How to Make Macaroni Bead Necklaces

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Making macaroni necklaces is a great rainy day activity.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape
  • Food Coloring
  • Salad Macaroni
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Small Plastic Containers With Lids
  • String
  • Cookie sheets
  • Color uncooked salad macaroni. See "How to Color Macaroni Beads."

  • Cut a piece of string to the length you want your necklace to be.

  • Wrap one end of the string with tape to make it easier to string the macaroni beads.

  • Slide the first piece of macaroni all the way to the end of the string and tie a knot around it to keep other macaroni beads from sliding off the end.

  • Continue stringing macaroni beads until the string is full.

  • Tie the ends of the string together to make a necklace.

  • Have several different colors of macaroni on hand so your child can make patterned necklaces. Patterning is a great activity for preparing children to learn math.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have other items on hand to string with the macaroni beads, such as buttons, sequins, plastic beads, cereal loops or candy with a hole in the middle.
  • Try a variety of macaroni shapes. Macaroni with larger holes is easier for young children to string.
  • Use elastic string to make wrist and ankle bracelets.
  • Store colored macaroni in small, plastic containers with lids.
  • Once macaroni has been colored, it is no longer edible. Warn children not to put it in their mouths.
  • Raw macaroni is a choking hazard for very young children.

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