CRAFTING: Holiday Pasta Wreath & Pasta Snowflakes

Pasta WreathHo ho ho, the holiday season is upon us!  Yay!  …or Yay?

Last weekend, I had a holiday list of to-do’s, but because it’s not a real holiday season unless you procrastinate and put things off until the last minute, I decided to forgo online shopping, baking cookies, wrapping gifts, etc. in exchange for spending some time…drumroll please…crafting!

Okay, don’t lose me here.

Pre-baby, pre-blog, and maybe even pre-career, I owned a Martha Stewart hat.  No, not literally, although I can only imagine what type of “good thing” Martha would drum up if she actually made and sold Martha hats.  But I digress. Yes, long before I became a working momma, I considered myself decently crafty, and this was before the time of Pinterest, thank you very much.  Oh, the spare time I used to have, to just paint or hot glue something on a whim.  I suddenly got the urge to dust off my crafty hat and give it a go once again this past weekend.

So I embarked on this crafty adventure, bought wayyyyy more pasta than a carb-loading runner the day before a marathon, and voila!  Pasta wreath!  The pasta wreath takes quite a few hours —  I may have logged 8 hours in total (or more), but that included some creative rearranging and brainstorming.  Along the way, I started playing around, and boom!  Pasta snowflakes!  If you want the easier project, I suggest the pasta snowflakes, which are pretty easy to craft in an hour or two.  For a delicate and much more time consuming task, tackle the wreath.  Either way, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy these are, and it’s something the kids can get involved in too!

Total cost:  Pasta Wreath – less than $20, Pasta Snowflakes (6) – less than $7.  Hello!

PASTA WREATH (approximately 8 hours, depending on the amount of detail applied)

What you’ll need:

  • approximately 18″ round wreath form/frame, either foam or wood fiber
  • 3 standard size packages of dry pasta noodles (I used cavatappi, swirls, and large shells)
  • 3 storage bags, gallon size
  • 1 oz bottle of food color (your choice of color)
  • approximately 3 Tbsp rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • wax/parchment paper
  • wire (wreath wire or any hanging wire)
  • tacky glue
  • glitter acrylic paint (gold or silver)
  • small paintbrush

Pasta Wreath Instructions:Pasta Wreath Flower

1. Dye the pasta:  Pour the contents of each pasta package into separate gallon bags.  Add 1 Tbsp. of rubbing alcohol or vodka.  Add 1/2 tsp food color (more or less, depending on the shade of color you want).  Seal the bag and shake to coat and dye the pasta.  Spread dyed pasta onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper and allow to dry.

2. Tie wire onto the wreath to create your hook.  It’s important to do this now, before you glue pasta onto the wreath form.

3. Glue the dyed pasta around the wreath to achieve the pattern you want.  I started by making two rows of alternating cavatappi & penne, to create a solid foundation around the wreath.  I then put a single row on top, to add some depth.  I think the wreath looked good this way, but I went ahead and added a row of large shells on the inside and outside of the circle, to make the wreath wider.

4. Create the added touch of pasta flowers:  Take 5 large pasta shells and paint the inside with glitter acrylic paint and allow to dry.  Once dry, arrange the 5 shells in a circle to resemble a flower and glue together.  Repeat to make as many flowers as desired.  Arrange the flowers on the wreath and glue.

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Pasta Snowflake

PASTA SNOWFLAKES (approximately 2 hours)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 standard size package of dry penne pasta
  • 1 storage bag, gallon size
  • 1/2 to 2 tsp food color (your choice of color)
  • approximately 1-2 Tbsp rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • wax/parchment paper
  • tacky glue
  • red string
  • glitter acrylic paint (gold or silver)
  • small paintbrush

Pasta Snowflake Instructions:

1. Dye the pasta:  Pour the penne pasta into the storage bag.  Add 1 Tbsp. of rubbing alcohol or vodka.  Add 1/2 tsp food color (more or less, depending on the shade of color you want).  Seal the bag and shake to coat and dye the pasta.  Spread dyed pasta onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper and allow to dry.pasta snowflakes

2. Assemble the base of the pasta snowflakes:  Start by gluing the tips of two pieces of penne together to form an arrow.  Repeat to make five arrows.  There are two ways to tackle the snowflake from here:  1) You can then continue to make arrows to create 5 snowflake “arms” of 5 arrows each (25 arrows); or 2) you can start with just 5 arrows, glue those side by side to create the center of the snowflake, and then build up each arm of the snowflake by adding single pieces of penne to each arm, one-by-one.  IMPORTANT:  Before gluing the last arrow of the final snowflake arm, loop in a piece of red string and tie.

3. Add dimension to the pasta snowflakes:  Once your base is established (and the glue has dried!), the pasta snowflake is still delicate and slightly pliable.  Add dimension, and strength, to the pasta snowflake by adding additional pieces of penne to the front and back of the snowflakes.  This is where you can get creative, adding pieces where you want them.

4. Add some shine:  Use the small paintbrush to paint thin coats of glitter paint on the snowflake for accent.

I hope you give one of these projects a try.  Let me know how it goes!



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