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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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria February 23, 2011 at 5:06 am

I’ve always wanted to try dying macaroni but wasn’t really sure what the best way to go about it would be. Thanks for this post. I think my boys would really love to do an activity like this!


Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids February 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

Too funny – we’re on vacation in the mountains for a week and this very activity is on the agenda for the afternoon. We did marshmallows and toothpicks (with a twist) Monday and painted snow yesterday. It’s so nice to have no obligations and just play :)


Aubrey February 26, 2011 at 7:56 am

Sounds like fun! I hope your vacation was great!


jojo February 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

tres original bravo bises jojo


elaine February 24, 2011 at 6:44 am

Does the color come off on their clothes or hands?


Aubrey February 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

As long as it’s dry the color doesn’t come off. It might if you get it wet again, but I didn’t have any problems.


Nicole February 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Today was a snow day for my boys (3yrs old, & 11yrs old) so no school. Unfortunately after the morning snow fun, it all melted and they were bummed. So I decided to make these noodles I saw on your blog. I LOVE THEM! They are so pretty!! I used two different types of noodles and they turned out fantastic. Now they can make a necklace, put them on pipe cleaners or glue them to paper. Our options are endless! Thank you for helping this Momma get through the snow day :)


Aubrey February 26, 2011 at 7:55 am

So happy I could help Nicole! Glad that it was a success!


Kathryn March 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I love this idea! It looks so much easier than what I did to make pasta necklaces and hand painting each noodle and it did not look uniform when done.

I don’t have little ones around any more, but will put this on my future to do list as it would be a great rainy day activity with future grandchildren. Thanks for sharing this with us:)


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