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Pasta Angels

Updated on November 23, 2015

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

Pasta Angel Chorus
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*

White paint

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

Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers, 24-Pack, 80's Glam Assorted Colors (32893PP)
Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers, 24-Pack, 80's Glam Assorted Colors (32893PP)

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.

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count

Note that these are the Fine Point markers. These are good for filling in the hair.


Conductor leads singers

Conductor leads singers
Conductor leads singers
#1 Adding the head (wooden ball)
#1 Adding the head (wooden ball)


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 Adding the arms
#2 Adding the arms

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 Adding the wings
#3 Adding the wings

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

Singing Angels lined up
Singing Angels lined up
#1 Paint all of it
#1 Paint all of it

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 Section off the hair/face with a thin line
#2 Section off the hair/face with a thin line

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
#3 Fill in 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 facial features
#4 Draw facial features

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
#5 Add embellishment

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.

More Ideas

Pasta Noodle Angel Xmas Craft
Pasta Noodle Angel Xmas Craft

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.

"Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.''

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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      puzzlerpaige 2 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Skye. Lots of versions of descriptive words are used to help creative folks find what they seeking online. What one person calls one thing, someone else calls another. To catch as many phrases as possible, in the age of internet searching, writers use as many terms as possible. I personally wouldn't use the term xmas in conversation, but may use it to expand results from a search field. Google keeps track of allllll those search terms and offers tools to writers to see *exactly* what folks use as keywords, percentages etc. Even if the terms aren't accurate! It is called Search Engine Optimization :) and there is a complete science of knowledge on the subject. Long answer to a quick question I know, but I find it interesting that you asked.

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      Skye 2 years ago

      This is going to be a great thing to do. But why "pasta noodle xmas..."

      It's all made of pasta, they are not noodles. And it should be Christmas. "xmas"is just wrong.

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      premjayaram 4 years ago is very innovative. Thanks for the tips

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      elizathielker 5 years ago

      Oh my god! I'm so making these! They're so cute and they're made of pasta and this is brilliant. I'm adding this lens to my Christmas lens, I hope you don't mind.

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      They look so cute. Very creative lens.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      These are so cute. I'd like to try making these with my kids this Christmas season. Blessed!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very nice craft project. I have added you as a featured lens on my Angel Crafts for Kids and Adults.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      What a creative way to use pasta, I bet you can get all sorts of shapes and sizes from the different types of pasta.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      What a creative way to use pasta, I bet you can get all sorts of shapes and sizes from the different types of pasta.

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      klaird 6 years ago

      Very Cute! When I initially looked at the finished angels, I would have never guessed that they are made from simple pasta shapes. What a great idea to do a family craft with these around Christmas time. I've featured this lens on my "50 Craft Ideas for Adults" page, although it's a great craft idea for kids too. Great job!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      These are so cute. though they look like delicate work.

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      Crystal A Murray 6 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

      Sent this adorable idea to my crafty sister to make for some relatives. I can hardly wait to see what she comes up with.

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      Craftyville 6 years ago

      I love your pasta angel, I used to make all sorts of crafts with pasta when I was a little one.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      *** Blessed by a the Craft Ideas SquidAngel *** for such clear instructions, awesome photos, and becuz we love angels!! I think angels are for ALL year long! My mother collects them --I love your ideas!

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      AmateurAtHTML 7 years ago

      Very cute idea. And pretty easy too. Great for kids.


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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Very eldest gave me one of these this year...she is sitting on our tree right now :o) I like the conductor! Thanks for sharing...and thanks for visiting my "Top Valentine's Day gifts for 2011" lens...I appreciate it!

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      Ann Hinds 7 years ago from So Cal

      I'll join the angel chorus and bless this too. The pictures are very helpful. I also make angel pasta but you have provided some great links for other crafts to try.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Well, shall I send you my mailing address NOW? Love these!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      These are so cute...blessed and added to my December Blessings lens.

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      Featured on my Angel Page too...this is so gorgeous I think I will try it with my daughter.

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      moonlitta 7 years ago

      Another piece of genius...

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      These Pasta Angels are just adorable! I've made Garden Angels outta tiny terra cotta pots and other materials and use moss (from the tree in my yard or in bags in the craft store) for the hair...I think it would work well on these angels too. It gives the angels a wild little hair-do :)

      Thanks for the step-by-step instructions and photos!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I can't wait until the grandkids get older!

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      scar4 7 years ago

      I wish one of these pasta angels, so cute!

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      CozyKitty 7 years ago

      these are adorable! another great lens ...


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome idea,can't wait to make some!

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      manndtp 7 years ago

      Gotta head out and get me some pasta. Cool idea!

