Noodle Beads

As I’ve written about before, my Mack is a force to be reckoned with.  He needs to keep busy or else he’s causing trouble.  When I saw a recipe on Pinterest for beads made out of pasta I knew it would be a fun activity for us to do together.  He and I had the whole morning together yesterday, and I thought it would be a good time to make some homemade beads for craft projects.

After getting him excited about the project, I realized I didn’t really have everything called for in the original recipe.  Time to improvise!  I didn’t have rubbing alcohol – Ketel One to the rescue! I avoid plastic ziploc bags – reusable containers saved the day! I adjusted the instructions to work for us, and it worked out great.

This was the perfect activity for an almost 3 year old.  Mack and I had a lovely time making the beads, and when Evie came home from school we all had fun stringing necklaces and bracelets and crowns.  Even little Vivian couldn’t contain her curiosity!

Homemade Noodle Beads

3 cups dry pasta (I used ditalini, but rotini would work, too)

6 tablespoons vodka

food coloring

Place 2 tablespoons vodka in three separate containers.  Add 10-15 drops food coloring.  Put the tops on and shake until the booze and color are well mixed.

Pour in pasta, put the top back on, and shake well.  Drain the boozy pasta through a small colander.

Spread onto three foil lined baking sheets.  Let the pasta dry for at least 2 hours.  Store in an airtight container.


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