Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta

http://ramroundupPasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta. Use colored lasagna noodles to create faux stained glass art!A classic art project for kids is the macaroni necklace and for good reason, pasta is a fun material to use in art because it’s inexpensive, the shapes are diverse and beautiful, and it’s so tactile. Recently the Rockin’ Art Moms challenged each other to come up with pasta crafts; we called it The Macaroni Challenge. Today we are unveiling the results and I have to day that these are some of the coolest pasta projects I’ve ever seen. And better yet, we want YOU to join us in this challenge by making your own pasta creation and sharing it with us! See below for details on The Macaroni Challenge.

To get this challenge started here is how we tackled it: Stained Glass Pasta

My first thought for the challenge was lasagna. It’s wide, flat, and I really haven’t seen many projects that take advantage of it.  I tried quite a few projects before coming up with Stained Glass Pasta. One of my issues was the fact that my wide noodles were prone to breaking until I stopped fighting that fact and used it to my advantage in the project. We used colored flat lasagna pieces to create faux stained glass. Hang these in a sunny window and they look really lovely!

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Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta

Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta. Use colored lasagna noodles to create faux stained glass art!


For coloring the noodles:

For the project:

Before You Start

You will need to have dyed pasta for this project. Watch our tutorial to learn to to easily dye pasta using food coloring or liquid watercolors. I recommend breaking the lasagna into pieces before dying it.

Project Instructions

Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta. Use colored lasagna noodles to create faux stained glass art!Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta. Use colored lasagna noodles to create faux stained glass art!

  • Step One Break your lasagna noodles into pieces. There should be a variety of sizes.
  • Step Two Color your pasta according to the tutorial above.
  • Step Three Cut out two matching sizes of clear contact paper, ours were roughly 10” x 10”.
  • Step Four Remove the backing from one piece of contact paper and tape it your work surface using painter’s tae. The sticky side should be facing UP.
  • Step Five Have your child place pieces of the colored lasagna on the contact paper. They can custom break pieces as necessary. Leave at least  1/4″ gaps between the pieces. You may want to show them some examples of stained glass to illustrate why.
  • Step Six Remove the backing from the second piece of contact paper and gently place it on top of the finished layout. Gently burnish the gaps with your fingertips to seal.
  • Step Seven Using a wide tip Sharpie, have your child fill in the gap between the colored pieces with black for a stained glass effect.

You’re done! Hang it in a sunny window and display!

Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta. Use colored lasagna noodles to create faux stained glass art!


  • The pasta will not cling to the contact paper but rather be gently held in place by it. This is good because you can move the shares around as you design. the flip side is your child may say” It’s not sticking!” That’s okay. sealing it with the top sheet of contact paper will trap the pics in place.
  • Adults/older children should handle placing the contact paper on top of the finished piece. It’s a little tricky to do and keep the pieces in place.
  • If you are worried about the pieces staying in place you can spray a layer of spray adhesive on the bottom piece of contact paper and again before you add the top piece. ADULTS ONLY should spray it as it’s an art material that need proper ventilation otherwise it’s pretty toxic.

Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta. Use colored lasagna noodles to create faux stained glass art!Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta. Use colored lasagna noodles to create faux stained glass art!

Looks Like

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, artist, and graphic designer who became synonymous with the Art Nouveau movement in the United Kingdom in the late 1800s. His masterpiece is considered the Glasgow School of Art, for which he not only designed the building but also the stained glass windows, furniture, and even the graphics. He was one of the first designers to create abstract and modern designs in stained glass, a departure from their traditional use in churches and cathedrals, and this is why I thought of him with this project. Another reason I love Charles Rennie Macintosh is because of the collaborative nature of his work. He was part of the Glasgow Four made up of himself, his wife Margaret MacDonald, her sister Frances MacDonald, and friend Herbert MacNair. The four colleagues collaborated on a number of exhibitions in Europe and helped define the “Glasgow Style.” One of my favorite quotes from Charles about his wife is, “Margaret has genius, I have only talent.” See more of his work here.


Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta. Use colored lasagna noodles to create faux stained glass art!

More colorful art projects with PASTA:

If you liked this project then the Rockin art Moms have 14 more for you to check out! Here they are:

14 Crazy Cool Pasta Crafts for kids

Art Bar |Art Assemblage with Pinecones and Pasta

Buggy & Buddy | Mosaic Art Project for Kids Using Dyed Pasta

Handmakery | Modern Macaroni Masterpiece

Pink Stripey Socks |  Pasta Noodle Macaroni Frames

Molly Moo | Painted Macaroni Necklaces

Tiny Rotten Peanuts | Macaroni Mosaics

Learn Play Imagine | Painted Pasta Art

Meri Cherry | Pasta Sculptures for Preschoolers

Willowday |Macaroni Pompom Flower Necklaces

Pysselbolaget | Pretty Pasta Pendants

Artful Parent | Pasta Art Activities For Kids

Picklebums |  Pasta Drawing Prompts

Mer Mag | Re-think The Macaroni Necklace

Tinkerlab | Spaghetti Tower Marshmallow Challenge

Babble Dabble Do | Stained Glass Pasta

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Pasta Crafts: Stained Glass Pasta. Use colored lasagna noodles to create faux stained glass art!




    • Ana Dziengel says

      You are too funny Karin! I guess it’s too many leftover lasagna noodles staring me in the face!

  1. says

    Oh my goodness, I must be over-sensitive! You had me tear up during the video ! These are tooooo super creative!!! BIG LOVE TO ALL the Rockin Art Moms! Xo Jeanine

  2. joyce says

    An attractive display…if the finished art can live through the child’s frustration in dealing with the stickiness of the adhesive paper, the control it takes to fill in all the spaces between the pieces, and the fragility of the noodles! But considering it was entered as part of a pasta art contest…yes, it’s unique and a winner!

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Thanks Joyce for the feedback! Our contact paper wasn’t too sticky so we didn’t face the same frustration but I appreciate hearing your experience!

  3. Peta says

    I dyed the pasta pieces following instructions but as they dried they curled so would not lie flat. How did u get yours to stay flat?

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Hmmmmmm….mine dried flat. I’m wondering if there might have had too much liquid and the pasta absorbed it?

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  5. Charlotte says

    I’m doing a similar project with my art club and if you use too much liquid to dye the noodles they will curl so be stingy with the food coloring! I’m finding the barilla no boil noodles aren’t translucent enough when colored, they stay really opaque, so I’m going to hit TJs today to see if I can find the ones you used as they look more like traditional pasta. I really don’t want to have to break the curly edge off of hundreds of noodles! We are using dollar store frames and modge podge-ing the noodles onto the glass and then using black puffy paint around the noodles after the modge lodge dries. 2 step project. Just leave the backs off the frames and hang in a window! They look really great and are a bit more finished and durable than the contact paper.

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Thanks for the feedback Charlotte! Did you break them first or dye them first whole? I found that dying them whole and then breaking them made for the most flat pieces. They did curl up in spots when whole but breaking them up afterwards helps.

  6. says

    Oh, wow, this project turned out so amazing! I think it is so sweet that you got to do this fun little project with your kid and that it turned out so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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