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      Linda Pogue 7 years ago from Missouri

      What fun! Pasta angels are a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      super cute! saving this idea to make with the kids later this month :)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      These look like such fun! I had never seen them before. Love your step-by-step guide, it's going to be useful as everyone's thoughts soon start to turn towards Christmas once again. ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Gingerjayne,

      If I remember right I purchased those stars at Michael's Crafts. They are in the gems/embellishments section. Thanks for stopping by!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      These pasta angels are just delightful! We will certainly be making them for Christmas 2010.

      Wonderful photos, thank you SO much for sharing.

      Where did you find those lovely stars?

      Bless you.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I came across this lens last summer. My mom and I were going to make some pasta angels but time got away from year.

      Have a good one.

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      These are so cool! And definitely something to consider making for our Christmas tree.

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I have featured this at By Kids 4 Kids - A Group of Squidoo Lenses for Kids and I have sprinkled some angel dust (you can add a link to my angel lens if you want).

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      This looks fun!

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      Jeanette 8 years ago from Australia

      Too cute! You've done a lovely job with these.

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      myraggededge 8 years ago

      Very cute - my kids would love to make these.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      These are adorable! Great instructions too, it helps to have pictures!!

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Beautiful! I voted for you and gave you a Squid Angel Blessing : )

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      jgelien 8 years ago

      Unbelievable. I was given one of these adorable creations as a Christmas ornament years ago. It disappeared a while back and I have always wanted to know how to make another!

      Thank you for the great lens.

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      ronpass lm 8 years ago

      Fascinating craft ideas - I would never have thought of using pasta this way - well done.

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      I love anything angel! I remember as a child attending arts and craft on Saturday morning, my favorite project was a cone shaped Christmas tree made out of different pasta shapes and then spray-painted in gold. It was beautiful! I love your lens.

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      hayleylou lm 8 years ago

      Always looking for new craft ideas for the boys and this one is a keeper, thanks

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      too adorable. You got my vote!

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Blimey, I thought it was something I was going to eat. They sure look good enough for that. Excellent lens and well done.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hah, this is super cute! I'm glad I saw it. And - thanks for visiting my puppet lens of the day! Best of luck to you.

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      Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

      I am favoring this for my craft projects with my Grandkids.....I have one Pasta Angel that I got at a Craft Fair, and have wanted to make them forever. 5'd and fav'd

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Wonderful, I think those Angels are so cute!!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      These are adorable!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh what a brilliant idea and so well set out and explained. SquidAngel Blessings for you from a wheatfree Angel ;)

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      momto4 lm 8 years ago

      What a cute idea! I'll have to try this with my kids. They love doing arts and crafts!

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      These are really cute.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      My mother and I made several of these while I was visiting her this summer. It was fun and easy.

      Thanks for sharing


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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done!

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      just darling!!!

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      These are fabulous. i love your little angels. Your lens is exceptional. I am a noodle crafting fan.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have never seen pasta angels before. great idea!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      This lens entered Fresh Squid Contest for July as one of featured lenses on Fresh Squid group in June! Come by and vote!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Welcome to the South Carolina Group

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I have one of these hanging on my Christmas tree each year!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Wonderful! Love it! So simple and yet so effective! Gotta show this to my husband (he's teacher) - he'll love it too! Welcome to Fresh Squid group! I'm really glad you decided to join us! And Blessed by an Angel!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      OMG! What a fabulous lens! 5*Fav! The step-by-step instructions are very detailed & well presented. What a neat craft for using pasta. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      Those are just too cute!!! What a fun craft. 5*

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful! I've been looking for some patterns to make Christmas ornaments.

      Thanks so much for sharing


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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Adorable! Great job!

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      StephanieB-Writer 8 years ago

      OMG how cute! I'll be making some at Christmas definitely!

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      Fun project! Makes me wish I had someone younger than 19 to do it with!

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      Fun project! Makes me wish I had someone younger than 19 to do it with!

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      Great job! 5 stars :) Come Christmas, this lens could be raking in the Google traffic.....just keep working on it :)

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      Everyday-Miracles 8 years ago

      Really neat! Thanks for sharing!

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      I love these! I work with a group of homeschooled kids once a week. Maybe closer to Christmas we'll make some of these! That'd be fun! 5 stars

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Blessed by this joyful angel, for sure! This is so creative! I am going to try this! I had not seen pasta angels before!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Now what Squid Angel wouldn't LOVE this lens? Well done and adorable!

      I hereby bless this lens.

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      This is an awesome idea! Lensrolled to my crafts for kids lens. =)

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      These are soooo cute! You're getting an Angel blessing on this lens...

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Such a cool idea. I love it!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Paige, this is wonderful. I can't wait to try to make these precious angels. Your instructions are fabulous.