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This post first appeared on the Mod and Mint blog.
We’re going old school with a vintage-inspired craft. Today we’re making Pasta Noodle Christmas Trees for your holiday home decor.
It’s fun and easy to do. You can definitely get the kids involved with making these holiday decorations together.
Check your pantry and collect all the dry, raw pasta noodle shapes you can find. You can make these trees with just one type of pasta if that’s all you have. No problem, use only macaroni or small pasta shells, or nothing else but farfalle bow ties.
You can also pick up a box of assorted craft pasta noodles. They come in a 1 lb box in a variety of colors. Great to make multi-colored trees!
- Paint your cone in the color you want your tree to be. (If you use spray paint, skip this step and move on to step 2.) Let dry.
- Apply glue to the first pasta piece and stick it on the bottom of the cone. Push a little and hold in place until it sticks. Place the next piece right next to it. Continue all around the cone.
- In the design of your choice, add a new row of pasta shapes above the last one. No worries if you see small bits of glue in between the pasta at this point. Continue until the cone is covered. Let the glue dry completely.
- For the trees in these pictures, I used regular acrylic craft paint applied with a small brush. If brushing the paint on, make sure to get in between all the nooks and crannies, so no pasta color is showing.
A double coat is advisable. To save time, you can also choose to spray paint the trees.
Storage tip: When storing the Pasta Christmas trees, place them in a plastic ziplock bag. If a piece of pasta does happen to fall off in between Christmas seasons, you will be able to easily find it and glue it back on.
If you paint these in white, they almost look like porcelain trees. Pasta Porcelain!
Enjoyed this project? You might also like the post on how to make cute pine cone Christmas elves. Easy to make and the complete tutorial shows you exactly how to do it.