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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pasta Angel Ornaments

In case you missed my guest-post over at Under the Table and Dreaming, here it is! I'm showing you how to turn this...





...into these!



Pretty little Pasta Angels are cheap, easy, and you can eat the left-overs! This craft reminds me of Christmases when I was little- my mother would make these ornaments for our trees and as gifts for her friends. So fun! You will need a 20mm wooden bead for the head, Rigatone (the big tubes) for the dress, a wagon wheel for the collar on the dress, elbow macaroni for the arms, stars (Stelline) for decorating the dress, a bow-tie for the wings, and Ditaline for the hair.

First, hot-glue the wagon wheel to the tube. (Craft glue works too, but I'm impatient enough that I will put up with having to remove all the pesky hot-glue strings.)




Next, glue the head bead to the center of the wagon wheel.





Then attach the bow-tie to the back of your angel, just underneath the collar.  




Glue the elbow macaroni either to the sides of the dress or to the underside of the collar, whichever works best for your particular macaroni. Because mine were so twisty, I tried both ways and they both looked great.




For the hair, glue a row of Ditaline on the head-bead. In this picture, you can see that I have the holes in the Pasta facing sideways. I also made some with the holes of the curls facing frontwards. Both were cute!




Fill in the back of the head with curls.




Decorate the dress with stars! Here I put one star in the center of the collar and also used them as a trim.



Now the fun part! Seeing them turn white! To spray-paint them evenly, I jabbed some pencils and take-out chopsticks into the frozen ground and stuck the angels on top of them. They got shot with three coats of glossy white spray paint.




After they dry, use a fine-tipped permanent pen (I used a scrapbooking one) to draw their faces.




And there's lots of room for making them your own! If you like a demure all-white angel, you could run a ribbon through one of her curls and stop there. You would have something like this!




Or for a little extra sparkle, you could paint the stars gold (I did mine with a paint pen) and attach some gold seed beads strung on a wire to look like a halo.







And that's it! A fun and easy project that won't break the bank. And I have a budget for craft supplies, but when they come from the grocery store, you don't even have to count them, right?!

81 comments:

  1. Amazing! I can't believe these angels are made of pasta!!!

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    1. Hi Marta' that is my name too! I can't believe I found another Marta' interested in making Christmas Pasta Angels....your msg. is almost 2 years old...but here is another Marta' making a Christmas Pasta Angel for her friends....Well just wanted to say Hello and I hope your life is going great for you1

      Marta'

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    2. I am thinking of making these too. They are adorable and my name is Marta too!

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  2. Those little angels are just beautiful! I agree with Marta.....at first glance you would never think that they were pasta! Happy Holidays!

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  3. These are absolutely awesome and I can't wait to make them with my kids!

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  4. These are fantastic Jessica!!! I've heard of pasta angels...but never seen them before. I would have never guessed pasta! :)

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  5. Wow - these are cute! Such a smart idea! Amazingly gorgeous!

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  6. These are just beautiful and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the details! My girls would LOVE this.

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  7. These are too cute! Not your usual pasta ornaments, these are adorable!

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  8. These are lovely! Such inspiration and beautiful holiday decor! Great job here; I’m so glad I stumbled upon your post.

    Hugs
    cidinha

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  9. sweetie you are a crafting powerhouse! these are darlinh\g
    malia
    www.yesterdayontuesday.com

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  10. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  11. These are really sweet! I remember making the elementary version of these!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  12. Love, love, love them! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Oh how clever!! I love that little angel!! So cute!!!


    Would love for you to link up at Kids Get Crafty? It's every Wednesday over at Red Ted Art, current linky: http://www.redtedart.com/2010/12/01/kids-get-crafty-robots/

    Hope to see you there!

    Maggy

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  14. Oh my...these are SOOOO pretty and they look expensive, i thought they were porcelain when i first saw them..lol, such a cute idea and inexpensive..THANK YOU so much for the inspirations!

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  15. Those are so adorable! Thanks for sharing your cute idea :)

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  16. Oh my gosh so cute! You can't even tell it's pasta! Great job! I would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com/

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  17. So cute!!! I'm posting the link to you on my blog because I love this so much! :)

    www.deedsandpetunia.blogspot.com

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  18. Oh my goodness, these are great! I love them!!

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  19. Aw man, how cute is this?!?! :D This is too sweet! It looks like something fun to make, they came out so pretty! :)

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  20. These are just the cutest things EVER! I'm planning on getting the supplies first thing tomorrow and making a ton of these!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. Those are the cutest angels and so simple and cheap. Love them. Thanks for sharing your great idea.

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  22. Oh I just love these, what a great idea.
    Thanks for sharing. I am also a new follower.
    Tootles,
    Heather H

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  23. Oh my what a trip down memory lane! My great Aunt used to make those when I was younger. She used to sell them at the craft show at our church each Christmas. I can't believe I forgot about them. I think that would be a great thing to do with my daughter!

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  24. oh thank you for sharing this, we made these in Catholic school when I was a young girl, and I am going to make these with my daughter. Thanks so much!

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  25. Oh my goodness this is TOOOO CUTE! I just love it. And a great use for all the 80% empty boxes of pasta I have in the pantry!

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  26. DARLING! I can't believe they are pasta! Thanks for linking them up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

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  27. I share on my blog! http://www.stildirektoru.com/2010/12/ortaya-karsk-sec-begen-yap.html Hugs!

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  28. I'm so glad I found your blog with these angels on it...today I was at an Estate sale and sifting through the Christmas stuff I saw the cutest angel and realized it was made of pasta! I didn't buy it since it was half broken and then I regretted it after I left. I'll definitely be making these next Christmas. :)

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  29. I do volunteer work with kids and am always looking for neat projects. Thanks for a great idea. If we get started now, we might make it for Christmas!!!

