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Pasta Ornament Christmas Tree

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Pasta crafts and activities are a favorite of ours. My daughter & I love working with the different types of pasta. All of the assorted shapes and sizes offer so many possibilities.

Painted pasta ornaments make the perfect decoration for this adorable Christmas tree craft. Holiday and winter arts and crafts for kids.

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One of our favorite crafts was a fall tree craft using pasta shells. This was a huge hit with my daughter. Moving into the holiday season, I thought that we could do another pasta tree craft, this time with a Christmas theme.

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20 Pasta Crafts For Kids

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20 Pasta Crafts

I am sure that it is no surprise to my readers that I love pasta crafts. They are my favorite. As I have told you before, I have more pasta boxes set aside for crafting than I do for cooking. Here are 20 fun pasta crafts that you can do with your kids.

Pasta Love Bug

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Pasta Skeleton

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Pasta Shell Sunflower

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Spaghetti Fireworks

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Pasta Shell Monster

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Pasta Shell Easter Bunny

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Pasta Shell Autumn Trees

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Pasta Baby Bundles

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Pasta Sailboat

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Pasta Shell Snails

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Pasta Shell Fish

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Pasta & Pipe Cleaner Apple

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Pasta Butterflies

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Pasta Shell Footballs

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Pasta Wiggly Snakes

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Pasta Stegosaurus

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Pasta Wind Chime

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Pasta Ants

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Pasta Wreath

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Pasta Minions

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Pasta Shell Autumn Crafts

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Pasta Shell Autumn Leaves. Fun Fall Crafts For Kids

With our house on the market & all of the recent showings, I had to pack up the majority of my craft supplies & store them until our move. Sadly, one of my favorite crafting materials had to be packed away. Ten boxes of different varieties of pasta were boxed up & tucked safely away in our POD.  I have missed our pasta crafts. It had been too long, so I dug out one box to make a couple of fall themed crafts,

Earlier in the summer I had made a tree with pasta shells.

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A reader suggested that we do this craft again in the fall & use fall colors. I told her that it was a great idea & I would definitely do so. Last night, true to my word, we did just that.

Pasta Shell Autumn Tree

To color your pasta you can put the pasta shells in a baggie with a few squirts of paint & shake them up. If you are like my daughter, you may paint each one of your pieces. We did both. We painted red, orange, brown, yellow & green shells. Lay the pasta shells out on wax paper to dry.

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Cut out a tree with bare branches.

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Glue the dry pasta around the tree.

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We colored too many brown shells & had a lot left over, so we used them for one more quick craft.

Pasta & Play Dough Pine Cone

We had a small baggie of homemade play dough left over.

Mold play dough or clay it into a pine cone shape like shown.

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Press brown colored pasta shells into the bottom of the fatter end of your dough.

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Place the dough down on a flat surface on the shell side. It should stand on its own. Press the shells into the dough all the way around starting from the bottom & working your way up.

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Pasta Shell Pine Cone Craft - Fun fall crafts for kids

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Pasta Shell Footballs

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Pasta Shell Football Craft

Next week starts football pre-season. While I don’t actually care for football (see my post ‘A Football Widow’s Rant’), my husband does & so does my daughter. She watched her first game at only one week old. I am not actually sure if it is the game that she enjoys or the fact that she gets to cuddle up with her father & eat chips & dip.

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With football season quickly approaching, I thought that a football craft was essential.

As you all know, I am a huge fan of making pasta crafts. I especially love working with jumbo shells. They were perfect for what I had in mind.

Pasta Shell Footballs

This is an easy & quick craft. All you will need is jumbo pasta shells & brown & white paint.

Directions:

Paint the jumbo pasta shells in brown & let them dry.

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Use a skinny paint brush to paint white lines on the shells & give the appearance of a football.

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Let your little footballs dry.

I thought Mai did a great job on her football. She painted in her lines very carefully.

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I painted a football field for our tiny pasta footballs to sit on. Mai wanted to make pasta football players too. Maybe another day little girl.

Football Pasta Shell Craft

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Pasta Ants & Pasta Tree Crafts

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Pasta Ant Crafts

My daughter likes to play different characters on a daily basis. Some days she is her favorite cartoon characters, such as Joy from ‘Inside Out’ or Elsa from ‘Frozen’, but most days she like to pretend that she is different baby animals. For the past few days we have been a whole family of ants. She even insisted that she had to wear a black tutu because ants wear black tutus of course. When our post dinner craft time came, it only made sense that baby ant & mama ant made some pasta ants to join our little ant family.

