Pasta necklaces- kitschy jewellery
If you are a mom, you know that your time is almost wholly taken up by your child – especially if the apple of your eye is very young. Once you run out of things to entertain her/him with, why don’t you try an activity that is mutually beneficial. This will keep the wee one entertained and the end result will be something you can show off at parties – especially those that have other mums in attendance!
We are talking about pasta necklaces. Incredibly easy to make and a vibrant and creative game option for your easily distracted little one, these necklaces might sound strange, but they look extremely kitschy. No they cannot be bought in stores because thankfully, this creative bit of jewellery is still only made by children or overzealous creative gals who are out to add a dash of quirky to their outfits. What you will need to make these are different pasta shapes – use the ones which are tubes of course, else you won’t be able to string them through and create the necklaces. You will need food colouring to colour the shapes into bright ‘beads’, rubbing alcohol, plastic zip-loc bags, paper towels and string or yarn – you can even use coloured nylon thread – they are strong and extremely durable.
If you want multicoloured ‘beads’ then separate the different shapes into different plastic zip-loc bags. Pour 3-4 drops of food colouring and a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol into the bags. Seal it and shake it so that all the pasta gets covered in the colour. Then, lay out the coated pasta shells onto trays lined with paper napkins and dry them completely – you can put them out into the sun to dry quicker but make sure the heat is not direct or very hot.
Cut out the length of string or yarn as desired – you can have different lengths for different colours – that will give you a beautiful multicoloured and multi layered necklace. The rest is easy – simply string the colourful pasta onto the string, tie a knot when you are done, and you are ready to go! You don’t need to go into the hassle of buying screws and hooks etc. though you can, if you want to make it more elaborate. Buy tiny beads and string the pasta alternately with them – pasta shell, bead, smaller bead, pasta shell – you get the drift. You can even be a bit more adventurous and string bow pasta together on a yarn – this will need a little more effort as this pasta is not tubed and you will have to make holes in the pasta before you can string them. They look pretty, especially if you colour them in metallic shades.
Wear these colourful loops around your neck and flaunt your child (or your) creativity at gatherings. Of course this is not solely restricted to a mom-child pair, this is a fun activity for the fashion conscious diva as well. Add glitter using glue, bits of decorative gems, rhinestones, whatever your heart desires and watch a few basic kitchen ingredients transform into haute couture jewellery! In fact, you can branch out into making bracelets, rings and earrings too!