Kids Craft: Pasta Beads

Come in to Smashing Tomato on Monday night and you might see a table of children—drawing, painting, glueing, glittering, or sharing games. It’s not a private party. This table is open to everyone and anyone who wants to play (regardless of age). It’s KIDS NIGHT!

We love being a restaurant the whole family enjoys. On Mondays, parents get the night out and don’t even need to find a babysitter. Kids get to play during dinner. If you haven’t visited the kids’ table yet, we’d love to see you. In the meantime, here is a craft you can enjoy at home.


Beading is an activity that is suitable for a wide age range, and both boys and girls love to do it. If you don’t want to keep spending money on plastic beads from the store, let the kids help you make these colorful pasta beads. You probably have most of the items you need at home already.

What you need:
• Pasta
• Food coloring
• Alcohol


There are so many shapes and sizes of pasta from which to chose. I used ditalini, rigatoni, and super-cute stelline. Place your uncooked pasta in a glass bowl or jar (I used a drinking glass for a smaller amount of pasta). Add alcohol and stir to coat the pasta. A tablespoon should be enough for about a cup of pasta. I used rubbing alcohol, but if you prefer a food-safe alternative, try white vinegar or vodka. I like the rubbing alcohol because it allows the project to dry very quickly.

Add a few drops of food coloring to the wet pasta and stir. Add as much or as little color as you like, depending on the intensity you are aiming for.


Then, spread the dyed pasta on a cookie sheet to dry. Mine dried in a little less than an hour. Once dry, they are ready for stringing into necklaces and bracelets or glueing onto collages.


Comment below, or post pictures on our Facebook page if you try this out!

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