Flowers are almost a requirement for Mother’s Day. With this fun craft you won’t have to worry about them not lasting.
You will need rubbing alcohol, food coloring, chenille stems, styrofoam ball (or floral arranging piece), paint, zipper sandwich bags, and Fiori style pasta – they look like little flowers.
Dye the pasta by adding 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 15 drops of food coloring, and pasta into a zipper bag. You can have your kids massage the bag and make sure the pasta gets coated really well.
I let the pasta sit in the food coloring for a few hours. Then I lined a cookie sheet with paper towels and placed the pasta on it to dry. I let the pasta dry overnight. It was the easiest way to make sure the kids didn’t mess with it and I could put it in a well ventilated area.
I while the kids kneaded the pasta, I cut the styrofoam balls in half and got some paint. I had them paint their half whatever color they wanted. They had a lot of fun. I let the paint dry overnight along with the pasta.
I cut the chenille stems in varying lengths. I had the kids thread the stem through the flower-shaped pasta piece. Only have the stem go through it by about an inch. Bend that end over and twist it to the longer part.
I gave each of the kids a bundle of stems and had them put the stems into the ball halves. The result was as individual as each of the children. It was BEAUTIFUL!
Now you have a gorgeous floral arrangement, centerpiece, desk decoration, or dresser ornament. And it will never wilt.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.
For a lot of crafts, especially making pasta jewelry dyeing plain pasta is a great way to make it more exciting , and prettier. Also let’s face it if our kids are going to make us a necklace and expect us to wear it, we may as well choose the colors!
This is an adults only activity- the one time I did it with kids many many years ago, I had some very angry parents , their kid’s faces and clothes were red, purple and yellow for days. Live and learn!
- Gather your materials. You will need some water, white vinegar , food coloring , some bowls, pasta and paper towel.
- Put a little water ( I put about 2 table spoons) in your bowls and some food coloring in it. Add about a tablespoon of vinegar .
- Add Pasta- you just want to coat it, don’t let it soak long enough to get at all soft.
- Transfer the pasta to paper towel , mine is 4 layers deep. Stir them a bit on the paper so they don’t dry stuck to the paper towel. Let dry for 24 hours before using it for a craft. Also I like to test it for colorfastness before making anything, just in case .
- Oh and you might want to wear gloves, even after 10 years of doing thins I forget, and look! This is after 4 hand washings!
*** The same process can be used for rice too!