Making with Kids Your Own Colorful Macaroni Jewelry

Whenever I am out at events around the community, one question pops up over and over:

How do you make those bracelets?

Our famous colored macaroni bracelets are usually a hit with kids and parets alike–so much so that many have asked me if I have a copy of “the recipe.” 

Now, I have to confess, my crafting skills would make Martha Stewart weep in sorrow. Ok, I’m not THAT bad, but my skills aren’t great and my attention span can be a little fleeting at times, so easy crafts suit me best. I am thrilled to share my little secret. This is so easy, you won’t believe it. The measurements aren’t exact. You will figure out how much food coloring you need to get the colors you like and how much hand sanitzer to use

Here’s what you need.

  • 1 pound of boxed pasta (Rigatoni works best for smaller hands, but penne and ziti can also work. The diatini pasta is very small and looks like little beads
  • Large, resealable freezer bag
  • Food coloring (liquid works best, but we also used gel in our experiments. I’ve heard the Wilson cake food coloring is best, but it’s a little pricey for me)
  • 4 to 6 squirts Hand santizer (doesn’t matter what brand or if it’s scented or not)
  • Metal cookie sheet
  • Sheet of wax paper
  • Pipe cleaners or yarn

Here’s the process

  1. Open freezer bag
  2. Open box of pasta and dump into freezer bag
  3. Add at least 20 drops of food coloring–the more you use, the darker the color.
  4. Add 4 to 6 squirts of hand santizer to the bag. The more you use, the more diluted the color will be.
  5. Seal bag (VERY IMPORTANT to do this if you don’t want a mess!)
  6. Shake bag until all coloring is evenly spread onto all the pasta
  7. Lay bag with colored pasta flat on the wax paper covered cookie sheet. Let sit for 15 minutes to let color set in.
  8. After 15 minutes, open bag and spread colored pasta onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Let dry for 15-20 minutes

Now all you need is yarn, string or pipe cleaners to thread through the pasta.

Total cost for this project was under $10 and a pound of pasta goes a long way! We made 10 pounds of pasta for hundreds of people in under an hour. Lots of fun and not too messy, which is always good!


Source: / by Marie Rossiter