Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty - iVillage

Pasta is good to eat and good for crafting! Dried pasta of every shape and size is the starting point for creativity. October is National Pasta Month, a great time to celebrate with the kids by eating your favorite pasta dish while wearing handmade pasta necklaces and bracelets.

What you'll need:

  • Uncooked dried pasta with holes (ziti, tubettini, wagon wheels, etc.)
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Plastic disposable container with tight-fitting cover
  • Old newspapers
  • Clear nail polish
  • Masking tape
  • Ribbon, yarn, shoelaces, twine, elastic thread or pipe cleaners
  • Optional: beads

What you'll do:

To add fun color to pasta, combine two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol with one tablespoon of food coloring in a plastic container. Add about one cup of dried pasta, cover and shake until pasta is evenly colored. Spread the colored pasta on sheets of newspaper to dry.

For more durability, coat each piece of pasta with clear nail polish.

When the pasta is thoroughly dry, select your stringing material and tie a knot around one piece of pasta to serve as an "anchor." To make a "point" for easier threading, wrap a piece of masking tape around the other end of the string.

Then start stringing the colored pasta, interspersing with beads, if desired. Bracelets work best with elastic thread.

Kids don't want jewelry? String the colored pasta onto pipe cleaners and bend them together to create pasta animals and other objects.

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