Updated: Apr 29
If you're looking for a craft that is simple, requires just a few supplies, and will take up a bunch of time (I'm talking hours, not minutes), you've come to the right place.
This activity pretty much consumed our whole day and we're still having fun with it a day later. A true quarantine win. There is one caveat — there is a lot of waiting involved between steps which can create a lot of excitement with a healthy side of whining and question asking. Solution for that below.
Step 1: Gather your supplies
4 supplies are all you need:
Tube pasta (penne or cannelloni perfect)
Rubbing alcohol of some kind (I used hydrogen peroxide)
And the 5th thing we all have an abundance of....TIME
Step 2: Dye the pasta
Use whatever food coloring you have! We had 4 different colors — so we divided our pasta into 4 solo cups. Cover the pasta in the rubbing alcohol and then add 15-20 drops of food coloring (one color per cup) into each cup.
Step 3: Wait 2 hours
No judgement if your kids binge watch 4 episodes of PJ Masks to get through the wait. If you're looking for other activities, here are some good ones to fill the time.
Step 4: Drain and Dry the Pasta
Dump each cup out separately and drain through a colander. This will be a VERY EXCITING MOMENT (and really just a moment) because then you have to wait longer for the pasta to dry. I recommend putting the pasta on a baking sheet after you drain it to prevent food coloring stains.
After doing this, I have several tips to speed up (or avoid) the drying process:
Put the pasta on low (250 degrees-ish) in the oven for about 20 minutes
If it's warm outside, put the baking sheet outside in the sun
Do steps 1-4 in the evening and let them dry overnight
Step 5: Make your necklaces!
Once your beautiful pasta beads are dry (back to being as hard as normal, uncooked pasta), make those necklaces!
We're now making necklaces and leaving them on our neighbors doorknobs. If we also left it with a delicious lasagna, we'd really win neighbor of the year. Maybe we'll do that next week ;)