Serving up a pasta Christmas craft for kids

It’s National Pasta Day today, the perfect day for this pasta craft for kids. You’ll use tube-shaped penne pasta to make this Pasta Christmas Tree Cone. The pasta is inserted at an angle right into the cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, which gives it more dimension, just like a real Christmas tree. Designer Kathleen George shares a tip for easily painting the pasta that keeps the mess to a minimum, too. Love that! But whether you’re eating it or crafting with it, what’s not to love about pasta?

The kids will love this Christmas craft made with pasta! Tutorial on To make a Pasta Christmas Tree Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” x 9” cone
  • Dry pasta, penne shape
  • Acrylic craft paint in green
  • Acrylic gems in red, or other embellishments
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1” stiff paintbrush; plastic wrap; tape; sandwich size zip-top bag; sharp pencil

To make a Pasta Christmas Tree Cone:

1. Paint foam cone green.

2. Paint the pasta:

  • Tape a piece of plastic wrap on your work surface. This is where you’ll dry your painted pasta.
  • Place several handfuls of penne pasta into a zip-top bag, and add a few tablespoons of green paint.
  • Zip the bag shut and gently and thoroughly rub the paint all over the penne. If there are bare spots on the inside tips of the pasta tubes, that’s o.k. You can touch it up later.
  • When the pasta is covered, spread it out on the plastic wrap to dry.
  • Repeat, if more pasta is needed. (Kathleen estimates you’ll need about eight large handfuls.)
This is a really fun Pasta Cone the kids can make for Christmas. Tutorial on

First, make a hole with a pencil point, and then push the pasta right into the foam cone.

3. You’ll use a sharp pencil to make your holes in the foam cone first. Start with a row about 1” up from the bottom of the cone. Insert the pencil point at an upward angle till it’s about ½” deep. Repeat, making additional holes about ½” apart. Place a dab of glue in each hole, and push the pasta into it.

4. Repeat, adding a few more rows that are 1” apart, and placing the pasta pieces ½” apart. As you work your way up the cone, place the rows and pasta closer together. Kathleen’s tree has 11 rows of pasta. For the very last row, glue the penne pasta around the top edge so that the pasta meets at a point at the top.

5. If needed, touch up bare spots with green paint.

6. Glue gems in place around the tree.

Kids love crafting with pasta and this is a really fun (and cute) Christmas craft idea for the kiddos. Tutorial on

Pasta Christmas Tree Cone by Kathleen George.

The tree doesn’t have to be green, of course. Let the kids have a little fun with it. Here’s another Pasta Tree, this one painted in metallic gold. It’s made with a STAK® Tree, a shape that’s not widely available in the stores, but you can purchase one online at The Craft Place. Of course, you can also use a foam cone. Here’s the tutorial for the Golden Noodle Christmas Tree.

easy Christmas crafts made from pasta for kids

Golden Noodle Christmas Tree by Kathleen George.

The pumpkins are out, the leaves are changing, and we’re in full fall splendor here. I’m starting to think about Christmas, however, and I’m excited to start sharing new Christmas ornament crafts next week. As I plan out the Christmas lineup, let me know what you’re looking to make this season. Are there any specific projects you’d like to see? If so, leave a shout out below.

Pretty fall leaves!

The view from my window.

Now, go have some pasta! (It’s on my menu tonight.)

Happy pasta crafting.


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7 Responses to Serving up a pasta Christmas craft for kids

  1. Pingback: 25 Easy & Fun Christmas Crafts for Kids - Raising Whasians

  2. Joan Floyd says:

    love the tree! Pasta is something good to decorate with, since I shouldn’t eat it. Yeah! Now I can make a tree out of leftovers!! Lol

  3. kidosmom says:

    I love your site. I recently tried some Styrofoam tree with lace and no matter how I did them I did not have success. I tried gluing it on, that was a bust. I tried to cover it with a product fabric stiffner from Martha Stewart and that only okay, they still are no firm enough to stand on their own. I saw it on pinterest, but not directions via their site, just pictures. Any tips?

    • Sharon says:

      It sounds like you’re not using the cone for the finished project, correct? Instead, you’re using the cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam as a form, and shaping your lace around the cone and then removing the cone, is this correct? I confess that I’ve had a similar issues when making cheesecloth ghosts — you remove the form and the whole thing collapses. I finally successfully made mini cheesecloth ghosts with a mixture of Elmer’s Glue and water. I think the small size was key, too. It’s harder for a larger shape to hold up on its own. So, I’m not sure I have an answer for you, but you could try making mini lace cones. Maybe someone else has a suggestion here? Sharon

  4. kidosmom says:

    I once did Angles with noodles…They were so cute and I found some tiny A-Z and did their names on each one. I still have mine.

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