Introduction: How to Dye Noodles--the Crafting and Edible Version!!!

Dyeing dry noodles for art collages, stringing awesome necklaces, or sorting by color is a breeze! Go back to kindergarten with this easy project.

*Note: This new recipe allows noodles to be used for craft projects, or technicolored meals!* Check out my blog, www.thehandmadeproject.com for more crafty tidbits.

Step 1: Take One Willing Two-year-old and Post Them Next to You in the Kitchen.

Step 2: Prep Yourself With Food Coloring, White Vinegar, Baggies, and Dry Noodles.

Step 3: Add One Teaspoon (or Less! Less Is More in This Step or Else You Will Wind Up With Soggy Noodles With Unevenly Distributed Color) of Vinegar to a Baggie of Dry Noodles.

Step 4: Squeeze in Four to Five Drops of Food Coloring. Close Baggie and Distribute the Color!

Step 5: Open the Newly Colored Baggie of Noodles to Let Air Dry. Enjoy Just How Easy Dyeing Noodles Are!

Step 6: Once Noodles Are Dry, Take Out of Baggie and Get to Stringing...

Step 7: Or Sorting by Color (a Great Montessori-inspired Lesson).

Step 8: When Finished Working With Your Gem-hued Noodles, and Your Gem-hued Hands.

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Kwazar7111 made it!(author)2015-01-09

being in a hurry to get toddler sitting down, I put the pasta in the microwave to see if it would dry quickly. Magic. Used 2 -30 second bursts. Some pieces started to have some color changes from drying, but this could be cool if making jewelry with it. Just don't dry it on a paper towel. The best part, even if she put it in her mouth, there was no bleeding of color. Project took under 10 minutes beginning to play

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tracidraw made it!(author)2015-07-02

Awesome :) I'm happy you tried the project.

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hillaryb1 made it!(author)2015-03-07

i frgot the vinger will i die

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tracidraw made it!(author)2015-07-02

haha...no. please reply to confirm ;)

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hillaryb1 made it!(author)2015-03-07

i frgot the vinger will i die

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Saunderella made it!(author)2011-07-14

If NOT eating the noodles and done by an adult, here's another option for craft noodles: Dilute food coloring with rubbing alcohol. I teach 1st grade and have found that this makes the dye spread more evenly. Also, you can store the left overs because the alcohol completely evaporates. When you use water, you invite mold (and it's bad!).

To avoid dye on fingers, either rub hands lightly with shortening (edible versions of craft) or lotion (for nonedible). It really keeps the dye from soaking in.

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Selkiemum made it!(author)2008-10-17

oooh! I've been looking for how to do this for ages! My kids are bigger now, but I'm going to make some ANYWAY, just to teach them how to do it!

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smokeybear made it!(author)2011-05-09

besides, you will then have it in your 'closer memory' so you can do it with the grandkids later!

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-10-17

Cool! It is really easy and takes a matter of minutes :D

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marki_marku made it!(author)2010-11-28

if you want to eat them can you cook them and the colour stays in?
I would like to make edible festive noodles for different events!
Ohhh and lovely pic by the way. I have one of my muddy feet with my daughter's muddy feet.

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tracidraw made it!(author)2010-11-28

Hello!

I would test a few out, but I'm sure they'll cook just fine. Make sure that you let the noodles dry completely first.

Cheers!

Traci

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picknpaintpottery made it!(author)2010-01-22

if the dye comes of on your hands then it will probably come off onto your clothes?  I am working with a day care in my pottey studio w/mom's clubs and thought this to be a fun project, but not if the dye rubs onto your skin.  I could spray  after they are dyed.

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tracidraw made it!(author)2010-11-15

My daughter always seems to get the food coloring on her hands and from my experience, the food dye dries really fast on skin...

I would suggest wearing aprons as a precaution ;)

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Dawnie524 made it!(author)2010-06-29

Awesome! I also used it to dye white rice which we used for mosaic pics! Fun!

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tracidraw made it!(author)2010-11-15

What a cool idea :D

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esdrak made it!(author)2010-09-21

What lovely photo!

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tracidraw made it!(author)2010-09-22

Thank you :D

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chinchymork made it!(author)2009-09-01

how would you like to be dyed! i didnt think so!

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tracidraw made it!(author)2009-09-03

I would love to be dyed, though I am already a beautiful shade of brown ;)

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chinchymork made it!(author)2009-09-03

haha i guess ! i would be blue !!!

