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Macaroni (Pasta) Angel Ornaments

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Finished angels.

These are instructions for making macaroni angel Christmas ornaments. My mom Susan made these for all of her children and friends many years ago. I was a young child at the time and thought it was just about the coolest thing ever. Ornaments like these adorn our trees to this day.

This project does take some time waiting for parts to dry. I would suggest doing a few at the same time, step by step, this way when you are done you will have more than one and can give them away to all your friends and family.

The cost of the supplies can be expensive because some of the pastas are unique, but most are available in a good supermarket (you can cook all the leftovers!). You can make lots of angels or eat the leftover pasta. We've made these to look like different people.


  • wheel pasta (collar)
  • bowtie/farfalle pasta (wings)
  • elbow macaroni (arms)
  • Rigatoni pasta (body)(
  • Acini di pepe (small little balls) pasta (hair)



  • gold tempura/acrylic paint
  • brown tempura/acrylic paint
  • white tempura/acrylic paint
  • black tempura/acrylic paint
  • gold spray paint
  • white spray paint
  • gold glitter paint (for accents)

Painting supplies.

  • thin tip permanent marker or if your so lucky to have one, a wood burner
  • gold and/or iridescent pipe cleaners
  • clear glue
  • hair colored embroidery thread (for long hair)
  • natural unfinished wooden beads (20mm)

Additional supplies, pipe cleaners etc.

  1. Glue a wheel pasta on top of a rigatoni pasta. Let dry completely.
  2. Body construction, Rigatoni and wheel pasta.

  3. Attach two elbow macaroni to the sides of the rigatoni right under the wheel pasta as arms. Let dry completely.
  4. Attaching elbow macaroni arms.

  5. Attach a bow tie pasta to the rigatoni on the opposite side as the arms. This will be the wings. Let dry completely.
  6. Making body, bowtie wings.

  7. Once everything is dry you can decide if you want to paint the body or if you want to keep in natural looking. It is recommended that if you want to keep it natural colored to spray it with shellac so it won't absorb moisture.

Angel Heads (wooden beads):

  1. Paint the bead the color you would like, let dry.
  2. For short hair, put glue on the bead where you would like hair (leave room for face) and roll in the anici di pepe pasta, let dry, then paint it the color desired. These look good all the same color (see little gold angel).
  3. For long hair, put some glue inside the bead hole then take a few strands of embroidery floss and stuff it part way down into the hole, let dry. Then take glue and put it on the wooden bead where you would like the hair to fall, press the embroidery floss on to the glue, let dry.
  4. Embroidery floss for hair.

  5. Draw on a face with a thin tipped permanent marker or burn features on with a wood burner.
  6. Cut down one of the pipe cleaners and attach the two ends together to make a circle. This will be the halo. Glue to the top of the head.
  7. Macaroni Angel

Putting It All Together:

  1. If you want the bodies to be a different color than the head, make sure to spray paint them before putting the angel together. If you want them all one color including the head, leave off the halo and spray paint the whole angel, flipping it over once it is dried on one side.
  2. To attach the head to the body, take another short piece of pipe cleaner and put glue on one end and stick it into the middle of the wheel pasta. Put glue on the other end and place that end into the hole in the wooden bead, this will help secure the head in place. Now glue around the bottom of the wooden bead where the head touches the wheel pasta, for extra security.

Finishing Touches:

  1. Now your angel is put together and can be embellished with glitter paint if desired.
  2. Put a string through the wheel near the wings and tie the two ends together, to hang. Normally we use a very thin gold cord for the hanger, thin ribbon will also work.
  3. Angels hanging on a branch.

  4. You can make these look like your friends and family by adjusting the skin color, hair color, eye color etc. You can even write the name of the person on a piece of leather or fabric and glue to the lower part of the angel body.

Closeup of finished angel. Closeup of finished angel.

Craft By Susan Sanders-Kinzel and Stella Sanders Rivét



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By Lourna (Guest Post)12/06/2008

I love angels. In fact, I have a collection with this shared idea and procedure. I love to make lots of angels. Thank you Susan and Stella

Lourna from Sweden

By Lorraine (Guest Post)12/05/2008

Oh how beautiful these are. And for your generosity is sharing the detailed pictures of making them.

By Vickie Ford (Guest Post)12/08/2006

Our now 22 year old son did these many years ago in kindergarten, His were made of all gold. The faces were drawn with a permament fine point marker. I do these every five years for the children I teach in music. They think it is a very fineChristmas treat to take something from the tree! ""

By CraftyCritter (Guest Post)12/02/2006

VERY CUTE!!! My mom made our angels out of the compressed cardboard egg cartons and they looked very similar to these. Merry Christmas.

By Vi Johnson [231]04/22/2006

Hi Susan & Stella, I love that you did a great job of show -n -tell instuctions for the pasta angels.But you always do!
Here are some, the way I was taught . Thanks for sharing another way of doing them. HUGS, Great granny Vi

Editor's Note: Great Job GGVi. I love the little hymn books.

RE: Macaroni (Pasta) Angel Ornaments

By Jane Brinkman (Guest Post)12/23/2005

My cousins 'n I made macaroni angels 10+ years ago and each year we love thinking about the fun we had making them. One cousin wrote just yesterday, that a friend (whom she had shared this craft with) asked her 5 yr. old grandaughter to put the 30 new "macaroni angels" on a small tree for her. When finished...there they were, all clustered in one spot....leaving much of the tree bare. "Why didn't you spread them out a bit?" gra'ma asked. Because they're SINGING! They HAVE to be CLOSE together!"
That's so's my pleasure to pass it along
Blessed Christmas to ALL!
The Brinkmans in California!

By MM (Guest Post)12/13/2005

My mom had us making these 30 years ago. Every year we made a differant ornament for the tree. This year she celebrates her 80th birthday and my daughter is making 200 of them as favors for the party guests.

By Stacey Silva [50]12/01/2005

Those are so cute! It's amazing the kinds of crafts you can do with anything!

By Judy (Guest Post)12/01/2005

These are just precious! What a creative Mom you have! I'm going to try making these this year. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely craft!

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