Pasta Angel

This is an ornament that the kids can help make. A nice addition to the tree. My version is rather unique since I use a tree branch for the body, a bead from an old car seat for the head, and popcorn for the hair.



  • tree branch about the size of your finger
  • bead for the head, any bead will do
  • popcorn hair
  • bowtie for wings
  • elbow macaroni for the wings
  • gold chenille stem for Halo
  • about 12 inches of red ribbon and a small piece of cardstock for the book
  • hot glue or thick tacky white glue
  • white acrylic paint and small paintbrush
  • Sharpies, red and black for face features


  1. Glue bead to top of branch. Add popcorn for the hair, arranging around the face.
  2. Glue bowtie pasta to the back for wings, and elbow macaroni to the sides for arms.
  3. At this point, paint the entire angel white.
  4. Using picture as a guide, make eyes and mouth with Sharpies.
  5. Tie a bow and glue under the chin.
  6. Cut a piece of card stock about 1/2x1 inch and fold in half for the song book.
  7. Wrap the chenille stem around a Sharpie to form a halo, and cut to size. Glue to the top of the head.
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  9. Glue ribbon to top of head inside the halo to form the hanger.

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By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas

About The Author: Harlean Greathouse is a mother of three who has been married for 45 years. Long time readers of ThriftyFun will probably recognize her as Harlean from Arkansas, the name she has posted under as a valuable member of the ThriftyFun community. She specializes in wood crafts and enjoys designing crafts using recyclable materials, knitting, crochet and has been an arts and crafts vendor for over 35 years.

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December 21, 20080 found this helpful

I make the pasta angels as lapel pins to give to my coworkers and for the grand angels to give as teachers gifts -I use all pastas:attached is a picture of the pasta, top row: rigatoni , bowties, and elbows, bottom row: 3/4 inch wooden bead, pin and acini de pepe pasta ( can also use cous cous or rice).


using a hot glue gun, glue the bead to one end of the rigatoni, the bowtie to the back, and the elbows for arms, then paint the hair with elmers glue and roll in the acini di pepe or cous cous, let dry and spray paint with white enamel, I use the clear glitter paint and do the tips of the wings, and the hair, then use gold glitter glue to draw a halo on top, and hot glue the pin to the back of the bowtie wings. the 2nd picture is the finished product they need to be done over 2 nights to allow the paint and glues to dry, the gals at work love them!

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