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livelaughlovelax made it!(author)2009-08-25

Do you think you could eat them, or are they more for playing with? :) THANKS

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tracidraw made it!(author)2009-08-25

As long as you use vinegar you'll be able to eat them! Bon appétit

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mommy2alisa made it!(author)2009-05-19

Awe, Very cute pic!

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tracidraw made it!(author)2009-05-20

thanks!

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apple_1218 made it!(author)2009-04-15

Is the pasta eatable?

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tracidraw made it!(author)2009-04-15

Hello! The recipe that I have posted using white vinegar is edible. Bon appetit!

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theHPbee made it!(author)2008-12-30

Hi! I really liked dying pasta for some noodle-themed presents for my friends. However, I did have a problem with the coloring. The pasta that I have was so yellow, that it affected all the coloring. I'm bleaching some pasta as we speak, but I was wondering how you got such vibrant colors, without making some extremely soggy pasta. Thanks!

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-12-30

Hello!

That's cool that you're making gifts with these noodles. I would suggest using a higher food coloring ratio to vinegar. Try twice as many drops of food coloring to say, 1/2 of vinegar...

What are you bleaching the pasta with? Be careful with that and mixing vinegar or some other harsh solution...

Happy crafting,

Traci Hudson,

My House Boutique, "Where life is handmade and heart-loved."My House Boutique, "Where life is handmade and heart-loved."

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theHPbee made it!(author)2008-12-30

I had originally tried this with the rubbing alcohol. Is the vinegar an improvement or just to make it edible?

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-12-30

Vinegar is just to make it edible. Think Easter eggs :D Good luck!

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canida made it!(author)2008-09-30

Cool, that looks easy!

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-09-30

It's so easy! Have fun :)

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porcupinemamma made it!(author)2008-12-15

I wonder if setting the colours with vinegar would make the pasta safe for eating, or would the colours run in the boiling water? has anyone tried that?

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-12-15

We actually set the colors with vinegar at school and it did just as well! We didn't cook them, but I would think that if you let them sit for a while, it would be the same as a dyed Easter egg. Good luck! Traci

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mrs+dennis made it!(author)2008-10-03

is there something you could use to set the colour? or will it all run away eventually. everytime you play will it rub off or just the once?

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uniquelymehandcrafts made it!(author)2008-10-22

You may want to use vinegar instead of alcohol. That is used to set Easter egg colors. And then you could use a spray varnish to give them shine.

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-10-22

Vinegar is a great, and obvious idea! Why didn't I connect dyeing noodles with dyeing Easter eggs? As for the varnish, most sprays are toxic, but there is a non-toxic version that you paint on. It's used for furniture for dollhouses. Great idea!

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-10-03

What do you plan on using these noodles for?

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-10-03

Have you dyed the pasta yet? Make sure that you wait until the pasta is dried completely until you use it. The rubbing alcohol is the solvent that should set the color just fine...let me know and we can troubleshoot this. :) Traci

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I_am_Canadian made it!(author)2008-09-30

Can you cook them?

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garden+burger made it!(author)2008-09-30

no, it has rubbing alchohol

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carpespasm made it!(author)2008-09-30

I think it would be a good addition to note that these are not for eating. Not everyone knows isopropyl alcohol is terrible for you. It turns into formaldehyde when ingested for anyone who's curious.

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-09-30

Agreed, but ??? It's a craft project. The warning has been added

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carpespasm made it!(author)2008-09-30

I agree that the warning shouldn't be needed since it's in the craft section, but I could also see someone reading this, making noodles, and winding up mad because they got sick from it. The noodles are cool though. Maybe substituting a high-proof drinking alcohol instead and making rainbow pasta salad....

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-09-30

Now that would be cool...but for adults only ;)

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-09-30

I'm really not trying to poison anyone. Please, please use a little less than one teaspoon per baggie. I looked it up and if a kiddo happens to munch on a noodle, they should be fine--if a person consumes enough rubbing alcohol that they can swallow it, then we need to be concerned. Best and best, Traci

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carpespasm made it!(author)2008-09-30

Right and right. I would suspect that the amount needed here wouldn't cause any real damage. Heck it's probably less nastiness for you than the amount of formaldehyde in a diet cola that's gone bad (no joke) Just figured I'd point it out in the interest of overreacting to unlikely and probably not too dangerous scenarios. My bad.

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garden+burger made it!(author)2008-10-02

i know formaldehyde is bad for you but it is very tasty! :-D

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tracidraw made it!(author)2008-10-02

lol! Mmm...formaldehyde. (Kids, please do not try this at home.)

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garden+burger made it!(author)2008-10-04

i usually start my day with a nice big cup of formaldehyde

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