Quick and Easy DIY Pasta Beads

Awesome DIY rainbow pasta bead recipe for art and crafts

Today I’m going to share a great recipe for making rainbow colored pasta beads.

I love making these beads because they are so versatile in the classroom. Not only are they great for arts and crafts, but they’re also great as math manipulatives and for fine-motor activities. They can be used in the same way you use a lot of your other math manipualtives on a daily basis. They also make great manipulatives for many of the activities in our seasonal math packs.

Here’s the recipe. It’s super easy I promise. Keep in mind that there are lots of kinds of pasta that make great beads, so have fun with a variety of shapes.



  • 2 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops food coloring
  • dry pasta


  1. Mix together the pasta with 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and three drops of food coloring.
  2. Drain the excess liquid and spread it out to dry on a cookie sheet.
  3. Tip: Make sure that the pasta doesn’t get too wet in the process or it will start to soften and stick together.

What’s your favorite teaching recipe? We’d love to try it out!

As always, happy teaching!

♥ Nicole

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