Dyed Macaroni Necklaces Three Ways

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by Eileen Farley, A.C. Moore Craftlogist

Dyed Macaroni Necklaces Three Ways

Pasta jewelry is a staple of any mother-child relationship. But, let’s be honest, those macaroni necklaces are “dying” for a makeover. Try three techniques to make vibrant and bright-dyed pasta and add a little color to Mother’s Day, mom’s birthday, or just a rainy crafternoon.

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Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:an hour + dry time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Before you begin, choose a technique to dye the shaped pasta, then go on to create your new favorite necklace!
    Tempera Paint:
    Step A: Squeeze tempera paint into a freezer bag, add a small amount of water, and mix together.
    Step B: Place about a cup of pasta in the bag and let the air out as you close it. Move the pasta around to completely cover and let sit for about 15 minutes.
    Step C: Cut a corner off of the bag and pour the liquid out. Open the bag and place the pasta onto the saran wrap. Let dry for a few hours.
    Liquid Watercolor:
    Step A: Squeeze a generous amount of liquid watercolor paint into a freezer bag.
    Place about a cup of pasta in bag and let the air out as you close it. Move the pasta around to completely cover and let sit for about 15 minutes.
    Step C: Cut a corner off of the bag and pour the liquid out. Open the bag and place the pasta onto the plastic wrap. Let dry for a few hours.
    Tie Dye Powder:
    Step A: Squeeze a small amount of tie dye powder into a freezer bag, add a small amount of water, and mix together until powder is dissolved.
    Step B: Place about a cup of pasta into bag and let the air out as you close it. Move the pasta around to completely cover and let sit for about 15 minutes.
    Step C: Cut a corner off of the bag and pour the liquid out. Open the bag and place the pasta onto the plastic wrap. Let dry for a few hours.
  • 2
    Pom Pom and Pasta Necklace:
    Step A: Make some small pom poms with the yarn following the instructions on the package or by following the instructions on this project.
    Step B: Cut a one yard piece of yarn and thread with assorted colors of dyed pasta and pom poms.
    Step C: Tie a knot at the ends to create a necklace.
  • 3
    Paper Straws and Pasta Necklace:
    Step A: Cut 1” pieces of assorted paper straws.
    Step B: Cut a one yard piece of yarn and thread with assorted colors of dyed pasta and straw pieces.
    Step C: Tie a knot at the ends to create a necklace.
  • 4
    Wood Beads and Pasta Necklace:
    Step A: Paint dimensional paint designs on wood beads and let dry. Hint: paint one side, let dry, and then do the other side.
    Step B: Cut a one yard piece of yarn and thread with assorted colors of dyed pasta and wood beads.
    Step C: Tie a knot at the ends to create necklace.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:an hour + dry time

Project Supplies

  • •Pasta with Holes That Can Be Threaded on a Necklace
  • •Your Choice of Tempera Paint, Watercolor Paint or Tie Dye Powder
  • •Your Choice of Nicole Yarns, Dimensional Fabric Paints & 1/2" Wood Beads
  • •Paper Straws, Quart-Sized Freezer Bags, Clear Plastic Wrap, Wide-Eyed Needle, Scissors, Thread & Ruler
  • •Clover Pom Pom Maker (optional)