To make your own pasta beads, you will need uncooked pasta such as ziti, penne, wagon wheels, or macaroni, white vinegar, and some food coloring. To a glass bowl, add one large handful of pasta, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 4-5 drops of food coloring. Stir very well, and allow to dry on paper plates.
Next, take a few feet of yarn, and thread a yarn needle. You may want to tie a small knot around the needle to keep the yarn from coming out.
We let the cat play with some leftover yarn. He's big and fat and can use all the exercise he can get!