A Tasty Tutorial: Make a Golden Noodle Christmas Topiary Tree

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!

easy Christmas crafts made from pasta for kids

Golden Noodle Christmas Tree by Kathleen George.

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!

Christmas topiary tree

Good things come in small packages, like the STAK Tree.

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
Make a noodle topiary

Noodle around with your noodle arrangement.

 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!


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24 Responses to A Tasty Tutorial: Make a Golden Noodle Christmas Topiary Tree

  1. Rusty says:

    My favorite holiday classic pasta is Tuna noodle Casserole. The way mom would lovingly open the box of Tuna Helper….mmmmm…..brings back such wonderful memories. The little round dehydrated mushrooms! The simple one pan preperation! The added frozen peas…….what a steamy little dish it was! How my sisters would fight over it! Memories!!!!!!

  2. Wanda S says:

    Great project. Would like to try it with my grandchildren. My favorite pasta dish is hard to pick, love them all. One of my faves is pesto bowtie pasta with chicken and artichokes.

    • Sharon says:

      Great choice, Wanda — yummy! Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ll share photos of your pasta crafts on our Facebook page @StyroCrafts. Sharon

  3. Fran Weinberg says:

    What a great looking tree! And, thank you for the opportunity to win the cones. I’ve never seen them before.
    I have two fave pasta dishes. One is a pasta salad made with linguine, onion, green pepper, tomatoes, salad dressing, and a secret spice. My aunt gave me the recipe almost 40 years ago, and it’s still a favorite of all who indulge.
    My other fave is a sweet noodle pudding. It’s so yummy, I can eat it as dessert!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for stopping by, Fran. I’ve never had sweet noodle pudding — is it like rice pudding? (I once had chocolate pasta served with raspberry sauce and that was pretty yummy!)

  4. Sara T says:

    This is a great project, I think it’s very beautiful. At first I didn’t realize it was pasta. lol I just bought some Styrofoam cones but didn’t see anything like this… are these sold through the website or where can I purchase these? I would really like to get some of these.
    Thank you ,

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! First, you might win two STAK Trees so check back in tomorrow. The STAK Trees are sold at A.C. Moore, and if you don’t have an A.C. Moore in your area, you can find them online at http://www.TheCraftPlace.com. Hope to see you again, soon. Sharon

      • Sara T says:

        I didn’t even notice there was a contest. I was wondering why everyone was mentioning food. It was making me hungry. :D:D:D
        1 of my favorite pasta dish is Crab stuffed Ravioli. My mother was Calabrian and we used to make this with a light cream and butter sauce. It’s heaven and bring ‘s back many found memories. 🙂

  5. This project is Amazing & thanks for the chance to win a STAK tree!!! My fav pasta is spaghetti followed by lasagne!!!

  6. ColleenB. says:

    Totally Awesome.project.
    Guess my favorite pasta dish / salad would be my veggie pasta salad using the colored garden / vegetable pasta

  7. Lorine Mason says:

    Now that is taking Noodle Art to a whole new level. What fun!

  8. Laura Durán says:

    My favorite is bologñesa spaguetti!!! with to much albodigas!! I’m from México, sorry if I don´t know some words 😀 cherrs!!

  9. Regina says:

    Anything pasta is good in our house, but hubby’s pasta toss with fresh spinach, spicy chicken breast and feta cheese is probably tops.

  10. Sharon says:

    It’s almost dinner time & you’re all making me hungry! Thanks for the comments! Sharon

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  12. Katiria says:

    OMg, my favorite dish is spaghetti made by a local restaurant they have the best sauce and they add like half a pound of shredded parmesan and I can’t get enough!

  13. Melanie says:

    Vegetable Lasagna

  14. eileenhull says:

    Oh that is SO cool. What a great project…

  15. Rhonda Conner says:

    My favorite pasta dish is one that is made by my 20 year old daughter….It always starts out as chicken noodle soup; instead of noodles, she uses ditalini. Plenty of carrots, celery and onions….and a broasted chicken….Emilee always intends on this being soup, but all the goodies, and the full lb of ditalini turns this into a chicken and pasta dish that is steeped with flavor and homemade goodness……ps..thanks for the wonderful crafting idea, we are going to do that with her step-children next week-end….

    • Sharon says:

      That sounds like the perfect bowl of winter-time comfort food! Enjoy making your Golden Noodle Christmas Topiary Trees and let us know how they turn out (you can post a photo on our Facebook page @StyroCrafts). Thank you. Sharon

  16. Carla Moran says:

    Love the tree! My favorite noodle dish is chicken fettuccini

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