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How to Paint Pasta with Kids

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Are you ready to learn how to paint pasta? This is a super easy craft idea to get the kids involved with. They can actually paint the pasta with this “less mess” technique then use it in a wide variety of craft ideas. I have one idea for you below with a free printable and so many more listed as well. That way you can paint all of the pasta for a few days worth of craft projects. You can even use your leftover paint for some clay pots!

Learn how to paint pasta to make crafts with kids the no mess way! This easy technique will have you making all of the pasta crafts! #pasta #kidscraft #kids #pastacrafts #easycrafts

How to Paint Pasta

First, we are going to paint the pasta itself. Then, you can scroll down further to get the craft ideas to use with the pasta once it is dry.

Supplies needed:

  • Testors Craft paint
  • Zip topped bags
  • Pasta (any size or shape)
  • Paper (butcher, parchment, or waxed paper)
  • Wood skewer or other disposable stick
what you need to paint pasta

No Mess Pasta Painting

I did promise it would be “less mess” right? It is just about no mess and the kids can even help. The secret is those zip topped bags. You can actually watch me paint the pasta and make the craft project in the video below.

Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? Follow along with the instructions below and you can even print them if you need to.

kids painting pasta

Painted Pasta Kids Craft

Once you learn this method for painting pasta, you will never do it another way!

Print Pin Rate

2 hours 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Author: Angie Holden


  • Testors craft paint
  • Zip topped bags
  • Pasta any size or shape
  • Paper butcher, parchment, or waxed will work
  • Skewer or other disposable wood stick

Once you have painted your pasta, you can use it for all sorts of craft ideas. I have one completed project along with several ideas for you below.

Ideas for Crafts with Painted Pasta

Now that you know how easy it is to paint pasta, you might be left with a ton of it for craft projects. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • String for necklaces or bracelets
  • Add to pictures with glue for “hair”
  • Fill in various pictures with the pasta
  • Make a color wheel
  • Glue to the top of a box for a fun gift container
  • Make napkin rings
  • Glue around a picture frame

I did want to give you one idea in this post to get you started. I made number printables one to six in different colors. Paint the pasta that color then have the kids glue it onto a number. This teaches colors, numbers, and even dexterity. Ready to get started? Sign up for our newsletter below to get the free printables.

Once you have your download, print onto regular copy paper or even white card stock.

painted pasta craft idea

Then just add on any glue. School glue works great! The kids can definitely do this as there is no “wrong way” to do it.

adding glue to free number printable

Just add the pasta to the glue on the number in any way you wish.

making pasta numbers

Once you have filled in the number, allow the glue to dry and then put your painted pasta art on the fridge!

painted pasta art

Let the kids continue with each of the numbers or come up with even more pictures you can print to use this same technique.

paint pasta with kids

Now that you know how to paint pasta, what will you make with your kids? There are so many options with this craft and I love that it is super inexpensive.

pasta painting with kids

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