holiday how-to: making angel noodle ornaments

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)
Farfalle Pasta
Tubettini Pasta
Rigatoni pasta
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!
Paint brushes
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.

4. Let dry completely and then glue the heads to the bodies. Let those dry, perhaps overnight.

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!

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