Sunday, February 20, 2011

N is for Noode Necklaces!


We made Noodle Necklaces for N Week!



Check out the pretty colours!



And to think I could have used these way back when I was trying to find big sized beads for little toddler hands to start learning about threading beads on a string, I could have just made these when my Butterfly was younger!


So wanna know how to dye raw noodles?


Apparently the secret is Rubbing Alcohol!  Who knew?!





The Alcohol is a liquid that helps the food colouring spread to dye the noodles, but it doesn't break down the noodle fibers like water does, so the raw noodles stay in tact!  Plus, the rubbing alcohol dries fast, so it doesn't keep the noodles wet for very long!  Just enough to dry that colour on!




 I put some rubbing alcohol and food dye in a baggie, threw in the noodes, zipped it shut, and then tossed around and around to coat those noodles well!


 
 I then emptied the bag's contents onto a paper towel in the sink, to drain the liquid off.  (Change to a new paper towel each time you change to a new colour, same with the baggie, colours spread together easily- great for colour mixing if you want!)


I then used my metal tongs to pick up the noodles and placed them on a pan laid with wax paper, to dry.



 It really didn't take long to dry.






 Give your munchkins some string and let them be jewelry-makers!

(I taped the end of the string with masking tape to make the end more manageable to thread for toddler and preschool age.)







16 comments:

  1. This is a fabulous idea, my three year old will love this! Thank you!

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  2. Super! Thank you!!

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  3. Stopping by from We Play. I have not dyed noodles yet, but I love how vibrant your colors turned out! Great job! Kerri

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  4. Stopping over from Childhood 101...these are so colorful! I wish my boys would like doing things like this - I might wear one!

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  5. OOoohh!! I always wondered what the trick was to dying uncooked pasta! Thank you! Both my 2 and 4yr olds will love this :-)

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  6. That is awesome. We actually made noodle necklaces today, but it was very spur of the moment, so they weren't colored. Thanks for the tutorial. You should link this up with Fun for Kids Friday. www.localfunforkids.com

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  7. I love this! You just gave me a great craft project for the weekend! Thanks ;)

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  8. Omgosh this is awesome! I'm so trying it with my girls- We tried to paint noodles once and that was pretty tricky. And I love the colors they came out.

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  9. Wow! Cool! My 3 yr old will love it! So Colorful!

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  10. Brilliant! I can totally see my son digging this - he won't care if it's jewellry ;)

    Thanks for linking up with my blog for Fledgling Friday!

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  11. I see the comment where momma Robin said her son won't care it it's jewelry. Well I thought you could also make pictures with the noodles on colored poster board, since the noodles are larger and they might be to heavy for regular paper. My six yr. old granddaughter is quite the artist and she can visualize a picture in her mind then she creates it. Anyway, just thought I'd pass this information along also for those who don't want to make a necklace. You'd be surprised how much creativity kids have in their little minds.

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  12. I found this on Pinterest and had to give it a try. My little ones loved it! Thanks for the inspiration!
    I've linked back to this post in my blog post about the fun we had with this, you're welcome to check it out.
    http://weplay2learn.blogspot.com/2013/05/2-ways-to-play-with-rainbow-rigatoni.html

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  13. I am doing this today for my church toddlers, but I have a question. How did you get your colors so bright? My purples turned burgundy, and my blues turned green, my pinks turned orange. The only color that turned out bright was yellow. I used the food coloring gel for icing and probably a couple tablespoons of alcohol. any suggestions?

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    1. Hi Melissa! I used the food colouring liquid and added drops of colour to the alcohol. Maybe it's the gel colouring that doesn't work?

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  14. Hi Where do get the rubbing alcohol from?

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    1. Just from a pharmacy or the pharmacy section in a store :)

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