Friday, July 15, 2011

colour me happy : how to dye pasta

It really pays to have friends that are teachers. I know a few and not only are they such an inspiration to me, they also have some nifty hints and tricks!

One of these I will share with you today. I was blown away by how easy this is, and how vibrant the colours ended up being.

I've always thought dying pasta would be difficult, or messy. I attempted to colour pasta once before, with paint. What a mess.
But using this fabulous tip meant I had coloured pasta in no time, with no mess!

You will need:
Uncooked pasta
Hand sanitizer {containing alcohol}
Food dye
and zip lock bags
a tray
paper or baking paper

Place your pasta in a ziplock bag. Put 1-2 squirts of hand sanitizer in the bag, and then some drops of food dye. Close it up and gently 'massage' the pasta so as to spread the colouring evenly all over. Do this bit gently especially if you're using a pasta that has some pointy bits otherwise they'll tear little holes in your bag!
Allow to sit for a few minutes in the bag.

Line a tray with paper or baking paper {I used baking paper because I ended up putting my pasta tray in the oven to speed the drying process}.
Empty the bag of pasta onto the paper. Allow to dry in the sun or on a table inside. If you need it soon, you can put the tray {with baking paper} in the oven on 'defrost' mode for a little while until dry.


Pretty, isn't it! I'm excited about all the crafts we can do with pasta :o}

check out our rainbow rice here

a little delightful

25 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea!! My bigger kids loved to craft with pasta...anything from jewellry to collage but their pasta shapes never looked that pretty.
    xx

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  2. I am so doing this. I admit, I have been intimidated by coloring pasta but this looks so easy, I'm in. :)

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  3. Just successfully made some coloured pasta and whipped up a little bracelet...which my son promptly fed to the dog who loves uncooked pasta lol!!

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  4. LOL Kyra!!!! Oh well, you'll have to make more! :o}

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  5. I just tried it, thank you for posting this!

    Your colours look so much nicer than mine do, what dye do you use Bianca?

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  6. Hi Sarah,
    I used that multipack of 4 food dye colours from the supermarket - sorry I'm not at home so can't check the brand but I'm sure they're really common! :o}

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  7. Oh really! I used to other supermarket bottles, I have just run out of 2 of the colours from the multipack. I will be sure to grab some more. Thanks Bianca :)

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  8. Would the pasta still be edible (and colourful) if cooked? I know some kiddos that would LOVE pink or purple pasta.

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  9. Hi Marsha! I haven't tried this but assume it would work just of course don't use the hand sanitizer. perhaps they would need to be boiled in coloured water?

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  10. Hi there! As a newby to toddler craft myself, I would love to see some of the crafts you can do with the coloured pasta. I'm off to colour mine now. Cheers...Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle! With this kind of coloured pasta - the penne - we normally just make necklaces / bracelets etc. Smaller pasta can be used as rain (instead of rice) in pictures, or glued to make animal shapes or flowers etc on card board. I have used the bow tie shaped pasta in christmas craft - we made a paper plate wreathe with them.
      You can also colour rice this way.

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  11. After it dries can you store it to use at different times??

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    1. yes you can store them! I keep ours in ziplock bags in our craft cupboard to use when ever we feel :)

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  12. Just finished making a few colors... was so easy and I had everything on hand. I had no problem with the colors, they came out vibrant after about ten drops of coloring in each bag. I also let them sit a minute or two and that seemed to help. No trips to Target/Walmart, nothing pricey! Thanks! My boys are going to LOVE playing with these tomorrow!

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  13. Just made some of this last night - added it to my blog today and linked back to you! :) Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  14. Hi Bianca. I find my pasta cracks and breaks once dry. This goes for the rice as well. Do you have any idea why?

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    1. Hi there!
      Hmm not sure sorry :( how are you storing it? Maybe that is affecting it? Or perhaps there might be too much sanitizer/colour used on them and they got too wet?

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  15. this is amazing, i didnt even know you could dye it! we will definately be making some beautiful pasta related craft projects asap!
    thank you so much for posting it xxx

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  16. I coloured my pasta this morning or turned out really good.

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  17. You can replace the sanitizer or whatever alcohol you would use with vinegar.. Much safer for toddlers! Only with the vinegar you will want to you less vinegar than you would alcohol so the pasta doesn't soften! :)

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  18. This completely made my day to find out how easy it is to color pasta. I'm not particularly crafty, but have been promising my 5 year old granddaughter I would show her how to make crafts with pasta and paper plates. (When I was a kid we used silver and gold spray paint to color the pasta). We had so much fun with the colors and made an adorable red and green Christmas wreath.

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  19. Hi... Thank you soo much for this! It's crazy snowing here and I was wondering how to color the pasta without any rubbing alcohol or vinegar ( because i didn't have either at home), and then you came and saved the day!

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  20. Hi. This is not just for kids! I was trying to find out how to color pasta to use as Bingo card number covers for a senior citizen Bingo party we are planning at our parish for St. Patrick's Day. Your recipe will work perfect. Thanks so much.

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  21. Add glitter for an extra wow factor! Food glitter is best because of its fine texture. :) Love it!

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  22. This is an art proect in the making.

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