Old Fashioned Macaroni Angel Ornaments

December 6, 2017


How To Make Old Fashioned Macaroni Angel Ornaments

Long before I started blogging, before the days of kids and even marriage, I taught kindergarten and first grade. During my first year, at my first school, I attended a PTA craft fair and fell head over heels in love with a darling little macaroni angel ornament. 

I didn't yet have a tree of my own, but I needed to bring her home. 

As a matter of fact, I was so taken with this darling creation I would've purchased more, but my class was scheduled for the last session of the day, on the last day of the sale, so there was only one lonely angel left. 

I snatched her up ~ I think she was a quarter ~ and I promised myself that next Christmas I would make a whole bunch to give out and hang on my tree. 

Well, next Christmas I was married. There was so much to do that first holiday together, crafting fell by the wayside. As you can imagine, not long after the wedding, there was a house and then kids and well...you already know how that goes.

Plus, each time I bought the supplies, someone would eat them. 

Classic Macaroni Noodle Angel

But this year, when I pulled that sweet girl out of the bin, I noticed that she was missing and arm and her body was chipped. Twenty five year old macaroni is apparently not that sturdy. I figured it was finally time to get to that craft.

Now, I'm sure you've all seen this craft before, or at least a version of it, these pasta angels have been around forever. They're an old fashioned Christmas classic.

Perhaps you made them when you were young, or you have a few on your own tree. What you see here today, is obviously not new. However, every single time I post something, there is someone who says, Wow, I've never seen/ heard of that before

So with that in mind, I took pictures of my process. You're welcome. 

Step one, I gathered my supplies. 

Macaroni Angel Ornament Supplies

Step two, I hot glued 3/4" wooden beads on top of rigatoni pasta noodles. I had to play around with some of them. You want the head to fit firmly on without a major gap between the two. A small gap is fine, the glue and paint with cover it, but I tried to get as close a fit as possible. 

How To Make Macaroni Angel Ornaments

Moving on, I hot glued a farfalle noodle to the back of the rigatoni for wings and two mac and cheese noodles to the sides for arms. I tried to find other pasta that would work well, but mac and cheese noodles were very thin and just fit right.

DIY Pasta Angels

Then it was on to the hair. I made it by gluing tubettini pasta to each wooden bead. The one at a time method was not going to cut it here. So I rigged up a little plastic cup and dipped the heads into the cup after I applied hot glue.

How To Make A Pasta Angel

I actually made a super quick video of this part of the process, complete with unpainted nails and a tweezer tip, if you want to peek.



Once I was done, my pasta angel, looked like this.

Christmas Pasta Angel

Then I repeated the process about twenty more times. Yeah...I know.

Truth be told, I made one, soup to nuts, as a prototype and to make sure I knew what I was getting myself into. When I made the rest, I did it in batches. All heads, all arms, all wings, all hair. 

You get the picture.

How To Make Macaroni Pasta Angels For Christmas

The painting part of this craft was handed off to my husband who gave them a few coats of white from a can. There are a lot of different ways to spray paint these ladies, but we're lazy crafters here at Exquisitely Unremarkable, so we just laid them face down in a box and sprayed. 

When they were dry, we flipped them over and sprayed the front. Nothing stuck, there were no blotchy spots, the coverage was even. All good.

The finishing touches, adding a magic marker face and a rustic twine hanger, took mere minutes. I just copied my old angel, but you can make closed eyes, lashed eyes and you can give her something to hold, like a piece of old sheet music or a tiny wreath. Have fun with it.

I may mix it up a bit since I have nineteen more to complete. 

Easy DIY Macaroni Angels

For now I have one, very perfect old fashioned macaroni angel ornament.

It only took me 25 years to make.

But I think she was worth the wait. 

How about you?



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38 comments:

  1. I remember these! Yours are just darling, Kim and what a great title to pique interest ;)

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    1. Haha..thanks, Cecilia! I had hoped that would entice people to open the emails. Glad to know it worked! 😊

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    1. Thanks Deb! I had fun making an army of them!

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  3. Oh my goodness, they are so cute! I thought maybe garland, these are adorable.

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    1. Thanks Rhonda! Garland, hmmm....now you have the wheels turning!

