Coral Reef

What you need:
Playdough
• Acrylic paint
• Paint Brush
• Radiatore Pasta

What you do:
• Mold a ball with your playdough, and flatten it just a little to make it egg shaped.
• Press the radiatore pasta into the playdough to make a “brain-like” pattern.
• Allow the brain coral  to dry for a day or two, turning it over periodically to speed up the drying process.
• Paint.

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Worm Art

What you need:
• Newspaper to protect the workspace
• Tempera Paint
• A couple of shallow dishes to pour the paint into
• Cooked spaghetti noodles
• A piece of art paper the bigger the better

What you do:
•  Cover the workspace with newspaper
• Pour out a few different colors of tempera paint into shallow containers
• Plop a handful of clean, al dente spaghetti noodles into the paint and mix around, making sure to saturate the noodles with oodles of paint
• Pull a paint covered noodle out of the paint and onto the clean art paper. Twirl, pull, swirl, drag, press the noodle all around the paper and see what happens!

African Mask

What you need:
• Paper plate
• Hole punch
• Craft knife
• Pipe cleaners
• Colored pasta
• Newspapers
• White glue
• Poster paint
• Paint brush

What you do:
• Punch 6 to 8 holes around the top half portion of the paper plate.
• Draw and cut out a pair of eye holes.
• Take some strips of newspaper. Twist and form them into a mouth and nose shape.
• Use white glue to attach the newspaper nose and mouth to the paper plate.
• Let the glue dry for a few minutes.
• Paint your mask with brown poster paint.
• Use white paint to make designs on the mask.
• Cut pipe cleaners in half and attach each piece to a hole on the mask. Simply loop one end of the pipe cleaner around the hole and twist it to secure it in place.
• String colored pasta through each pipe cleaner. Seal the end by folding down the tip of the pipe cleaner.
• Once you’re finished, you’re ready to show off your African mask.

Attach an elastic band on the two lowermost holes to wear the mask or you may simply put up the mask on the wall.

Macaroni Sheep

What you need:
• 4″ x 6″ piece of cardboard
• 2 large spring type clothespins
• Elbow macaroni
• 2 wiggle eyes
• White felt
• Paint (black, white and pink)
• White glue
• paintbrush
What you do
• From the cardboard cut one 3-inch circle for the body and one 1 1/2-inch circle for the head.
• Paint the body circle white on both sides.
•  Paint the head circle black on both sides. Let dry.
• Paint top 1/3 of the head white.
• Take the clothespins apart and paint the wooden pieces black. Allow to dry completely and then put back together.
• Attach the clothespins with glue to the body circle.
• Glue elbow macaroni to the front of the body circle and to the top 1/3 of the head circle where it was painted white.
• Paint the macaroni on both pieces white.
• Cut two ears from the white felt and glue to the back of the head.
• Glue two goggle eyes to the front of the head.
• Paint a nose on the face with pink paint.
• Glue head to body. Let dry.

Macaroni Jewelry

Macaroni crafts are great activities for children.  On a rainy day or during “down time,” kids can work on a number of different projects.  Making jewelry out of macaroni can be a really fun activity for kids and their parents. 
Macaroni bead necklace can be given to friends or relatives as a cute little gift.

 

What you need:
• Tape
• Food Colouring
• String
• Scissors
• Rubbing alcohol
• Measuring cups
• Spoon

What you do:
1. Pour ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol into a 12 to 16 oz cup and add anywhere from 5 to 15 drops of food colouring.
2. Add macaroni into the cup. Stir until all the colour is absorbed.
3. Spoon the macaroni onto a paper towel and let it dry.
4. Once the macaroni is dry, the jewellery making is ready to begin.
5. Cut the string at the desired length. Wrap one end of the string with tape so that sliding macaroni onto the string will be a little easier.
6. Slide a piece of macaroni all the way to the end of the string and tie a knot around it. This will help prevent other macaroni from sliding off the end.
7.  Continue to add macaroni until the string is full.
8.  Tie each end of the string together to complete the necklace.

Macaroni Kid Can

Show off your favorite colors and store your pencils and pens at the same time. Make this adorable pencil holder from a recycled can and pasta noodles.

What you’ll need:

  • Empty vegetable can
  • White craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paints in your favorite colors
  • Acrylic sealer spray
    Several different shaped pasta noodles
    Sand paper

How to make it:

  1. Wash and dry vegetable can. If opening has sharp edges, be sure an adult sands them down with sand paper before starting this project.
  2. Sort out pasta noodles into piles according to shapes.
  3. Use white glue to attach the pasta shapes to the can in whatever pattern you like.
  4. If you use too much glue, your pasta shapes may start to slide or even fall off. Check up on the can now and then and readjust the noodles as the glue begins to dry.
  5. When can is completely dry, paint pasta shapes in different colors of your choice. Let dry.
  6. Spray entire surface of can and pasta with acrylic sealer spray.

Tips:

  • Many aluminum and tin cans come with pop tops these days, eliminating the use for a can opener. However, some brands still require a can opener and these may produce sharp edges around the brim that can cut fingers. Check your local discount department store for can openers with a safety edge that will not produce sharp edges.
  • Apply glue liberally to allow the pasta noodles to grab, but excessive amounts will cause your pasta to slide. Simply readjust the noodles as the glue dries to combat this issue.

Macaroni Kid Frame

What you need:

  •  A bowl of uncooked, dry macaroni
  •  Elmer’s glue
  •  Plain wooden picture frame
  •  2 different colored paints
  •  2 paint brushes
  •  Newspaper

1.    Dab a spot of glue on each piece of macaroni and stick it to the picture frame to create a cool design.
2.    Spread the newspaper out on a flat surface and paint the macaroni and frame, leaving it to dry on the newspaper.
3.    When the glue has dried, put a photo into the picture frame and put on display.