~Different shaped noodles
~Plastic 'sandwich' Ziploc baggies
~Food coloring (lots of it)
~White vinegar (About 2 cups)
~Large garbage bag or tarp
I am going to a step by step instruction with this. It is quite simple. Take some noodles, like 12-15 larger noodles (large bow tie noodles) in one bag, and take a handful of smaller noodles put them in their own separate bag. Put a good amount of vinegar in the bags, don't fill it up, or drown the noodles, but enough to coat all the noodles with some left over. In each separate bag, squeeze food coloring in the bags (10-15 drops... or more if you want a deep color). I used up a whole bottle of blue today.
Shake the bags, and make sure that the noodles are all evenly coated. I let them sit in their bags for about 30 minutes. I drained the food coloring/vinegar mixture out of the bags into the sink (be careful! it splatters) and pour the pasta onto paper towels to let the pasta dry. Place the paper towels that hold the noodles on a tarp or a garbage bag. Put them in a place that they can dry.
The food coloring on the bags made a really cool picture.
I did the colors purple, red, blue, green, and orange.
The purple turned out to be black though... that was a little sad.
With pasta dying, there are lots of things that can be done afterward. If you dyed them safely, you can eat them. I haven't tested if the color comes off when they are boiled... I really hope the color stays. I am having doubts.
Most people make pasta noodle jewelry, or they glue it to a picture frame or ornament. I wanted to be able to eat it. That's why I did it with vinegar. I may just change my mind and use it for tomorrow's Earth Day projects. On Sundays, my cousins come over. Since Earth Day is on Monday, I thought it would be fun to celebrate Earth Day tomorrow. I have tons of projects and crafts lined up. Tons of fun desserts and activities. It is going to be a blast. I am definitely going to post it on the blog. I will do some fun stuff on Monday, actual Earth Day, but tomorrow is when I am going to make the crafts out of recycled things, and that may be a place for my noodles. That might actually be the perfect place for my noodles.
It was a pretty fun project for me. They are almost dry! It takes a while for them to dry. I would wait 12 hours before doing things with the noodles. Make sure you wear latex gloves while they are still wet!
I think they look beautiful!