Monday, January 25, 2010

Christmas in January...Sweet Pasta Angel!

Can you believe Christmas was a month ago?!  Wow, that seemed to fly.  I don't know about you, but I seemed to find all sorts of wonderful and creative craft ideas in blogworld in the month of December!  In fact, it seemed the closer we got to Christmas, the more creative ideas I found.  There were sooooo many things I wanted to try...just simply not enough time.  Well, I may have come up with a plan...
I'm going to take some of those ideas I saw in December and create them all throughout the year.  My plan is to feature one every month on the 25th.  So while it might look a little strange to see ornaments in April, July or September, think of how many things you could have finished by Christmas!  What do you think?   
I want to start with a simple pasta angel.  I've seen many variations, but it's always the same basic idea.  Here are the materials I used:

In addition, you will need tacky glue and your embellishments of choice (hot glue helps, too).
Start with one of the wooden beads (I used 3/4").  Take your ribbon (I used narrow, wired silver).  Cut a piece approximately 5 inches lin length and fold it half.  Feed through the holes in the bead.  Tie a knot.  (This is your loop for hanging the ornament.)   

Feed the lower part of the knot down through a rigatoni noodle.  Run a bead of glue around one end and attach where head comes to rest. 

Now it's time for the bow tie pasta, oops...I mean wings!  Glue them onto the rigatoni, up near the angel's head.
Your angel needs some arms! You will need 2 pieces of macaroni.  Run a bead of glue along one side of each piece and affix them as indicated. 
Now, she'll need some hair.  I found this tiny little star pasta.  You could use rice, grits, cous-cous or any other very small pasta.  Pour a small amount into a shallow container.

Spread a layer of glue on the angel's head, in the approximate shape of her hairline (avoiding the hole on top of the bead where the loop will come through).  Affix pasta. 
By now, your angel should look something like this.  From here, there are all sorts of variations.  I've seen them painted gold, silver, soft white or not painted at all.  I've seen them with faces and without.  I've seen them holding stars, tiny silk rosebuds, tiny songbooks, and even an upside-down tack to simulate a candle! 
When trying to decide what to use for my angel, I ran across these in my button tin.  I thought...perfect!
Glue the embellishment of your choice in between the macaroni.
Oh, and one last thing...her halo!  (Found in the wedding section of the craft store.)   
There you have it!  This would be a really wonderful craft to do with older children. I'd love to hear if you give it a try.  Watch for the next ornament on February 25th! 
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Cottage Cozy said...

That is sooo sweet!

Debbie said...

How cute and creative!

Lea said...

I've never seen these before!
SAWEET! You're so clever!
Weren't we just talkin bout noodles last week? heeheehaahaahoohoo
I'll be watching for the next ornament!
Blessings my friend!

LisaShaw said...

Hi Sweetie,

Thanks for sharing this! So cute and a neat idea!

I can't believe it's almost the end of January. Where is the time going? It was just Christmas. It was just Thanksgiving. It was just Summer....(SMILE).

Love you much.

Diana said...

Great little craft!!

Suzanne said...

So cleaver and darned cute! And you could have a pasta dinner with the left overs. Sweet!

Kristi said...

She is beautiful! What a great idea.

Happy@Home said...

I think you have a wonderful idea. Like you, I saw some cute, crafty ideas that I wanted to try before Christmas, but never had the chance. This is a great way to try them at a less hectic pace. Your tutorial is very nice and the end product is simply adorable.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Neat. I would be tempted to eat my angel wings, arms, body. Yes, that's right. I do eat raw pasta. Never fails, whenever I make pasta always eat a small handful munching while making.

Crazy. I don't know why I do that.

Room to Inspire said...

Very sweet and very creative!


Anonymous said...

What a fun idea! I am a firm believer that if I started planning, etc. way early, I'd be able to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas SOOOO much more. Love this!

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

What a great idea to feature one Holiday idea a month. I will be coming back to see.
I love the little pasta angels. Have never seen those before, but they will make a great craft for my granddaughters. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Also, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a cute little angel! The touches you added made her even cuter. My granddaughters will love to create angels in a year or so. Thank you for sharing the easy steps and showing us your completed project. Looking forward to the next creation that you do.

Style Sisters said...

Very cute idea.

Tricia said...

That is soooo cute! I am wanting to do lots of stuff for advent next year, this is something the boys could make and would love doing! Thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to see what else you share!


Heather@ said...

That lil angel is just adorable!

Please feel free to add these to Talented Tuesdays at My Frugal Family!

Kathy S. said...

Super cute Tracy, I have on from a Sunday School student from awhile back. It is sprayed a metalic gold. I love the heart on the front of yours!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

That is just sooo cute, love the "hair."

Sonja @ Craft-Werk said...

such a cool idea, using pasta to make decorations that are actually cute!!! Bookmarked for Xmas 2010!

Kristin said...

That's adorable! I'm definitely going to dig this up for Christmas this year! :D