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  4. How fun and endearing that your husband gets involved with the crafting process! Very cute angels. Took me back to when my kids made them at school and brought them home.
    Brenda

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    1. He’s a very good guy, Brenda, and quite creative in his own right. I should feature some of his projects sometime...

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  5. I have seen those before and they are still just as cute. I am taken with most things 'vintage' and these have that vintage look. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing your process.

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    1. Thanks Lorri! I have wanted to make a few forever. It's an easy process and a really cute result. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Very cute!! I remember these but have never had any. I bet there are some at craft fairs all over right now! Are your 20 angels going to be a choir?!

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    1. I should, AnnMarie! Music sheets for everyone!

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  7. Kim I am so glad the family did not eat the pasta. This was so worth it and yes, I have never seen this tutorial before. So thank you. I have to say I'm very impressed that your first angel survived 25 years.

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    1. Mary, I have to tell you, my husband kept trying to put the boxes in the pantry and my kids kept asking me if we were having pasta for dinner. It was a hard fought battle to get these babies made!

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  8. Ah so cute. Love this. I love all your sweet angels you make. I bet the kids loved making things like this with you when you taught school. Have a great evening.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris...they are very sweet and super tiny. I think the kids did like crafting best. It was certainly my favorite subject of the day! 😉

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  9. I remember making those as a child! Your idea for doing the hair was genius! They really turned out so cute. I would make some for here but well...there is Doofy and we all know that he eats trees and I know he would take great pleasure biting the the heads and wings off the angels. ;)

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    1. Oh, I totally get it Debbie! Our kitties used to climb up the inside of the trees and the ornaments would shake and drop. Definitely made decorating a challenge!

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  10. How cute! Their hair reminds me of a George Washington powdered wig. :)

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    1. Haha...you know I thought the same thing.

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  11. I just love this craft, Kim! They are so adorable! xxx Maria

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    1. Thanks Maria...I am sure you spend many years crafting with pasta in your own classrooms!

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    1. Thanks Deanna! A throwback for sure!

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    1. Thanks so much, "Andy"...you may just get one this holiday season!

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  14. Hi Kim, oh I found some of those angel ornaments that me and my sister made when we were younger. Some of mine kind of came apart. I will have to make them again!
    What a fun craft to make with a child and adults.
    Julie

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    1. They are fun to make, Julie! And you can give them each a different personality.

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  15. You seriously amaze me, lady!! I think you should go back to teaching kindergarten....either that or you need some grandkids!!! :)

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    1. Haha…I’ll go back to teaching!! No grandkids yet. I need to get everyone out of high school first!

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  16. Those are so cute! I don't think I've ever seen these. Do they break easily?

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  17. Absolutely adorable!!! Can hardly wait for to have a granddaughter around for us to make adorable little angels like these some days!! Thank you!

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  18. Truth be told I didn't know they were 25 years old...yikes, how time passes! I was very taken with these too when I first saw them. Yours are so adorable Kim. Love the "hair." You could also put glitter on them. I think I still have my pasta Christmas pin around here. Glad for the tutorial.

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  19. Believe it or not, Kim, but I don't think I have every seen a macaroni angel. I can remember a piece of round colored paper with different colors and shapes of macaroni glued to it that my kids used to bring. I think it might have been one of your angels that got loose in the middle of the freeway. Oh, that is mean, but I couldn't resist! It is too cute your angel. When I helped in classrooms before I retired I was give a little toy soldier made out of an old fashioned clothes pin. Fun memories..Happy Holidays..xxoJudy

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  20. These are adorable, Kim, and I've not seen them around here either. I'm sending the photo to my niece to see whether she wants to give these little angels a try. Did you consider using a piece of gnocchi instead of the wooden bead?
    Amalia
    xo

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  21. Soooo cute! But you obviously have a great deal more patience than I do! Maybe a 'macaroni angel making' party is needed and an assembly line of friends to help? Sounds like a fun party to me!! xox They are going to look so sweet on your tree!!

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  22. ;-) Well Kim, I have never seen a macaroni angel. LOL, and I love, love, love it. What a fun idea.
    I am making citrus garland as I am reading blogs. Oh my does the house smell good. I have sliced oranges with cloves drying in the oven at 200 degrees for 5 hours, the house smells wonderful.
    Carla

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  23. Definitely worth the wait! These are darling! My mom has all kinds of angel decorations and would love this. xoxo

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