A steaming bowl of pasta on a winter’s night? Yes, please! In honor of the glorious noodle, Kathleen George created the Golden Noodle Christmas Topiary Tree. This one is a super-fun Christmas craft for kids – they can mix and match their favorite shapes of pasta and then have whatever’s left over for dinner!
Did you notice the shape of the Golden Noodle Christmas Topiary Tree? Designer Kathleen George used a STAK Tree to make our little tree. The STAK Tree is almost magical – it looks very unassuming in its small square box. But, open it up and you’ll find that the square of STYROFOAM Brand Foam is comprised of several nesting rings that you separate and stack to make the tree. It’s almost as much fun as a bowl of noodles!
Here’s your tute:
To make a Golden Noodle Christmas Topiary Tree, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: STAK Tree, size of your choice (ours was 12”); or you can substitute a cone
- Dried pasta, variety of shapes & sizes
- Acrylic craft paint, color of your choice (we used gold metallic)
- Glitter, gold (optional)
- Thick, white craft glue
- Thick paste, such as Yes! Paste
- Tools needed: Stiff & soft bristle paintbrushes; paper plate; craft sticks
To make a Golden Noodle Christmas Topiary Tree:
1. Separate the rings of the STAK Tree and assemble tree. Glue the rings together using white glue and then glue tree to base. Let glue dry.
2. Squeeze small amount of paint onto paper plate. Paint tree gold with stiff bristle paintbrush; let dry.
3. Glue pasta shapes onto tree using paste; use craft sticks to spread glue. Let glue dry.
4. Using a soft bristle paintbrush, gently paint pasta gold. Be sure to get the paint into the many nooks & crannies of each piece.
5. If desired, sprinkle with gold glitter while paint is still wet.
You can find the STAK Tree at A.C. Moore this holiday season, or online at The Craft Place. Or, you can enter today’s giveaway – tell me your favorite pasta dish below and you might win a 12” and an 18” STAK Trees and one of our craft aprons that’s pretty handy in the kitchen, too. I’ll select a winner at the end of the day next Thursday, December 15. **NOTE: This Giveaway is Closed**
I’ll be back next week with more holiday inspiration – wreaths, topiaries and maybe a Santa or two. And, I’ll fill you in on the noodle craft challenge sponsored by Noodles & Company and hosted by artist and designer Eileen Hull.
Bon appetit and happy Christmas crafting!