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  30. I make a lot of handmade gifts. This will be my newest! Thanks so much for adding this to my list!

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  31. I love this. I actually have one that I bought a long time ago and always wanted to make it. Thanks for the instructions. I'm having a hard time finding the wagon wheels, any hints on where I might find them? Thanks

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  32. It would be nice to print these lovely angels for young friends who don't have a printer. You get all the pages of comments and at the price of ink, I just can't afford it.

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  33. Love these! Thanks for sharing Guess what my project is for today:)

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  34. love the pasta angels almost done making them a greaat gift for co workers

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  35. I live in New Zealand where in oour country will be the best ace to get the pastas as I have not seen them in the stores

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  36. By the way I think they are awesome we have just been making safety pin and bead angels but these are quite unique

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  37. I am a Girl Scout leader for 3 troops, girls K-5th grade. I remember making things out of pasta as a child. This will definately be one of the ornaments for this year for all the girls to make.

    Thank you for sharing these.

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  38. Jessica@CraftilyEverAfterDecember 1, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    I got all my pasta at the closest grocery store to my house, Fred Meyer, which is owned by Kroger. You can buy pasta online too though, if you can't find it in your local store! :)

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    1. I can't find the stars or the wagon wheels. Where do you go on line to get them?

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  39. Wow, wow, wow, I love pasta ornaments, and this angel is absolutely fabulous!!!! What a great work! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!! Superb!!!!

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  40. I'm the Craft Lady for our Church, & while in my kitchen I found a bow tie noodle sitting all alone in the cupboard. It made me think of Angel wings. Since my mind is ALWAYS looking for new craft ideas for the kids, that are Bible related, I immediately came to the computer & searched Angel ornament w/bow tie noodles.This is what popped up. I am SO going to make these this Sunday for our Jr. Church class. We need nifty ornament to give out free to guests at our upcoming Live Nativity here in PA. I may not be able to spray paint them, but they are neat either way. The Bible tells us that the Angels on the Day of Christ's birth were WARRIOR angels. That was interesting to learn, & it makes sense, because the fallen angels would've been working hard to try & prevent his birth & the people hearing the good news. Oh the spiritual wars that we can not see. People are going to adore these pasta angels. Thanx!!

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  41. I loved that pasta angels because I have never seen them before. They look easy to make with my friends. Thanks for the ideal.

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  42. I'll be having the ladies at church each buy one of the types of pasta, paint and ties and we'll be making these for our Christmas in July. :-)

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  43. To make this even more cost friendly, use small gumballs for the heads-paint over them and get the same effect

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  44. I made these at school as a gift to my parents when I was 8 years old (now 32) and I havent seen them since. THanks so much for sharing!

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  45. I was able to select just the instructions and copy and paste them into a Word document to keep from printing all of the comments. Hope this helps a few of you out. Just wanted to say I will be making these with our teen Ministry kids at church. These are too adorable and would be a great community service project for them to hand out at our local Rest Home. I can't wait to get started. Thanks for the instructions.

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  46. This actually resembles "Lenox" with the shiny white paint & gold trim!

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  47. Beautiful!
    thak you for sharing!
    http://elianeapkroker.blogspot.com.br/

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  48. lovely, relaxing to make and i might get money i really need for xmass, thanks so much for your generosity

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  49. I've finally collected all the pasta to make these beauties!! It's tough to find wagon wheels these days. But, my first angel turned out lovely! Thank you for this wonderful craft!! Here's my "Lil' Angel" :)
    http://instagram.com/p/Sy6qAbOPIs/

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  50. Is there anything else I could use other than the wagon wheels? I've looked in all the grocery stores in a 75 mile radius and no luck.

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    1. I had to order the wheels online. Their proper "pasta" name is rotelle. That is what I searched when ordering. You might be able to ask your local grocery store to order some, also. I did notice some Barilla fiori pasta yesterday at Walmart. It is shaped like a flower, and might work.

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  51. where can i get the wooden bead for head? i cant find anywhere

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  52. Wow, its so amazing,,
    beautiful tutorial...
    Love this project..thanks for the idea..

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  53. This a wonderful idea...I would like to know how to family and friends how to store them... Please Sue

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  54. gorgeous little things, yet another thing i have to make.

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  60. Many years ago my elderly aunt made these pasta angels for us. On her way to deliver them to all her nieces, one angel broke her wing. No one wanted that one....except me. She has been with me for at least 20 years now and I enjoy putting her on my tree every year remembering how she was made with so much love.(And aren't we all angels with broken wings at some point in our lives?)

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  61. Love them. I will make them for this Christmas.

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  62. Received one of these years ago. Though I went onto make some of my own... she's still my favorite with her alphabet hair!!

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  63. I just made 10 of them! I really like them. I made them gold and silver and I used the conchiglioni because I could not find the wheel. Still adorable. Thanks for the brilliant idea!

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  64. The hot glue did not work well for me. Any suggestions?

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  65. so cute but why do all these angels have their hair in curlers?

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  66. I made the heads out of salt dough, so saved some money and did not have to look and look to find balls. Use 1 cup salt 1 cup water and 2 cups flour. Mix and roll into small balls. Place on cookie sheet and bake 225 degree for 2 1/2 hrs. After dry paint. NOTE: Cut recipe in half or in fourths as it makes a lot.

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  67. Oh your so clever, I am a knitter but Ive just been rummaging amongst my pasta cupboard to see what I can make with your fantastic tutorial, Thank you for sharing xxx

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  68. I was given two of these Angels about 40 yrs ago from a patient of my father. I keep them next to my bed. I have looked for directions for yrs !!!!!! You have made my Christmas !!!!!!!!
    Thank you. Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  69. I just found these. I am going to make them this weekend with my great grandchildren. So cute.

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