How to make Pasta Angels
This pasta angel is made from pasta shapes and a wooden ball. Add paint, facial features and a star and make a masterpiece. All instructions are included here.
This was our family Christmas craft for 2008. We liked the idea and ran with it creating lots of different expressions and personalities for the angels. We made about 15 pasta angels and gave these hand-made-with-love gifts to neighbors, family and friends. It's easy to set up an assembly line and mass produce them.
Pasta Angel Chorus
Materials and Tools
Rigatoni pasta (angel body) see note below
Bowtie pasta (wings)
Elbow pasta (arms)
3/4 inch wooden balls (head), solid or with hole*
Ultra fine point permanent markers
Fine point permanent markers the color of hair
Embellishing stars (or other embellishments)
1/8" wide ribbon (optional for hanging as ornaments)
*(if you are making the angels as ornaments, choose wooden balls with holes in the center)
Note: Different pasta brands sell different sizes of rigatoni. Look for a size that is 1/2" in diameter and about 1 1/4" long. Usually store brands are the right size (name brands tend to be smaller).
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Small paint brush
These are the exact products I use to make Pasta Angels
Nothing is better than a fresh pack of Sharpies. Note that these are the Ultra Fine Point markers. There are plenty of good colors in this pack. You'll need the Ultra Fine markers for marking the hair outline and the facial features.
Note that these are the Fine Point markers. These are good for filling in the hair.
Conductor leads singers
1. Hot glue a wooden ball to one end of a rigatoni pasta. Choose a piece of rigatoni that will stand up good and straight. Working quickly, squeeze glue onto one end of the pasta and glue on the wooden ball. Center the hole if there is one.
2. Using a small dot of hot glue, glue the elbow pasta (2 pieces) onto rigatoni. When the elbow pasta pieces are glued in place, add a little more hot glue to keep them secure. The "arms" can break off and need a little extra glue for support.
3. Glue bowtie pasta "wings" onto rigatoni. Glue bowtie about 1/4 inch down from the wooden ball. If the "wings" are too close to the wooden ball "head", coloring in the hair will be difficult.
Now you are ready to paint. Scroll down for paint instructions.
Singing Angels lined up
Painting the noodle angels
1. Paint the pasta angel. The easiest way to hold the angel while painting is to use a marker (or similar item) snuggly fit into the open end of rigatoni. You can then paint the angel without touching the wet paint. Using white paint and a small paint brush, paint the entire pasta angel. Let paint dry and add a second coat.
2. Add a line for the hair. Using an ultra fine point marker, draw a wavy line to mark where the angel hair will be. Scroll back up a little to the pasta angel chorus photo and look at some different ideas for the hair.
3. Fill in the hair with a solid color. The solid hair color can be colored in with a fine point marker, or painted on with a paint brush.
4. Draw in facial features. This is when the angels gain character. Use ultra fine point markers for facial features. You can add a singing mouth or no mouth at all. Experiment with eyes too.
5. Add embellishment. To add a star as shown here, glue one of the arms upward and glue on the star.
Use Ribbon to Make it a Pasta Angel Ornament
Here's how I make it an ornament. Cut a piece of 1/8 inch ribbon at least 12 inches long and tie a double knot in one end. The thickness of the double knot will prevent the ribbon from slipping back through the hole in the wooden ball. Then, using a long thin instrument (use whatever you have that will work), push the ribbon up through the bottom of the angel's head (wooden ball). Optional: Tie one more knot in the ribbon above the angel's head so the ribbon will not be pulled back through the hole.
Here are some other versions of the pasta angels. Above you see an angel wishing Happy Birthday, an angel with an attitude (hands on hips) and an angel orchestra conductor. Our 11 year-old made the conductor. How fitting to use a rigatoni that leaned slightly forward.
More pasta crafts
- Pasta Pets
This link provides pictures and instructions for making pasta animals with pasta and pipe cleaners. No hot glue needed = kid friendly.
- Make a pasta snowflake
This main idea is a starting point for lots and lots of snowflake shapes. These would make wonderful ornaments as well.
- Alphabet Art
Here's a cute idea for using those alphabet pasta shapes.
- "Holiday Candles" made from pasta
Now this is really cool. And it's the first time I've seen this. You can make what looks like holiday candles from pasta shapes.
- Pasta necklace
The example shows a pasta necklace with St. Patrick's Day theme. But you could easily change the necklace to any theme, or no theme.
- Pasta Turtles
- Pasta Christmas Tree
I heard about this from a friend and finally found it online. A colorful tree made from pasta shapes.
- Pasta Christmas Elf
The rating on this is "Hard", but I think with some thought it could be simplified. Hummm. I'll be thinking about this one.
- Button and Pasta Snowflake Ornaments
"Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.''
- Ralph Waldo Emerson