My boys love glue, which means I’m usually on the lookout for activities they can do which give them an opportunity to get sticky. I remembered making pasta noodle necklaces and realized that they could just as easily glue pasta to paper…which gave rise to the pasta monsters. We didn’t want just plain old yellow monsters, so I decided to color some of the pasta. Here is how I did it. Just a couple of notes:
- Start this at least a day before to give the pasta noodles time to completely dry.
- They are not edible as rubbing alcohol is the medium used to get the pasta to absorb the color.
- Pasta Noodles
- Food Coloring (I used Wilton’s Gels)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Ziploc Bags (I used quart size)
- Table Spoon
- Cookie Sheet (not pictured)
- Paper towels or Wax Paper (not pictured)
Step One: Place 2 Tablespoons Rubbing Alcohol in Ziploc Bag
Step Two: Add 2 to 3 drops of food coloring or if using gel, a small amount from a toothpick.
Step Three: Add about 1 cup of pasta and seal the bag. Then shake it around until all the noodles appear well coated. (Kids love doing this part for you!)
Step Four: I tried this step three different ways.
- Empty noodles onto a unlined cookie sheet and set aside to dry – approximately 8 hours.
- Line a Cookie Sheet with wax paper. This worked well and dried a little faster, but it left a little bit of white residue on some of the noodles.
- Line a Cookie Sheet with paper towels and once the excess liquid was absorbed, move to a cooling rack to finish drying. I much preferred this third method and it dried much quicker.
Step Five: Admire your beautiful pasta and Store in Plastic bags until use. Make some noodle jewelry (nearly a right of passage for mom’s everywhere) or use some glue and let your little ones create away!