So what do you do when you have several pounds of dyed pasta laying around from a previous tutorial? If you are like me, you leave the mass of colorful bits on your art table until inspiration strikes. Such as when you pull out an embroidery hoop for another project and then start gluing pasta to it. I mean isn’t that the logical thing to do?
In any event you might already know I love suncatchers so of course we turned our pasta into a suncatcher craft for kids; the translucency of the pasta makes it looks especially pretty as light filters through it.
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Pasta Suncatcher Craft
Learn how to dye your pasta here:
- Step One Pour glue in the bottom of a lid. The more glue, the more sturdy your final suncatcher will be. If doing the lid/hoop version run a thick bead of glue around the edge of the lid/hoop.
- Step Two Add your pasta! The hoop lid version is suitable only for long pasta shapes that can span the open center.
- Step Three Let dry. Depending on how much glue you used, these will take a few days to completely dry. The hoop ones will only take a couple hours to dry.
- Step Four When completely dry, gently pop your suncatcher out of the lid and hang it in a window!
- Be sure to use heavy-duty tape when hanging these! They do have some weight to them and will shatter if dropped. I recommend hanging them with duct tape.
- Larger pasta shapes may crack as the glue dries and shrinks. Smaller shapes are sturdier and resist cracking.
- You may also leave the suncatcher in the lid if it is particularly delicate or you used small amount of glue.
Serghei Pakhomoff Artist Serghei Pakhomoff crates miniatures using pasta! His creations take hours to make and are brilliant in their repurposing of different pasta shapes to mimic real life items. His work shows that you can get creative with just about anything if you really look at in a new light! You can see some of his masterful creations here.
Conclusion & More
Now you know what we do with pasta around our house ….. I think these turned out quite lovely and our whole family got in on the action, from my daughter and me to my mother-in-law, no one could resist a mountain of colorful pasta!
If you are suncatcher obsessed like I am be sure to check out these projects:
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