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, 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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    60 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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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    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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


    8 years ago on Step 8

    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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    Reply 8 years ago on Step 8


    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.



    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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    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 ;)