Dye Macaroni To Make Fun Necklaces and Snakes!

by Aubrey on February 23, 2011

Dyed Macaroni Necklace

It was my turn to teach preschool today on the letter M, and I had to include some fun crafts.  We did magic powder, which was of course a hit, and we also made what was supposed to be macaroni necklaces…

Dyed Macaroni Snake

…but the boys turned them into snakes.  :-)  This was my first time dyeing macaroni, but it definitely won’t be my last.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love food coloring?  I think I’m a little obsessed!  I’m pretty sure anything can be fun if you use food coloring.


  • noodles
  • rubbing alcohol
  • food coloring
  • bowls or zip-lock bags

Dye In Bowls

I began by measuring about 1/2 cup of alcohol into each bowl and then adding about 10-15 drops of food coloring until it was the color I wanted.

Macaroni In Dye

Then I dumped in the noodles and stirred them around until they were well coated with the food coloring.  Let them sit until they are the color you would like.  Of course the longer they sit the more colorful they will be.

Dyed Macaroni Drying

I then scooped them out with a slotted spoon and placed the noodles on paper towels (you could also use news paper) to dry.  It takes them a few hours to dry completely.

Kids Stringing Macaroni

After they dry, let your child thread them on some yarn to make a necklace or a snake.  That should keep them busy for awhile ;).

Helpful tip – Tie a crayon on one end of the string to keep the macaroni from coming off.

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