over tomorrow, the mom's are going to help me pack for my move and I just finished making 7 colors of these for the kids to play with while we work. Hoping they dry in this humid WA weather before morning…

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    Your Friend Susie
    October 17, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Adorable idea! Wish I'd had cool ideas like this when my boys were little, but I have a grandchild on the way so, another chance to do fun projects! 🙂

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    hannah singer
    January 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

    yay! love this, thank you!

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    Sheryl @ Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
    January 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I just posted something similar about coloring pasta! I included you on my Colored Macaroni Pinterest Boards (the link is shared in my post).

    Beautiful colors!


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    February 11, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. 🙂 If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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    February 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I tried and the colors are dull (even with using 10 drops of food coloring) and since the noodles aren't "white" the colors are mixing with yellow. I tried to make blue macaroni noodles for my oldest and instead we got a dullish green. Maybe I'll try the Wilton's coloring and se if that helps.

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    February 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Hi! what a wonderful idea!
    I've tried to colour some pasta with food coloring but I've failed
    I'm french reader
    Can you explain what is TBSP rubbing alcohol please ?
    I'll try to find something equivalent here
    Thank you!

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    Stephanie R.
    March 23, 2012 at 1:26 am

    First… your website is stunning! Second this is JUST the craft I was looking for, Im making a huge list of ideas for my kids to do over the summer. This is now on it!!


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    May 7, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, We are focusing on our colors right now with an all rainbow unit and we will be making macaroni necklaces tomorrow. I used some gel and some liquid colors to make mine and the gels are much more vibrant ! I cant wait to make them with the kids 🙂

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    June 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    what a great idea!! thank you for sharing! we did ours with regular food coloring & let it sit for a while so make the color more vibrant. it helped, but next time we will use the gel coloring.


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    Just ME.
    August 25, 2012 at 3:02 am

    did this tonight for my son and it was SO super easy! my blue came out more of a dark green than a blue, but otherwise they look great and soooooo much cheaper than buying beads!!! and he can use them to glue on paper etc besides just to make a necklace. tomorrow I'm going to color some other macaroni shapes (tiny shells and elbows) that he can use for art projects too!

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    Amany Salem
    September 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Can I make these a few months in advance? (like two months?) Or is it best made right before being used? Im doing a lot of DIY beads, paint, glitter, etc., for my sons 3rd Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Arts and Crafts theme. So I want to get started from now. Thanks!

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    September 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Yes, they can be made in advance and actually last for a long time. I am still using those beads in the picture and I made them how many years ago!

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    Life With Setareh
    January 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I did this with rice for rainbows at church. It turned out great. My daughter loved helping shake the bags.

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    Life With Setareh
    January 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I did this with rice for rainbows at church. It turned out great. My daughter loved helping shake the bags.

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    May 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    What a fabulous idea and very economical! Amazing how people are so creative and always thinking! I would LOVE to see some of the creations people have made out of this macaroni craft!

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    Chris Steele
    July 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I used about 1/8-tsp of the wilton gel, and they are SUPER vibrant. My pink did turn kind of orangey…too much dye, I think.

    Tbsp = tablespoon

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    July 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Just did this using Kroger store brand dyes and the colors came out beautifully – nice and vibrant! I didn't measure anything, just added different dyes until I got the desired effect.

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    July 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Does anyone know how long these "stay"? I'm making them for my daughter's Sesame Street party (Mr. Noodle necklaces!) in 2 months, but don't want to make them now if they "go bad."

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    July 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Audrey, I made these 3 years ago and still have some left over. They are just as vibrant as they were then! Enjoy!

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