Monday, November 25th, 2013
DIY crafter Alison Caporimo recently released her first book, Instacraft, about fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor. We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Monday (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) to see which creations we feature next.
Spaghetti-Stamped Tote Bag
“Growing up, Sundays meant pasta; Mondays, school and then pasta. And Tuesday: leftover pasta,” Alison says. “Here is the result of a lifetime of playing with food when I wasn’t supposed to and having far too much access to every kind of spaghetti and ravioli ever made.”
Canvas tote bag
Drop cloth (or newspaper)
1. Lay out a drop cloth or newspaper on a flat surface and smooth the tote bag on your workspace.
2. Dip one open end of a rigatoni pasta into fabric paint and press firmly but evenly onto the canvas.
3. Repeat in any pattern you like (in a variety of colors!) and then allow to dry according to paint instructions.
Alison’s extra tips for Parents readers:
- Swap it: Instead of tote bags, paint pillowcases, tee shirts, or canvas sneakers. Or, use acrylic paint to stamp card stock, wood plaques, or terra cotta pots.
- Search for more unexpected stamps: Test out pretzels, clementine wedges, Cheerios or Froot Loops, flowers, corks, buttons, straws, and pencil erasers.
- Need more ideas? Check out Parents fruit and veggie stamps.
- Try it freehand: Draw small plus signs and scalloped petal patterns—then stay in the lines.
- Challenge your kiddos: Ask them to name shapes, count pasta pieces, and mix paint colors.
For more ideas from Alison Caporimo, follow her on Twitter.
Text adapted from Instacraft, with permission from Ulysses Press. Copyright 2013. All images by Meera Lee Patel.Add a Comment