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