Use Your Noodle: 6 Crafts to Make with Pasta

Looking for a creative craft idea? Show your good taste with painted pasta.

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Try a Tiara

Dress up a plastic headband with brightly painted wagon wheels.

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Noodle Necklace

Jazz up the jewels by adding a bow-tie pendant. Penne and rigatoni work best as the beads.

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All Aboard

Gather your leftover pasta bits to build this awesome train. Make a few trees to complete the scene.

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Sign Here

Kids can make plaques, oversize cards, or team posters with cute pasta shapes, paint, and glue.

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Hip Clips

Get dolled up with fancy farfalle-and-rhinestone barrettes. Hot glue on a plain clip keeps the pasta in place.

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Pencil Cup

Make this pretty desk accessory from a quart-size milk carton. Glue on pasta, then paint when it's dry.

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Tools of the Trade

Kid-friendly tools:

* Craft glue

* Tempera paint

* Paintbrushes

* Pasta

* Rhinestones

* Glue gun

* Spray paint

Originally published in the September 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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