Thursday, June 12, 2008

Craft Ideas for Kids - Kids and Pasta

Craft Ideas for Kids – Kids and Pasta

Pasta is not just for tomato sauce. My kids loved pasta for many different art
projects. Next time you find a sale on pasta grab several varieties. Here are
just a few ideas of what kids can make with pasta.

Photo frames - We use either the bow tie pasta or the shell pasta. Start with
thick cardboard. I tend to use white so that we can add any color we want. Your
frame can either be circular or square. Cut out the frame, this is the actual
full size you’ll want at the end. Then cut out the middle to fit the size of the
photo you want to put in there.

Now decide if you want to spray paint the pasta or use food coloring. Gold
metallic spray paint looks great. We have also made various colors of pasta and
made rainbow frames.

If you want to turn your frame into a magnet, add some magnetic tape to the

Necklaces and Bracelets – Penne pasta and macaroni noodles make wonderful
necklaces and bracelets. I suggest using fishing line. It just doesn’t break. As
with the frames, you can use multiple colors of pasta by adding food dye or you
can spray paint the pasta, allow it to dry and then string the pasta onto your
fishing line.

Decorative Jars - Save empty jars. Then fill the jar with an assortment of
shapes and colors of pasta. These jars make pretty decorations for bathrooms,
bedrooms or even end tables.

Pipe Cleaner Figurines - Grab a pipe cleaner. Now arrange pasta on the pipe
cleaner to create people and animals. Mix and match shapes and sizes and then
bend to create almost anything.

Self Portraits - Use spaghetti and linguini. Boil just until soft. Then press
the pasta onto construction paper and into a self portrait. You can also create
landscape scenes using the soft long noodles.

These are just a few ideas of how to use pasta to create great art projects made
by kids.

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Article Written By: Audrey Okaneko is mom to two
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Liz said...

What a wonderful past time and very creative projects.

melanie said...

I love these ideas! I had never thought of the jar idea and I plan to try that. How fun!