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Dyeing Pasta

Could you use some coloured pasta for your craft work with the kids?  This is my favourite method of dyeing pasta. It is quick and easy and for a change, involves very little mess!

Coloured pasta is one of those crafting basics that can be used in so many different craft activities but they are also something that you need to prepare ahead of time.  The good news is that you can colour your pasta and store it (almost indefinitely) so you will always have some on hand.

If you do it in small batches, the kids can have fun mixing the food colouring to create new colours or you can just stick with the primary colours (and green).  You might need to measure out the vinegar, but the kids should be able to do the rest.  Just make sure that the zip-lock at the top of the bag is properly closed before the kids start shaking them as the food colouring will stain if it escapes the bag.

What you need for dyeing pasta...

  • snap-lock bags
  • food colouring 
  • white vinegar
  • pasta in a variety of shapes
  • baking paper and a tray for drying


Gather your supplies together and prepare you workspace. Place some of your pasta into each of your snap-lock bags.  

Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the bag and as many drops of the food colouring as you need to get the colour you want. Close the zip lock and shake and mush the bag until all of the pasta is covered with the colour mix.

Tip the contents of the bag onto your drying tray and separate the pasta so that it does not stick together when it dries. Leave your pasta for a couple of hours to thoroughly dry.

When the pasta is dry you can store it in a plastic container until you are ready to use it.

Then you just leave the pasta somewhere out of the way to dry.  Once it has dried you can store it in another snap-lock bag or in a plastic container for use in any number of different craft activities.

For example, you could use the coloured pasta

  • to make necklaces, 
  • create mosaic style pasta pictures 
  • to add detail to art work

Would you like to print out an Instruction Sheet for this activity?

Click on the download button to get your copy of the Dyeing Pasta Instruction Sheet.  The pdf will open in a new tab and you can either save it or print it from there.

Please do feel free to share this sheet with anyone who might like to engage their kids in this activity!

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