To color the macaroni, I poured about 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol and a big squirt of food coloring into a Ziplock bag, added approximately 1 cup of macaroni, and shook it all up until every piece of macaroni was colored. I laid the bags flat for about an hour, flipped them over, and let them lay for about one more hour. Finally, I laid the macaroni out to dry for a couple of hours.
For the butterfly, I folded a piece of white sketchbook paper in half, cut out half a butterfly, and unfolded. I taped the butterfly to the table to help hold it in place, and then I squirted clear glue all over the butterfly. Baby Bear helped smooth the glue over the paper with a paint brush before adding the macaroni. I honestly wondered if he would have the patience to decorate the whole butterfly, but he loved it and covered the whole thing! I was also afraid he might try to eat the macaroni because he loves pasta, but he listened when I told him those were special noodles for doing art projects with, not for eating. He really had a lot of fun with this craft!
|Dudes wear shades while decorating butterflies.|
|The pacifier really sets off the look.|
|I better make sure theses pieces all stay on by adding extra glue on top!|