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Unicorn Hair Rainbow Pasta Edible & Sensory Craft | Create with Katie

Unicorn Hair Rainbow Pasta Edible & Sensory Craft | Create with Katie

Hello everyone, Katie here! I hope all of you are hanging in there while sheltering in place.

While I don't have kids yet, I will in about 7 - 9 weeks when my first baby is due. I know many of my friends and family have little ones running around, in need of activities to keep them busy.

My good friend Krystal shared this craft she did with her daughter and I thought I would try for myself, using our Cookie Countess Gel Colors.

This project is excellent because it is edible and great for sensory play!

Here's how to make your own Unicorn Hair Pasta at home.


  • 1 box of spaghetti (I used regular spaghetti, but you could substitute gluten-free or rice noodles)
  • About 1 cup of reserved pasta water
  • 3 One gallon zip-closure plastic bags
  • Food colors (I used Preppy PinkMermaid Teal & Positively Purple)
  • OPTIONAL: Pasta sauce or Alfredo Sauce (can be food colored as well)


boil the pasta and reserve 1 cup of water


Cook spaghetti according to the box instructions. Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside, and then drain the pasta. (do not rinse with water).

add food coloring and mix

Dye the Pasta

Divvy up the pasta into the 3-gallon zip-closure plastic bags.
One drop at a time, add your choice of food colors to each bag, along with a table spoon of the pasta water. This helps coat the pasta!

As long as the pasta is cool to the touch, kids can help mix the color around in the bag. It's fun sensory play for little ones!

You can make this as dark or as pastel as you'd like! I went a bit heavy-handed on her amount of gel color, but it is so pretty!

rainbow pasta diy

Eat, Play, or Both!

If you're using this for sensory play, you're all done! You can keep the pasta in the bags or take the pasta out of the bag for little hands to play with.

If you'd like to make this into a meal, add steamed veggies & sauce. If using with a cream sauce, like Alfredo sauce, you can add a few drops of Cookie Countess gel color as well.

What did you think of this craft? Feel free to tag us on social media to show us your craft using Cookie Countess products!

Stay safe!

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