Rigatoni Reindeer Ornament or Pin

This is a good craft for the kiddies. They will need a little help with the hot glue gun, or you could substitute thick Tacky Glue. They can make it to hang on the tree or as a lapel pin.


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  • 1 piece rigatoni*, uncooked
  • 1-12 inch brown chenille stem
  • 1 small red bead for the nose
  • a pair of tiny wiggly eyes. Fig 1 Fig 2
  • 10 or 12 inches of red 1/4 inch ribbon
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • brown acrylic paint and a small paint brush

*Rigatoni is a pasta found where you buy spaghetti.


  1. Paint rigatoni with brown acrylic paint.
  2. Let dry thoroughly.
  3. Cut the brown chenille stem into 3-4 inch pieces.
  4. Bend one into a V and each of the others into an oval shape.
  5. Glue them to the rigatoni using Fig. 2 above as a guide.
  6. Cut the red ribbon in half and glue one piece in place for a hanger, and tie the other piece in a bow and glue top front of pasta.
  7. Glue on 2 tiny wiggly eyes and the red bead for the nose.
  8. Or you could leave the hanger ribbon off and glue a pin back to the backside and wear it on your lapel.

The instructions are also in a PDF file for which you may need Acrobat Reader to view. Download Acrobat Reader

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By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas

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April 21, 20080 found this helpful

This is really cute and wouldn't be costly! Great idea for nursing homes. Thanks for sharing it. HUGS

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April 22, 20080 found this helpful

Ha! So cute and funny. Nice!

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