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Kool-Aid Dyed Pasta

Kool-Aid Dyed Pasta

So, what does one use Kool-Aid dyed pasta for? Well, this is an easy way to add a cool material to use for kids crafts, play jewelry, and sensory bins (to name a few).

How We Did It

Kool-Aid Dyed Pasta

Open your freezer bag nice and wide, and stand it up. First, add the cup of pasta (a step for my two-year-old, V). Next, add the packet of Kool-Aid (definitely a V step!). Lastly, add the tablespoon of rubbing alcohol (this was a mama step). Repeat this process for each desired color.

Kool-Aid Dyed Pasta
Seal the bag shut and shake, shake, shake it up (this can be a fun part in the process for the kids to do, too!) Let it sit for a good 15-20 minutes so the color gets nice & strong.
Kool-Aid Dyed Pasta

Pour the pasta out onto trays, and get the pasta as flat as it will go so that you can dry it overnight (or for at least 6-8 hours). I usually make little tin foil boats in the tray to separate the colors.

Once the pasta is dry, the pieces will be all clumped together; separate the pasta. If there are still wet sections once the pasta has been separated, allow for some more drying time.

And there you have it: an easy addition to your crafting materials!


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My child and I completed Kool-Aid Dyed Pasta.

posted by: Sarah on 1.21.2014

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I LOVE this idea, but it didn't work as well as I had hoped. After 3 days, the pasta is still a little sticky, and if it gets wet at all, the color comes off onto anything. We still made bracelets out of them for the holidays, but I wouldn't do it again.

posted by: Diane on 11.27.2013

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Is there an alternative to the rubbing alcohol? I worry about kids eating this.

posted by: Marcy on 11.25.2013

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Grammy helped us make the dyed pasta and it turned just like the picture! I bought some shoelaces for my almost 3 year old to use with the pasta. They are the perfect size for threading through the pasta.

posted by: Kari on 9.19.2013

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