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.
Jazz up the jewels by adding a bow-tie pendant. Penne and rigatoni work best as the beads.
Gather your leftover pasta bits to build this awesome train. Make a few trees to complete the scene.
Kids can make plaques, oversize cards, or team posters with cute pasta shapes, paint, and glue.
Get dolled up with fancy farfalle-and-rhinestone barrettes. Hot glue on a plain clip keeps the pasta in place.
Make this pretty desk accessory from a quart-size milk carton. Glue on pasta, then paint when it's dry.
Tools of the Trade
* Craft glue
* Tempera paint
* Glue gun
* Spray paint
Originally published in the September 2008 issue of Parents magazine.