I got the food coloring down from the cabinet & grabbed some baggies. (I actually used a few of the millions of breast milk storage bags that I have. Seriously, I have a million of them; I'll never use them all for their intended purpose.) I also grabbed the plastic wrap.
We used macaroni since it was what we had on hand, but any kind of pasta would work great. I'm already thinking of the possibilities. Wouldn't a painted snowman look cute with a red bowtie pasta bow on his neck? :)
What you'll need:
- dry pasta
- food coloring
- plastic wrap
Put a handful of the dry pasta into the baggy.
Add a few drops (start with about 5) of food coloring to the pasta. I imagine that you'd need to start with several more drops for bigger pieces of pasta.
Seal and shake the bag to coat the pasta. Add more food coloring a few drops at a time if any pieces of the pasta aren't coated well. Some of the colors took almost 15 drops of food coloring before I was happy with them.
I poured the macaroni out onto small pieces of plastic wrap so it could dry, because it does get a little wet from the food coloring. It was completely dry within a few hours.
Of course we made red, green & blue, but the yellow didn't look right. I'm guessing that's because the macaroni is already kind of yellow. We made orange instead, by adding a few drops of red along with the yellow. We made brown by mixing green with red & a kind of teal color by mixing blue & green. We tried for purple, but mixing the blue & red resulted in a jet black color- pretty cool anyway.
As far as the necklaces go, I had this stretch bead cord in one of our craft boxes. The boys were able to string the macaroni onto it all by themselves.
Demitri went with solid red (his favorite color,) while Sylas went with a more random style.
FYI: if the macaroni gets wet, the color will go everywhere. So don't let it get wet, unless you're into that sort of thing.