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A Modern Macaroni Masterpiece

We are beyond excited to share our simple DIY today: A Modern Macaroni Masterpiece!  Today we are coming together with many of our favorite kid + art bloggers all part of the Rockin’ Art Moms to bring you the #themacaronichallenge!  Below you’ll find several “over the top and beyond ideas using pasta” to make + create with children!  I think you’ll be amazed!  You’ll also discover we have an exciting opportunity + giveaway planned and would LOVE for YOU to join us!

A quick + close up peek at what we’ve been up to in the studio.  Can you believe it’s with pasta?  A little more than your average macaroni necklace, right?  This design is super simple and all you need is just a few additional supplies to get started making your own!

We were thrilled to create within a “fluorescent color scheme” and so fortunate to find everything we needed within this color pallet, including our paint, yarn and clay!

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  •   a variety of dry pastas that can be threaded
  •   tempera paint + paint brushes for pasta painting
  •   polymer clay for beads + oven + wooden skewer
  •   yarn for mini pom poms + fork + scissors
  •   pony beads
  •   pipe cleaners

A peek at our process!  Painting pasta by hand has its way of creating colorful little hands, so washing hands + brushes between colors became the ritual!  Our pasta needed overnight to completely dry, so thinking ahead, it’s great to make a day out of just pasta painting!

Our metal trays we picked up thrifting worked wonders for paint + pasta + organization!

This might be the yummiest lunch we’ve ever seen seen!  Would you agree?

Polymer clay comes in blocks but we think it’s more “kid-friendly” to divide it into smaller cubes for little hands to create new + exciting combinations.  You just warm it with your hands and the rest is history!  It’s one of our favorite art supplies to create with and it bakes quickly and hardens without shrinking.  The colors it come in are luscious!

Stack shaped + decorated beads on a wooden skewer to bake, but be sure they’re all separated before baking on a low temp or you might end up with one gigantic bead.

We enjoyed adding details such as spirals, polka dots and more, to give our beads added appeal and one-of-a-kind character.

We loved all the exciting color combinations, embellishments {polka dots to swirls to stripes} on all these little clay beads.  It gave this project a playful + one-of-a-kind touch!  Kids love working with this fabulous clay and so do I!

Select yarns that create unity with your selected color scheme for mini pom poms.

Pom pom making!  This was our first time to create mini-pom poms and they were so much fun for little hands.  We followed this simple tutorial.  Once you make one, you just get addicted and can’t stop, believe us!!!

Stringing with symmetry!  Divide painted noodles by color and size.  Layout your desired design or just be spontaneous and get going!  Start with a center bead on the very bottom of your necklace, centered on a pipe cleaner.  Begin to add beads, focusing on balance + symmetry.  If you put a pink bead on the left, you would put a pink bead on the right.  Keep working upward with your necklace on a flat surface.  Add painted pasta, pony beads, handcrafted + baked clay beads + handmade mini-pom poms.  As your pipe cleaners fill on each side, carefully twist a new pipe cleaner on.  We discovered you could easily “branch out” to add more character and dimension!  Pipe cleaners are easy for children to bend, twist and cut!  Continue to add until you get your desired length.  Bring the ends together at the top together and twist.  The possibilities are endless, we can’t wait to make many more, so stay tuned!

Crazy Cool Pasta Art Projects_Pin + Posts

Above is a peek at a lovely collage with all the other pasta projects you can peek at today!  All these “pasta lovers” or really “art lovers” are all part of the Rockin Art Moms!  You can follow this highly creative group on Pinterest and Facebook!  We’ve linked all these lovely projects pictured above, dow below!  Please do check them out, you’ll truly be amazed and inspired at the the overflowing creativity for creating with children!

