These pasta snowflakes are SO PRETTY, and they’re really easy to make! Use any type of uncooked noodles and arrange them into a unique snowflake shape! This craft is great for both kids and adults, and it’s the perfect way to use up those half empty boxes of pasta.
Hang your pasta snowflake ornaments on the Christmas tree or use them as decorations for the whole winter season. You’ll be amazed at what you can create with a little bit of imagination and some dried pasta!
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How to Make Pasta Snowflakes
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather your supplies and materials.
Step 2: Arrange the pasta in a snowflake shape
- Place parchment or wax paper on your working surface. This will allow you to easily peel the glued snowflake off when you're finished.Arrange the pasta on the parchment paper to make the center of the snowflake. For this snowflake we made a circle with six pieces of rotelle (wagon wheels).
- Add more pasta to complete your snowflake design. Remember, snowflakes have 6 points. We found it easier to create our pasta design on the parchment paper first before gluing it together.
- Once you're happy with your snowflake design, pull the outside pieces away from the center.
Step 3: Glue the pasta together
- Add a small dot of hot glue to the side of a wagon wheel.
- Glue the wagon wheel to the piece next to it. Continue gluing until all the wheels are connected. The last piece will need glue on both sides.
- To attach the penne, add glue to the end before attaching it to the rotelle.Repeat with the rest of the penne pieces.
- Glue pennette to both sides of the penne.
- To attach the shells to the ends of the snowflake, add glue inside the shell and then press it on top of the penne.
Step 4: Spray paint the pasta snowflake
- Once the glue has completely hardened, spray paint the pasta snowflake white.Add one coat of paint to each side of the snowflake. Allow to dry, and add another coat if necessary.(One coat was enough for our snowflakes, and the paint was dry to the touch in 20 minutes. This will vary based on paint type.)
- Add a length of ribbon or string and knot it in place to hang the pasta snowflake as an ornament.Your pasta snowflake is complete!
- If you’re making these pasta snowflakes with younger kids, stick to simple shapes and larger types of pasta. The more complex ornaments can be fragile!
- Reinforce the more delicate noodles with extra hot glue on the back of the ornament.
What glue is best to hold these pasta snowflakes together?
Hot glue works really well to connect the pasta, especially since it dries almost instantly.
You can also use white school glue or tacky glue. These types of glue will work, but they take a lot longer to dry – which means you’ll have to leave your snowflake on the paper to dry at least overnight before you can handle it.
How do I colour my pasta ornaments?
We used white spray paint to cover our pasta snowflakes. You can also use a brush to paint them with regular acrylic or tempera paint.
For a sparkly snowflake, use glitter paint or brush Mod Podge over the snowflake and sprinkle glitter overtop. You can even make your own coloured pasta with food colouring and then use the dyed noodles to make the snowflakes.
What type of noodles work best to make pasta snowflakes?
For our pasta snowflakes we used:
The wagon wheels are probably the easiest to work with, and they stick together really well because of their larger size.
Add ribbon or string and hang these pasta ornaments on the tree as Christmas decorations! You can also make the snowflakes into a garland, or use them as a gift box topper.
Copy our snowflake shapes or make your own! With so many different combinations of pasta available, it’s so easy to make each one unique!
Here’s even more snowflake craft ideas:
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