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Monday, December 19, 2011


If you’re of a certain age, chances are back in kindergarten, Sunday school, or at a Brownie meeting you covered at least one cigar box with macaroni, probably as a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. And chances are, you haven’t thought about crafting with pasta since then, even if mom or dad still has that cherished box sitting on a shelf somewhere.

Well, get out the pasta because I’ve got some great Christmas ornaments you’re going to want to make. These are so easy, you can do them with your kids. The most time consuming part involves waiting for the glue to dry. 

All you need in the way of materials are miniature pasta wagon wheels, tacky glue, wax paper as a work surface, a toothpick for applying the glue, and some perle cotton or thin ribbon for hanging loops.

The ornaments shown are approximately 5” - 6”. You can make yours smaller if you’d like. These ornaments were created without patterns. You can also use large cookie cutters as templates. If you decide to use the cookie cutters, trace them onto a piece of paper. Place the paper underneath the wax paper. Arrange the pasta in horizontal rows to fit inside the drawn shapes. Glue pasta together as described below.

I like the natural look of the pasta, but you can also spray paint your pasta ornaments in gold, silver, or any other desired color.

1. Arrange the pasta into the desired shapes.

2. Squeeze a puddle of tack glue in one corner of the wax paper.

3. Working in horizontal rows, glue the pasta in each row together. Allow the individual rows to dry. When completely dry, glue the rows together.

4. When the ornaments are completely dry, tie perle cotton or ribbon through hole at top of each pasta wheel for hanging loop.


Kathy said...

Oh my goodness, I remember making pasta ornaments when I was a kid. I also remember storing them in the attic and when we took them out the following year we found that the attic mice found them very tasty.


Kathy, like bread dough ornaments, it's best to store these where critters can't get them. We keep all our Christmas ornaments in varmint-proof sealed plastic tubs.

Jane R said...

I made ornaments like this when I was in Campfire Girls. Even then, I realized that glue and I didn't get along very well. But it was fun to try and create ornaments... especially with a group of friends. Thanks for the memories!