Hot glue 3 pasta shells together side by side as shown. (Adults should operate glue gun)

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Glue pasta elbows to the sides to form legs.

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Add a couple of short strands of spaghetti to the head for antennae.

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Paint your little pasta ants in your favorite ant color. Let it dry.

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Add googly eyes to finish off your ants.

Pasta Ant Crafts

Mai set aside a bowl of food for her ants. They were very hungry.

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She continued to paint shells & told me that she was making leaves to cover her ant babies. That lead us into craft #2. We painted a handful of shells in green. We let them dry.

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Since it was so late we went to bed & picked up our craft the next day. I cut a tree trunk out of construction paper & glued it to a piece of paper. I gave my daughter the shells & some glue and let her fill up her tree.

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She scattered her shells all around the branches & then set her project aside to let dry.

Pasta Shell Tree Craft

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Wiggly Pasta Snakes

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Wiggly Pasta Snakes

My daughter loves creepy crawly creatures. Yesterday, we had a family photo shoot with a photographer in a nearby field. There was a snake slithering through the field where our photos were being taken. While the rest of us tried our best to avoid the snake, my daughter went towards it. “I want to see the snake.” “I like snakes”, she told the photographer. She does like snakes… a lot.

If you have a child that likes snakes as much as mine does, here is a fun craft & fine motor skill activity.

Wiggly Pasta Snakes

String & alternate ziti & ditalini pasta onto a pipe cleaner. Leave about an inch off on each side.

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String on about 6 ditalini to the tail end. Use hot glue to secure on the end. (Hot glue should be used by an adult.)

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Glue a pasta shell to the other end for the head.

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Paint your snake & let it dry.

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Cut a tongue out of foam or construction paper & glue it to the shell.

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Add googly eyes to complete your snake.

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Patriotic Wind Chimes

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We are getting ready for the Fourth of July & are already feeling patriotic in our house.

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We have been enjoying making our red, white & blue crafts and learning a little bit about the holiday as we go. We have already made a few for the inside of our house, today we decided to make a craft for the outside as well.

Patriotic Pasta Wind Chimes

Color your pasta by shaking in a baggie with red & then white paints or food coloring. Lay in a single layer on wax paper to dry.

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Poke holes into a paper bowl.

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Paint the bowl blue & let dry.

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Cut stars out of white foam.

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Glue around the bowl making sure not to cover the holes.

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Pull yarn or string through your holes.

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Gather the string on the top & tie off.

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String the colored pasta onto the yarn that is under the bowl. This is a great fine motor skill activity for your child. Knot at the bottom once you reach your desired length. Use hot glue to secure the knot in place so that it doesn’t unravel. (Hot glue should be operated by an adult)

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Hang it outside & enjoy.

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Dinosaurs Crafts

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Footprint T-Rex - tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur craft

 

Our daughter loves to character play. Almost daily she takes on a new role to play & she likes to assign roles to us as well. For the past two days she has been a baby T-Rex. She has been roaming around the house roaring & stomping her little dinosaur feet. I decided to use those little dinosaur feet to make a T-Rex craft for our baby tyrannosaurus.

I painted her foot in 2 different shades of green & added a few black spot to her feet.

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We pressed it onto a sheet of white paper & let it dry.

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I drew in the tail, arms, legs, jaw, eye & teeth to form our dinosaur.

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When we were done, she wanted to make another craft. “More dinosaurs!” It has been a while since we made a pasta craft. She wanted to make them out of pasta shells. We made a stegosaurus with our pasta.

We started with rigatoni for the legs. I used a glue gun to glue two pieces of rigatoni together for each pair of legs. (Adults should operate the glue gun.)

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Choose a jumbo shell with well folded in edges on both sides.

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Glue both sets of legs to the bottom of the shell.

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Glue a medium size shell into one end of the jumbo shell.

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Glue a piece of ziti into the opposite opening on the jumbo shell.

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Add a bead of hot glue down the spine & add the elbow macaroni to form the spines.

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Let the kids paint them in the colors of their choice & then let dry.

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Add googly eyes to finish off your cute little dinosaurs.

Pasta Stegosaurus Dinosaur Craft

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