Use that leftover Easter egg dye!

I stole this from another blogger but since I feel that I’ve greatly improved over their suggestions, I feel OK with writing my own post about it. 

I am super excited about making super-easy sensory pieces — and you can too! (Even if you don’t have left over egg dye.)

What you’ll need:

  • Dry, uncooked pasta (whatever shapes you desire)
  • Leftover Easter egg dye and/or various food colorings (I found I needed the extra food coloring anyway)
  • White vinegar
  • Cookie sheets or other metal tray
  • Several bowls or pans for soaking the pasta
  • Paper towels
  • Optional: wax or parchment paper


  1. Turn your oven to the “keep warm” setting if you have one or set it to 200 degrees.
  2. If using leftover egg dye, pour each color into separate bowls. Likely, you won’t have enough to put much pasta in and be completely covered. To this end, proceed to the next step…
  3. Add 1-2 extra inches of vinegar to each bowl, depending on how much pasta you’d like to dye at one time. 
  4. Squirt a generous amount of extra food coloring as desired and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add portions of pasta to each. Do not add more than can be completely covered by the liquid. 
  6. Let sit for 12-20 minutes, depending on the depth of color desired.
  7. Meanwhile, lay a thick layer of paper towels on each cookie sheet. 
  8. When each soaking is complete, remove pasta with a slotted spoon onto the paper towels. Let sit until initial moisture soaks into towels. Keep each color separate until completely dry to prevent bleeding.
  9. Here’s where I divert from what I did. I left the pasta on the paper towels and put them in the oven but they dried and partially stuck to the paper towels. I recommend instead moving the damp pasta to another sheet with wax or parchment paper and finish the drying there.
  10. Put the sheet into the oven until dry (about 20 mins). Optionally you can let them air dry but it will take much longer. 
  11. Store as desired and let your kids enjoy!

Henry had a great time sorting the pieces into the colors yesterday… I look forward to many more activities with these sensory objects!


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Hi, I'm Lauren. Mommy to two, nanny to two, wife, teacher, homemaker, Catholic, artist, writer, friend, sister, daughter. Here you'll find everything from updates about our family, info and advice about parenting and homemaking, or pretty much anything else I feel like writing. Welcome!