How to dye Pasta

Dyed pasta is actually very easy and it can be used for so many fun things. Things you can do with kids using dyed pasta include; a sensory bin, collages, patterning, and jewelry. See below how to dye pasta in 3 easy steps!

How to Dye Pasta Preschool

You’ll Need This to dye Pasta:

  • Pasta of your choice (we used Rigatoni for making necklaces)
  • Food Coloring
  • Vinegar



Step 1. Pour your desired amount of pasta into a container. You can use a plastic container or bowl with a lid or a ziplock bag. If you want more than one color, divide the pasta up into separate containers.

How to Dye Pasta Preschool

Step 2. Add 1 TBSP of vinegar and several drops of food coloring of your choice. The more food coloring you add, the more vivid the coloring. Close the container and shake vigorously. I added glitter to the batch for extra fun after, then I shook it again to coat with the glitter.

How to Dye Pasta Preschool

Step 3. Lay the pasta out to dry. I laid mine on a cookie sheet covered with paper towels. It takes a few hours to dry or you can lay it out all night for the best results. After about an hour, I flipped them over to let the other side dry.

How to Dye Pasta Preschool


After it dries, it is ready to be used! We made these Friendship Necklaces with them but the options are endless!

Pasta Necklace Craft

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