The other day my resourceful husband, who’s also an extremely hands-on dad, saw a link on our local Baristanet site that gave instructions on how to make noodle ornaments — cute little angels made from different kinds of noodles to hang on your tree or give as gifts. Apparently it’s a Swedish tradition, but in our house, noodles are always on the menu du jour. We had most of what we needed already in our cabinets: Glue, a Sharpie, paint brushes, string, farfalle, elbows, rigatoni. A trip to Michael’s and we got the rest of the supplies — wooden beads, white gloss paint, metallic scrapbook paper.
This project took several days to complete and is a little tricky, even for nimble fingers. You have to be patient and wait for the glue to dry before adding the next element. Also, the dry pasta is extremely fragile; we crushed a couple just picking them up too carelessly. Still, it was fun to see our little choir singers come to live. This week we’re giving them out as gifts to all those we want to say a special thanks to.
Here is the step-by-step for Noodle Angel Ornaments:
What You Need:
Macaroni elbow pasta (note: make sure they are not the curly kind)
Wooden craft beads 3/4″
Craft/wood glue or hot glue gun (we used both and the glue fun works better)
White gloss- spray paint — be warned: it’s stinky!
Metallic scrapbook paper
A fine black sharpie
1. Glue the noodles together to form angels. Make the head and body separately. We started with rigatoni body and the farfalle wings.
2. Next, glue on the tubettini to the wooden balls. Spread the glue over one side of the wooden ball and place the pasta around its crown and back of head. Leave the hole on top empty for your string. We went back and filled in blank spaces with extra “hair.”
3. While the heads are drying, add the elbow arms to the body.
5. Spray paint the angels white — in the basement or somewhere where you won’t fill house with fumes. Let dry overnight.
6. Glue gun folded pieces of paper — about 3/4″ x 1/2″ — to the arms.
7. Draw on the angels’ faces with the sharpie to draw on your angel’s face.
8. Glue a loop of string in the hole at the top of the head.
7. Let dry and hang on your tree.
Do you have a favorite holiday craft? I’d love to hear about it!
We’re clearly big believers in holiday-themed decor, but we might have to draw the line at a Halloween-themed shower curtain. But a spooky black cat wrap around towel? Where’s the adult size?! Those of us with little ones know the beauty of wrap bath towels. Sometimes the only thing that can lure your water-wrinkled tot out of the tub is the promise of being draped in a costume-like towel. This lovely black cat towel will make every day Halloween. And after all, isn’t that the point? On sale for $15 at kohls.com.
We spotted a few great ideas in the Houzz home tour of Brian Gibb and photographer Misty Keasler, a creative Texas couple who have figured out how to have little ones and show off their love of quirky art. The one we loved the most is putting a screen door on a kid’s room. As anyone who has ever tried to get a little one to sleep knows, sometimes the lights go off, sometimes they stay on. Sometimes the door is closed, sometimes it stays open a crack. In our house, this latter option never works, because our puppy Cupcake takes that as invitation to enter, and he doesn’t go to sleep quite as early as our girl. Solution? Interior screen door. Pretty wooden ones like the one in the photo above are available at Home Depot. They’re affordable, lightweight, and paintable. What’s best is that they allow you to keep the room contained — no unwelcome pets or siblings wondering in — while allowing light and air to circulate. Genius!
What do you think: Would you install an interior screen door anywhere in your house? Kid’s room? A home office?
When we bought our house there was a ping pong table in the attic. It was assembled up there and the only way to get it down was to saw it in half. I knew we had to remove it make use of the potential third floor space, but I was sad to see it go. Something about table tennis brings out the kid in me. I always wanted a table of my own and was jealous of kids who had them in their basements. That is why I’m so excited by the Umbra’s Pongo Portable Ping Pong set. It turns any smooth surface into a ping pong table — no mounting required. Its weighted net can be propped up on any table up to 72″ — anywhere you may want to have an impromptu match! Designed by Stephan Copeland, it comes with ping pong paddles with retractable handles, portable net, two ping pong balls (though you know you’ll want more) and drawstring pouch for storage and transport. Available at umbra.com, $40.00.
I had been reading about Todd Oldham’s new craft kits at Target on some of my favorite moms’ blogs, and finally decided to pick one up the other day for Isadora and me to try. They’re by his new line, called Kid Made Modern, and I think I’m in love. True, you could hit up Michael’s and piece these kits together on your own, but the Kid Made Modern ones save you time, come with cool ideas, and are packaged so smartly you’ll want to save the box to make something else. We picked up a DIY board book kit, and even though the age on the front said six years and up, our four year old had no problem getting the hang of it. I stayed close to assist in any scissoring that needed to be done, but we quickly created two books on our own. Inside the kit is fun sticky paper in sparkly and photo patterns. You can cut out a night sky, clouds, crazy, woodland creatures… anything that floats your boat. It also as a set of markers and three blank board books. The price was $15, and the fun lasted a couple of days. I’m definitely going to make this our go-to kids birthday gift now. What’s not to love about them!