Art Assemblage  |  ART BAR

Mosaic Art Project for Kids  |  BUGGY AND BUDDY

Macaroni Frames  |  PINK STRIPEY SOCKS

Painted Macaroni Necklaces  |  MOLLYMOO

Macaroni Mosaics  |  TINY ROTTEN PEANUTS

Painted Pasta Art  |  LEARN PLAY IMAGINE

A Modern Macaroni Masterpiece  |  HANDMAKERY

Pasta Sculptures with Preschoolers  | MERI CHERRY

Macaroni Pom-Pom Flower Necklace  |  WILLOWDAY

Pretty Pasta Pendants  |  PYSSELBOLAGET

Pasta Art Activities for Kids  |  ARTFUL PARENT

Stained Glass Pasta  |  BABBLE DABBLE DO

Pasta Drawing Prompts  |  PICKLEBUMS

Modern Pasta Necklaces  |  MER MAG

Spaghetti Tower Mashmallow Challenge | TINKERLAB

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The Rockin Art Moms would LOVE for you to join us on this exciting #themacaronichallenge!  Are you inspired to make something amazing with pasta?  The Rockin’ Art Moms are opening the Macaroni Challenge up to everyone!

Here are the step to join in on all the fun!

1.  Create a one-of-a-kind pasta project.

2.  Post a photo in these locations: The Rockin Art for Kids Facebook Page and on Instagram using the the tag #TheMacaroniChallenge but know it’s open to all types of pastas!

Challenge ends on May 10. During this week the Rockin’ Art Moms will be sharing some of our favorite projects on our Facebook Pages so be sure to stay tuned!

BONUS GIVEAWAY:  All projects posted on the The Rockin Art for Kids Facebook Page will be entered in an amazing Rockin’ Art Moms Book Giveaway.  Sorry entries are restricted to residence of the US and Canada only.  The winner will be selected at random from the entries and announced on Instagram and the Rockin’ Art for Kids Facebook page on Sunday May 10, 2015.  Join us!

PRIZE GIVEAWAY:  Will include incredible books from the Rockin’ Art Moms:  Happy Handmade (ebook) from MollyMoo, 150 Screen Free Activites for Kids from Fun at Home with Kids, Tinkerlab from Tinkerlab and The Artful Year + The Artful Parent from The Artful Parent!

Sound amazing…get started today!  Can’t wait to see what you and your children create with the endless possibilities of pasta!  Pictured below are the books up for grabs…don’t they look amazing to add into your creative collection!?!

Rockin' Art Moms


18 Responses to “A Modern Macaroni Masterpiece”

  1. Meri Cherry — April 27, 2015 @ 3:52 pm Reply

    This post is KILLING ME!!!!!!!!


      HANDMAKERY — April 29, 2015 @ 5:43 pm Reply

      Oh Meri! It’s been too much fun being connected with you and the other Rockin’ Art Moms lately! I look forward to what’s to come! Thank you for peeking at our Modern Macaroni Masterpieces! I feel like I’m back in college again- challenge, an art filled community of friends with a common connection + playing in the studio…what more could a girl ask for, right?!? Thank you so much for getting me involved- enjoying every minute! Looking forward to spending time with your Pasta Sculptures With Preschoolers! They look so enticing with all that texture and gorgeous color…what a fab use for cds!!! Where do you get your imagination Meri…someday you’ll have to tell us more about your childhood! Would love to hear how you ended up where you are today! Your little ladies are so lucky to have you for a masterpiece mama! xoxo

  2. Michelle McInerney | MollyMooCrafts — April 27, 2015 @ 7:51 pm Reply

    I love the combination of beads and pasta, and the colors are delicious xx


      HANDMAKERY — April 29, 2015 @ 5:45 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for taking a peek at our Modern Macaroni Masterpieces MollyMoo! What a sweet collaboration, right! So happy to be connecting with all you lovelies! xo

  3. Ana — April 28, 2015 @ 10:51 am Reply

    Oh the color! I love these! I want a few for myself please!


      HANDMAKERY — April 29, 2015 @ 5:34 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Ana for taking a peek at our Modern Macaroni Masterpieces and for your sweet compliment! So happy to hear you’d wear one!!! So appreciate all you did to rock this #TheMacaroniChallenge! Tying in video was such an exciting new adventure that I do hope to explore more with time + tutorials, so thankful for yours! Beyond in LOVE with the video you created of all The Rockin’ Art Moms coming together…I’ve only watched it like 20+ times!!! It was perfect! Thank you for your lead + shared knowledge Ana!

