Pasta Necklaces

I know this is a classic preschooler activity, but I did not realize how much Emily would enjoy making these pasta necklaces! She was excited about every step, and loved wearing her necklaces around the house for the rest of the day.

To make your own pasta beads, you will need uncooked pasta such as ziti, penne, wagon wheels, or macaroni, white vinegar, and some food coloring. To a glass bowl, add one large handful of pasta, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 4-5 drops of food coloring. Stir very well, and allow to dry on paper plates.
Once the pasta is dry, place in an empty egg carton or muffin tin for stringing.
Next, take a few feet of yarn, and thread a yarn needle. You may want to tie a small knot around the needle to keep the yarn from coming out.
We let the cat play with some leftover yarn. He’s big and fat and can use all the exercise he can get!
Thread the beads through, and make your necklace.
Wear and enjoy!


  1. We made a necklace and bracelet set a couple weeks ago using pipecleaners. Meghan still wears hers almost daily. 🙂

  2. Jenny Henny says

    We did this yesterday!

  3. Seriously — did you used to run a preschool? I think you’ve covered all the various activities my kids have done at ECFE (early childhood and family education) and preschool. You are a rock star mom!

  4. Very pretty 🙂

  5. Val in the Rose Garden says

    That is SO much fun! I love how you dyed the pasta… what a great idea.

    Hey, I was going through my blog archives and thought you would like this:

    Hope you are having a beautiful Wed!


  6. You guys made some great colors!! She looks so happy…you seem like a fun mommy! 😉

  7. That is such a fun project. Those colors are great. My youngest will love doing this with those great colors.

    Thanks for sharing and have a terrific weekend.

  8. Holly@MotherIsNotConcerned says

    I have been wanting to do pasta necklaces. Thanks for the coloring instructions!

  9. What a great project. We always do this near thanksgiving and discuss the pilgrims and indians. Thanks for sharing.

  10. @ jennwa — Emily is a big fan of bright colors, very bright orange in particular. I think that is why she enjoyed this so much!

  11. @ Holly (mother is not concerned) — You are very welcome! Please let me know how they turn out!

    @ Sanders — You’re welcome and thanks for stopping by!

  12. I used to make these when I was little. I need to bring them back into my home!!! Thanks for the idea and the memories!

  13. TwoHeartsTogether says

    Love the great tutorial the colors are so bright, thank you for sharing your ideas
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  14. Thanks for this blog! We just dyed some pasta for my daughters 3rd birthday on monday. She will have a little friend over and they will make those necklaces.
    It was already fun dyeing them. Though I was hoping for a nice purple, but I don't get a purple. And pink is not possible either.