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How to dye macaroni pasta with vinegar and food colouring

Have you ever tried making dyed macaroni? I've seen people make pretty cool DIY macaroni necklaces on Pinterest and I have always wanted to do the same. So I experimented with acrylic paint on macaroni but the result was uneven surface and I wasn't too comfortable having painted pasta around my toddler's neck. So when I learned that you can actually use vinegar and food colouring to dye macaroni, I thought I try this out.

The result is more natural colouring, and it's a lot safer for my toddler to play with. I'm not sure why but the colour red was harder to dye than blue or yellow. I needed a lot more drops of food colouring and longer soaking time. It could also have to do with the type of pasta I used. I find that the smaller pasta types are easier to absorb colours.


  • Empty Jar

  • 1 Cup Water

  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar

  • Food Colouring

  • Pasta of Your Choice

Step 1 - Mix water and vinegar in a jar.

Step 2 - Pour in pasta and add drops of food colouring.

Step 3 - Soak the pasta for minimum 20 minutes, depending on how dark you want the colour to be.

Step 4 - Drain pasta and let it dry on top of a parchment paper.

Once the pasta is completely dry, have fun crafting! My daughter and I made necklaces, flower vase, crown and also used them to make a nice mosaic artwork.

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