I've decided that I need a crafting partner, er, I mean, I've decided that I want to encourage BB's creative side, so last night I dyed some adorable little ditalini pasta. The next time we're looking for something to do, we're going to make his girlfriends bracelets. If there's any left over (he has a lot of girlfriends), we might make mosaics (aka glue it to a piece of paper).
I'm really excited about how the first batch of dying came out. I stuck with the ditalini pasta this time around, but next time I might add some rigatoni or penne to the mix.
Here's how you, too, can dye pasta:
* Put assorted pasta in a zip-top freezer bag.
* Add 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol.
* Add several drops of food coloring.
* Seal and shake.
* Let pasta sit in bag for at least 30 minutes.
* Spread on wax paper and allow to dry overnight.
Rumor is, you can use colored pasta in salads, but the rubbing alcohol makes me nervous. The 'recipe' I found says it evaporates; it also says not to use water because that'll make the pasta soggy. And, finally, it says using white pasta is better than yellow because the colors will be truer. I used yellow pasta and the colors turned out pretty true to me.