Friday, April 9, 2010

Colored Pistachio Shells and Pasta: Craft of the Week - Part 1

My children dyed eggs after Easter this year, on Wednesday, to be exact.  They were occupied telling the story of the Resurrection with their Resurrection egg sets for most of Easter weekend.  I was busy procuring and preparing what we would eat for Easter dinner.

I thought it would be fun to use the leftover egg dye to color some pistachio shells.  My kids got in on the dyeing and colored some pistachio shells and pasta as well.  We discovered that the pistachio shells absorb more color when they are left to soak for a few hours.  Dyeing pasta, however, requires only a few minutes.  One should avoid leaving pasta in the dye for too long or it may turn to mush (as some of ours did).

We let the dyed shells and pasta dry overnight.  Today the gluing can begin!  We are planning to make flower pictures (to frame with twigs) and floral napkin rings.  Other creations may arise spontaneously as we go along.  These projects can be cheerful additions to our spring decor and might become gifts for Mother's Day and/or May Day.  I intend to post our results as part 2 tomorrow.
 Starting to arrange some pieces (pre-glue)

Are you planning to do any spring projects this month?


Angie's Ad Lib said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I LOVE this idea of coloring the shells and pasta. We didn't get to egg coloring this year, but the Pas box is lying on the buffet table waiting to be used. After our weekend away, I might just share your blog with my girls and break out the pasta for some craftiness! Yay!

Alicia said...

Aw, looks like a fun day!

Stacey said...

How fun! Never knew you could dye pasta and shells!

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thecoolmom said...

What a great idea. My kiddos would have a blast doing this. Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

Neat idea! We'll have to try that.

Ashley said...

What a great craft idea! I'll have to keep my eyes open for clearanced dye this week!