Craft: Stained Glass Pasta


You’ll need:

• Dry lasagne sheets
• Liquid watercolours or food colouring
• Rubbing alcohol or white vinegar
• Ziploc Bags
• Clear contact paper OR packing tape
• Painter’s tape or another tape to secure your “window” to your work surface
• Black sharpies
• Baking paper or aluminium foil

What to do:

1.  Break your lasagne noodles into pieces. There should be a variety of sizes.

2.  Colour your pasta. This will take about 15 minutes to colour and a few hours to dry.

a. Divide pasta into freezer bags using one bag for each colour.
b. Working with one bag at a time, add 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol/vinegar to the bag. Close the top and scrunch it around in your hands to distribute the alcohol.
c. Now add your food colouring to the bag. Again close the top and scrunch it around in your hands to distribute the colour.
d. Spread the dyed pasta out on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper or aluminium foil and let dry.

  • Cut out two matching sizes of clear contact paper. (We used overlapped packing tape.)
  • Remove the backing from one piece of contact paper and tape it your work surface using painter’s tape. The sticky side should be facing UP.
  • Place pieces of the coloured lasagne on the contact paper. They can custom break pieces as necessary. Leave at least 60mm gaps between the pieces.
  • Remove the backing from the second piece of contact paper and gently place it on top of the finished layout. Gently press down on the gaps with your fingertips to seal.
  • Using a wide tip sharpie, fill in the gap between the coloured pieces with black for a stained glass effect.


As published in Peninsula Kids Magazine – Autumn 2016


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