Tomorrow is Dr. Seuss’s 108th birthday. Sure you can celebrate by making green eggs and ham for the family, but don’t put your green food coloring away after breakfast. Use it to dye your pasta green for crafts! Of course you don’t have to limit to green pasta. Play mix master with your kids and create whatever colors you wish.
To Dye the Pasta
Supplies: You’ll need food coloring, rubbing alcohol, large plastic zip top bags, and we can’t forget dry pasta in whatever shapes you want.
Directions: In each plastic bag, add ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol and 10-12 drops of food coloring. The more you use, the more intense the color. Make sure an adult handles the rubbing alcohol or supervise the children carefully. Add 1-2 cups of pasta to the bag, seal tightly and shake to evenly distribute the color. Let the pasta sit so the color can set, at least an hour is recommended. The longer you let it sit, the more intense the color.
One Ziti, Two Ziti, Red Penne, Green Shells
Now that you have the green pasta, your crafting possibilities are endless! Different shapes are great for different crafts. Some ideas to get you started:
- Rigatoni, penne, or other tube shaped pasta are perfect for stringing. Make necklaces or bracelets. Create garlands to hang
- Orzo, macaroni, wheels and shells can be used to create a mosaic or picture. You can decorate old boxes, containers, even picture frames.
- Use alphabet shaped pasta to help your child practice their spelling. They can glue their name to a picture frame or create a keepsake holder by decorating a shoebox.
- Stick or noodle type pasta can be used to build structures. Use balls of play dough or modeling clay to connect the spaghetti. Use wide, flat pasta like lasagna as a base or roof of the building or a car.
Store any leftover pasta in a clean dry bag. Or keep them in an empty jar to admire their fun colors.
Photo by Thien-Kim Lam