  4. Bar — April 28, 2015 @ 3:42 pm Reply

    Um…these are so out-of-control awesome!! I love your photos, your colors!! Your photos!! did I mention that? And you are truly the symmetry girl. ha! I love how you mixed in clay beads and pom-poms. Bravo!! VERY inspiring, as always Ami. I love it all!! xo bar


      HANDMAKERY — April 29, 2015 @ 5:30 pm Reply

      Thank you Art Bar Blog!!! I was really happy the way the color came together (oh and that my children got along + cooperated + let me pick out their outfits for the day…it definably was not the norm if you hear me)… LOVE using fluorescents to brighten life every now and then! Yes, I’m pretty crazy about symmetry, ask my hubby and he might not think it’s healthy, but it’s kinda me from time to time and he’s learned to accept the “balance” of our relationship! It was truly limitless creating with oodles of noodles like you well know. Couldn’t even believe all that turned up when #TheMacaroniChallenge unveiled connecting all The Rockin’ Art Moms, I was basically blown away… thought we might have some overlap or several noodle necklaces, but not even. If the next challenge is wood, cardboard, nature, etc. I can’t even imagine where these Rockin’ Mamas will take it, guessing to the sky and beyond the universe!!! Loved your Art Assemblage With Kids, can’t wait to read all the posts over the weekend, they are all absolutely stunning!

  5. Pysselbolaget — April 29, 2015 @ 7:43 am Reply

    I can’t believe it’s pasta! Love the combination of pasta, clay and pom poms.


      HANDMAKERY — April 29, 2015 @ 5:18 pm Reply

      Thank you for the sweet compliment Pysselbolaget! The variety was so much fun to intertwine! What a fun challenge right! Super excited to spend the weekend checking out all the posts from The Rockin’ Art Moms! So great to have you on board! xo

  6. Allison — April 29, 2015 @ 9:31 pm Reply

    Love, love, love the colors, and I love the combination of materials. Gorgeous!


      HANDMAKERY — May 4, 2015 @ 5:46 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Allison! We also loved creating with this combination of materials and always love how a color scheme unites a project!

  7. katepickle — April 29, 2015 @ 11:55 pm Reply

    This is SO COOL!

    My kids are bad for all the fluro colours that are in at the moment and it’s such a great combo with the pasta and clay and yarn!


      HANDMAKERY — May 4, 2015 @ 5:48 pm Reply

      I know! Aren’t fluorescent colors so fun! As we speak…gearing up on another project using a similar pallet of color! Thanks for checking out our blog post!!!

  8. Jeanine — April 30, 2015 @ 1:23 pm Reply

    Wow! These are gorgeous!!! And I am sooo happy to see I am not the only one with what might look like ‘not an over abundance of pasta’ I had one kind like yours for our project we’ll start after school today–thank you for this glorious inspiration as we also just got a ton of FAB NEON paints (thanks to ArtBar) 😀


      HANDMAKERY — May 4, 2015 @ 5:49 pm Reply

      Thank you for taking a peek Jeanine!!! Isn’t #TheMacaroniChallenge the best! The possibilities are endless!!!

      • Jeanine — May 7, 2015 @ 8:19 pm Reply

        Oh I had to stop by and thank you. This was such a fantastic art challenge. I myself really enjoyed the therapeutic feel of painting the pasta, and the clay! As soon as our pieces are all tied up n dried up, we’ll send me to FB

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          HANDMAKERY — May 8, 2015 @ 5:42 pm Reply

          Hello Jeanine! Thank you so much for joining in on #TheMacaroniChallenge hosted by #Rockinartmoms! Isn’t pasta exciting to create with, I had no idea there were so many possibilities!!! Look forward to seeing the pieces you create! Please post + tag on Instagram (we’re @handmakery) and on the Rockin’ Art for Kids Facebook Page! Woohoo! Challenge ends on Mother’s Day so if you’re able to get it posted before, there is an amazing giveaway of Rockin’ Art Mom books!

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