November 28, 2014

Vintage inspired craft tutorial: Pasta Christmas Trees

Full disclosure: I was planning on doing a few new handmade Christmas craft tutorials this year, but with the new baby and everything else going on in life, i just didn't have the time. So i'm re-posting the Pasta Christmas Tree tutorial i did before on my old blog.

Mod and Mint: Handmade vintage inspired craft tutorial - Pasta Christmas Trees
With this vintage inspired craft it is very easy to create a handmade alternative Christmas tree for the holiday decor. Just a few items needed and a little time. I remember making pasta crafts in the early years in Elementary school. I don't think we ever made Christmas trees, so to make up, i made three of them now!

You will need the following materials:
- Plastic or Styrofoam tree base cone
- white craft glue
- various shapes and sizes of dried pasta
- paint in color of choice

Mod and Mint: Handmade vintage inspired craft tutorial - Pasta Christmas Trees
How to make the pasta Christmas tree:
1. If you will use spray paint, skip this step and move on to step 2. If you will use craft paint applied with a brush, start by painting the cone in the color you want your tree to be. Let dry.

2. Apply glue to pasta pieces and place on cone in desired design. Push a little and hold in place for a short time until the pieces stick.
No worries if you see small bits of glue in between the pasta at this point.
Continue until cone is covered.
Let the glue dry.

3. Use the spray paint in the color of choice and cover the entire tree. For the trees in these pictures i used regular acrylic craft paint applied with a small brush. If brushing the paint on, make sure to get in between all the nooks and crannies, so no pasta color is showing.
Double coat is advisable.

Tip: When storing the Pasta Christmas tree, place it in a plastic bag. If a piece of pasta does happen to fall off in between Christmas seasons, you will be able to easily find it and glue it back on.

If you paint these in white, they almost look like porcelain trees. Pasta Porcelain!

2 comments:

  1. Could you use hot glue for these as well, or would it not stick to the styrofoam? These are darling!

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  2. Hi Kate! I'm not sure about the hot glue. Haven't tried it myself. I think it would stick, but my guess is that it will be too hot and might melt the Styrofoam.

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