Feature Friday- Fashionista Pasta Necklace

by Susan Myers on June 10, 2011

I love pasta.  But I’m on a diet, you see, so I really shouldn’t be eating a ton of it.  Which of course makes me think lovingly about it.  And it comes in so many shapes and sizes that a challenge came to mind.  Can I make something with it that totally does not look like pasta? So I eyeballed my box of Ditalini for a bit and came up with a plan.  A necklace made of pasta that even the most fashion forward might wear.  Pasta that doesn’t look like pasta.  An “anti-pasta”.  Get it?

For this project I used:
1 box of Ditalini pasta
Several boxes of easter egg dye*
*(If you don’t have easter egg dye, use liquid food coloring or paste food coloring) 
Vinegar
Acrylic Paint (silver)
Mod Podge (gloss)
skewers
string
large tapestry needle
I began by mixing up the egg dyes.  In order to get deep colors, I used several packs of color, adding one cup of water and 5 tablespoons vinegar.  If you are using liquid or paste food coloring, you can use this same formula.  Mixing colors? 
Red + Yellow = Orange
Blue + Red = Purple
Blue + Yellow = Green
Red + Blue + Yellow = Brown
I simply dropped a handful of pasta into the colorant, let it sit for a few moments and then removed it.  Of course the length of time you let it sit will determine the darkness of color, but you don’t want the pasta to do what pasta has a tendancy to do in water- become soft.  Because I mixed the colors so strong, it only took a few moments to get a good color.
I laid out the colored pasta on paper towels to dry.  This part of the project can get pretty messy.  Be careful with the colorant as it really can stain.  Also, at this point, the pasta is not edible.  I had to watch my dog carefully, because he has a thing for pasta.  Kinda like I do.

After your pasta totally dries (about an hour), you can now just hand it to the kids and let them put together necklaces to their hearts content.  Or, you can get all blingy and go to the next step!

I punched wooden skewers into an old piece of styrofoam to hold them and then put the pasta beads on them.  This is so that the next step is rather easy.

I then added bling by painting lines with silver acrylic paint.  For mine, I did three lines of silver down the sides of each skewered bead group.

It’s starting to look less and less like pasta!
I then added a good coat of Mod Podge in Gloss Lustre and allowed them to dry.

Remove the bead “sticks” from the skewers once they are dry and then snap the individual beads apart.

Pretty pasta!

Now use a tapestry needle and string to string your “beads”.  Once you have your work of art complete, knot the string and use the tapestry needle to run the loose ends back through the last few beads.

And there you have it!  Fashion forward jewelry that even my picky daughter would wear! 

Pretty cool, huh?  

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also like my Dough Bear Ornaments Tutorial.  Another kid friendly craft that takes food and turns it into something else entirely.  

Or if you want more ideas of what you can do with Easter egg dye, check out my Hand-dyeing Yarn Tutorial

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1 Lizzy March 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Hi
If you used hand sanatiser and food dye, you would only have to wait apx 5 mins for it to be dry and would make this project alot quicker.
Cheers
Liz

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2 Rhinestone Beagle June 23, 2011 at 2:11 am

I totally remember making these at summer camp. Thanks for linking up last week. Can't wait to see what you have for tomorrow.

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3 Becolorful June 20, 2011 at 4:39 am

I would love to have your head for just a day. You are incredible and these are really pretty. Clever you. Thanks for sharing your ingenuity on Motivated Monday. Anti-pasta. You crack me up.
Pam

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4 Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers June 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I love this idea! So cool! But I'm curious to know if the dye rubs off the "beads" when they're worn. Thanks for sharing

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5 Nidhi June 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Love this! This is the coolest idea for pasta ever (bsides eating it, of course :D)

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6 AmieAnn June 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

Another Amazing Suzy idea! I am going to have to do this iwth my daughter who just LOVES beading with pasta! Your necklaces look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing wtih the Pink Hippo Party!

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7 Handy Man, Crafty Woman June 19, 2011 at 3:52 am

How creative! Thanks for linking this to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

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8 {nifty thrifty things} June 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

That really is such a fun idea!! Love it!
Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
Hope to see you again this weekend!
xoxo,
Vanessa

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9 Allison {A Glimpse Inside} June 17, 2011 at 1:58 am

What a fabulous idea! I wouldn't have known that was pasta if you didn't say it! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

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10 Rebekah★All Thingz Related★ June 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm

That's awesome! I would have never guessed pasta! Too cool!

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11 Rachel R. June 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Gorgeous! Is egg dye not edible, though? Wouldn't the pasta still be edible at that state (pre-paint and -modpodge)?

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12 Mindie Hilton June 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I love this! I would have never guessd it was pasta.

I still can't believe our first party had over 300 links. I have a special give away planned for linkers this week.

Thanks for adding the bacon time party button to your list.

Let me know when you have that button ready for me and want to do your give away.

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13 Eileen June 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Great idea. I'd have never known it was pasta. They actually look like beads now.. Great job

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14 Jill June 14, 2011 at 12:01 am

I can't believe you made pasta look that fabulous!! Unbelievable!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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15 Sher June 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Unbelievable! I would have never guessed. It's so pretty.

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16 Dacia June 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Looks like lots of fun!

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17 Cindy June 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Who knew pasta could look so cute?

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18 creativejewishmom/sara June 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm

just lovely with the stripes and the mod podge! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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19 DM June 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

such a good idea !!! I mean, it doesn't look at all like pasta ..

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20 dollystar June 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

Surpreendente!!!!!!
Feliz week end, Dolly

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21 iram June 11, 2011 at 7:57 am

wow what a super cool idea but hey i have a hassle free idea just spray paint your past all together and you are done for jewllrey making no liquid color dips no mod podge layers :) sorry i am always looking for short cuts :)

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22 Sassy Sites! June 11, 2011 at 7:27 am

This is a great way to keep the kids busy this summer! Thanks for linking up at Sassy Sites for our ffa party! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!!

-Marni

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23 shopannies June 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

awesome look I remember doing something like this with the kids love that you made it into a artistic craft

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24 Johnnie June 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Love this idea! Stumbled you. Have a great weekend.

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25 s'mee June 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

LOVE the idea of adding a stripe of silver…gets my mind going in all kinds of directions!
You can also use very small amounts of rubbing alcohol to dye pasta in a ziplock, the colours are vibrant and they dry very fast! This video also uses a pipe cleaner for a kid safe needle.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKkg9tFftBc

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26 Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum June 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Neat! I just got a designer original pasta necklace from my son's preschool! Yours is super cute!

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27 chillin with Quillin June 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

what a cool idea, love it, I think all ages would love to wear them!!!
Paula

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28 blesid June 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

This is so much fun! I think that people of any age would love to not only make but wear these! Yummy and smart! You've inspired me today! jules

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29 Lanie June 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I would have never guessed this was a pasta necklace! Awesome!

I shared a link in my Inspiration Friday post today…. http://www.laniejandco.com/2011/06/inspiration-friday-61011.html

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30 Heather Bea June 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

Holy Smokes! That's amazing!!!

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31 Pinkytopia By Sabrina June 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

I love it!
"Anti-pasta" LOL Funny!
I can't wait to make with my kids :)

I'm new to blogging. My blog is about crafts,sewing,cooking, tutorials…
If you like to visit it will be great to have you :)

http://pinkytopiaboutique@blogspot.com

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