Grab the kids and make a Neon Macaroni Necklace! It’s a fun and easy party activity kids love to make. They’re a great party favor too!
Kid’s parties can be so much fun, but they are also tons of work for us parents! In order to keep the kids entertained, and avoid the dreadful “I’m bored”, we have to think ahead and plan fun activities. An age appropriate craft is one of the best ways to make sure that the kids are engaged and having fun! For my son’s recent 7th birthday party, I had them craft up a cool Neon Macaroni Necklace. The boys loved the bright neon colors! It’s great for both girls and boys and with a little ahead of time prep, the kids can make it quickly and without a mess.
Uncooked pasta (Penne or Macaroni, straight from the box)
Neon craft paint in assorted colors
As much as 24 hours ahead of time, paint the pasta in a variety of colors; squirt some paint into a sandwich bag and place the Penne in it, seal the bag and shake it well. Lay the pasta out in a single layer on wax paper and allow to dry overnight.
Place the pasta in a bowl either separated by color, or all together. When the kids arrive, cut the yarn out in equal pieces, one for each child. Tie a thick knot on one end (or have them do it if old enough) and have the kids string the pasta through. I’d suggest to have them repeat the same pattern of each one in order to avoid any competition.
Our strings were long enough to string 17 pieces of colorful pasta, so the kids counted each and then had me tie the knot at the end. If you have more kids, less pasta, or just for the heck of it, these can be made into pretty bracelets or even anklets as well!
The kids at our party loved making these necklaces, and it kept them occupied long enough so I could do a little party clean-up. It was a win-win!
Neon Macaroni Necklaces aren’t just for parties, your kids can make them anytime!
What activities do your kids enjoy at parties?
Elizabeth Rieth says
I’d like to make this necklace for a little neighbor but I wish I could find out if the paint will run or transfer onto clothing if it gets wet! Does anyone know? Thank you!
Sarah O says
I’ve always wanted to know how to color pasta! My daughter really wants to make these, thanks for the fun craft Barbara!
You’re so welcome–have fun painting macaroni with your daughter!