Painting Pasta to Thread

August 27, 2013

Painting pasta to thread - this was so much fun and the cool fluro pasta made great necklaces!

There are a few ways to colour pasta so that you can play or create with it, but I needed a quick and instant activity so I decided to let my kids colour the pasta themselves and we gave painting pasta a try.

Turns out this was one of those magical activities that everyone loves, from the nine year olds to the three year old!

You’ll Need:

  • Tubular pasta of any size as long as it can be threaded.
  • Water colour paints – we used these cool fluro tempera blocks given to us by Micador.
  • Paint brushes
  • Water to wash your brush.
  • Art smocks/ Aprons and something to cover your work surface.

I set all four kids up on the dining table, dumped some pasta in some bowls and let them lose!

Painting pasta to thread - easy art for everyone!

The nine year olds painted stripes and fancy colour co-ordinated patterns, the six year old loved the way the paint swam down the ridges on the pasta and swirled the colours together, and the three year old just painted, and painted and painted.

Painting pasta to thread - easy art for everyone!

You need to be a little light on with the paint so the pasta doesn’t get too soggy, then spread it out and leave it to dry over night.

Painting pasta to thread - this was so much fun and the cool fluro pasta made great necklaces!

Once the pasta is dry it is time to thread with it!

Painting pasta to thread - this was so much fun and the cool fluro pasta made great necklaces!

Then just put on your super trendy fluro pasta necklace and you’re ready for anything!

Painting pasta to thread - this was so much fun and the cool fluro pasta made great necklaces!

Sometimes it really is the simplest activities that turn out the best. This was so much fun and the results were so cool! I am in love with all the colour combinations and may have snapped 20 gazillion photos of all that glorious colour and then proudly wore my necklace to school pick up!

Have you ever worn a kid-made accessory out in public?


{disclosure: We were given some art supplies to try from Micador. I was not obligated to write this post nor compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are purely my own.}

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile August 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

What a brilliant idea! Can’t wait to use this in my classroom! What crafty little kids you have!!!


Stephanie @ Twodaloo August 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

This is such a great idea! We are totally doing this. Thanks for the inspiration!


Ana August 30, 2013 at 12:24 am

Love, love, love the color of these! I am the same way with pics, I take about a gazillion and then have to narrow it down to just a few….such a difficult task. The color of the necklaces is so “photogenic”!


Jode@mummymusingsandmayhem September 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

Absolutely love this idea Kate…was just thinking I didn’t have any pasta dyed and the girls really wanted to do some threading….never thought of letting them paint it!! Going to be giving it a go today with some new paints from Micador!


Debs September 25, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Ok, this has made me want to get the tempera paints out! The fluro ones! haha. I can’t believe they turned out so well on pasta! Nice one!


Cassi September 28, 2013 at 5:12 am

Such beautiful colors! I just posted about this on The Crafty Crow :)


Deebi27 September 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

Love the colors, questions…will the paint rub off on clothing? Think to spray a sealer on the pasta before threading?

And YES, I wear all sorts of child’s art in public!


katepickle September 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm

We didn’t have any problem with colour coming off, but it probably would after a while so maybe a quick spray with hair spray would do the trick?


gardênia dantas October 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

Essa ideia é otima! Já fiz com minha turminha na escola, mas primeiro tingi o macarrão com anilina comestivel, assim não corremos o risco das crianças colorarem na boca um produto toxico. Elas adoraram a atividade.


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