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Christmas Tree Pasta and Macaroni Craft

There’s something festive about crafting with pasta and macaroni over Christmas. This Christmas tree pasta and macaroni craft is fun for kids to make! Simply make them as art, cards or even glue onto cardboard to turn them into ornaments!

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This is the perfect craft for preschoolers to make, but kids of all ages will love it too! You can even add glitter to give them a little sparkle. Just add some glue when you’re done and sprinkle glitter on.

Another option is you can have kids glue on the noodles and then an adult can spray paint the finished pieces.

Pasta Christmas Tree Ornaments

Dying pasta noodles is actually a lot easier than it looks!

Painting Tip

You may think you have to paint each noodle – but we have a quick little trick. Just grab a sandwich bag, put all of your noodles in the bag and then some paint and squish around!

Once you’ve thoroughly coated your noodles with paint, lay them out flat to dry.  If any of the noodles are still “stuck” together they will slightly stick when the paint dries too. However, you can easily still pull these apart once the paint is dry.

Macaroni Christmas Tree Ornament

Watch the Video Tutorial!

Supplies to Make Macaroni & Pasta Christmas Trees

Here’s what you’ll need:

Fusilli Noodles (or any other long noodle like a penne could work too)

Macaroni Noodles

Small gold glitter stickers

Extra Strong Glue –  a tacky glue is great for gluing macaroni as it’s stronger and more durable. Hot glue is also great (adult assistance needed)

White cardstock 

Acrylic paint – green, white, red & gold. We also used “glossy paint” and found it gave the noodles a more shiny appearance.



You can make different designs or layers with the noodles you choose! Every Christmas tree ornament will turn out unique.

How to Make Pasta Christmas Trees

1. Paint the noodles.

You can paint each noodle on its own or use our painting hack above! Add a bunch of noodles into a bag and then add the paint into it.

Alternatively, you can have kids glue the noodles on and an adult can spray paint the finished pieces.

Paint pasta noodles

2. Trace out a triangle shape from cardboard.

Christmas Tree Cardboard

3. Cut out your triangle shape.

Cut out Cardboard

You can use it as a template to cut out more.

Cut out Cardboard Shape

4. Start to glue the noodles to the cardboard.

When gluing down, start from either the top or bottom. It will help to lay out your design first to make sure it will fit.

Glue each piece and be generous with the glue. Tacky glue is great for noodles, and make sure you allow the noodles enough time to dry before touching or moving them.

If it doesn’t fit, readjust the size of the noodles you select (for example, add more or less macaroni which are smaller). Or cut or break the fusilli noodle to make it fit.

Gluing Pasta Christmas Tree

5. Continue gluing on the noodles until the cardboard is filled.

We alternated the fusilli noodles and the macaroni noodles to make the Christmas tree. The macaroni noodles are meant to be the garland on the tree so you can alternate these going up and down to look like it’s a wavy garland.

Glue macaroni noodles to cardboard

6. Add a gold glitter star to the top of the ornament.

Add star to pasta ornament

7. Cut out a small rectangle piece of cardboard for the trunk.

Glue the cardboard to the bottom of the tree.

Glue cardboard to bottom of tree

8. Finally, hot glue a piece of twine to the back.

Glue Twine to Back

You can also make these into cards by gluing to a piece of white cardstock folded over.

And if you love easy Christmas craft ideas, be sure to see our macaroni wreath ornaments too!

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