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Friday, October 28, 2011

Colored & Glittered Pasta Pumpkins for Halloween

What is it about glitter that makes everything you add it to
look so pretty, sparkly & cheerful?!

We used those sparkly pasta wheels pictured above to make pumpkins!

Cute, right?!
Here's what we did:

Craft: Colored Pasta Pumpkins w/Glitter

What You Need:
pasta wheel
green food coloring
red & yellow food coloring - to make orange
card stock - for background
2 plastic ziploc bags
glitter - (optional but oh so sparkly!)

Prep: Color Your Pasta
 To make your stem - 
1. Add a few drops of green food coloring & alcohol inside a ziploc bag.
2. Add macaroni & shake to mix well.
3. Place on paper towels and glitter as desired & allow to air dry.

To make your pumpkin:
1. Add a few drops of alcohol with yellow food coloring & mix w/a drop of red to make orange. 
2. Add pasta wheels & shake to mix well.
3. Place on paper towels and glitter as desired and allow to air dry.
*Adding glitter while the pasta is wet will help it stick*

Once your pasta is dry you are ready to make your pumpkin!

What We Did:
1. Start by drawing a glue outline of your pumpkin (minus the stem).
2. Add pasta wheels fitting them as close together as possible.

3. draw a stem with your glue and add macaroni to complete.

The Oldest Diva made 1 large pumpkin 

while the Littlest Diva made 3 smaller ones.

It was a quick craft that both girls enjoyed 
and we now have fun sparkly pumpkins to display!

What We Read:

 Do you have a favorite pumpkin craft or book?



  1. I love all those orange sparkly pasta on the blue. They turned out great! oh never thought of using the circle shape pastas! They would make perfect wheels for crafts too!

  2. I love the glitter! How fun is that? Seriously, it's worth a little sparkly residue around the house when you've got such a cute piece of art to show for it ;)

  3. Bern, these are adorable! I think I have wagon wheel pasta in the cupboard, and if so, I know today's project! Love the glitter especially. Pleeease would you share this at my party?

  4. This is really cute...we love coloring pasta too. Would love for you to link this to Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!

  5. Thanks so much for showing me how to color pasta!! These pumpkins look AMAZING & I can't wait to make something like this at our house!! Thanks so much for linking up to TGIF Linky Party!!
    Beth =-)

  6. OH MY GOSH, this is the cutest craft EVER! I LOVE IT! Pinning this and will DEFINITELY be doing this next year.

  7. I found you through the TGIF linky party and pinned this idea for next year. So creative and fun! My Boogie loves glue and I love glitter so this is a win-win :) Hope you had a nice Halloween!


  8. These look great! My youngest loves the arts and crafts that use pastas, rice, etc.

  9. oh love this one! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

  10. I featured these gorgeous pasta pumpkins at TGIF Linky Party this week!
    Feel free to stop over & grab an I was featured button! I can't wait to see what you link up this week!
    Beth =-)

  11. Doesn't glitter just make everything so special??

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  12. Super creative! We'd love if you'd share with our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Happy weekend!

  13. When did you add the glitter??

    1. I add glitter right after the food coloring part - when they are still a little wet before drying so that it sticks.

  14. This is adorable. I'm missing the part where you add glitter, though.

    1. I add glitter right after the food coloring part - when they are still a little wet before drying so that it sticks.

  15. These are really cute. I just saw your post on Pinterest. Please link this to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 (now live).

    : 0 ) Theresa

  16. How much alcohol are you suppose to use?

    1. I just use a few drops of alcohol or even a few squirts of hand sanitizer will work if that's what you have on hand. :)

  17. I am finding that I had to add a lot more than a few drops of alcohol to color all of my pasta. I added several tablespoons in a ziploc bag and food coloring in order to color more pasta at a time. Also, I am having to let the pasta soak in the food coloring in order for it to retain the color. Did you have to do these things also?

    1. April,

      I didn't do a lot of pasta at once so that may make a difference. If you are doing larger amounts I would definitely add more food color and alcohol as needed to saturate. I didn't soak them in food coloring though. I shook the bag well do that everything was coated and took it out to air dry. The more food coloring you use the more vibrant your color will be.

  18. Thanks so much for this fun craft! I'm prepping everything for my son'e Pre-K class tomorrow and have to dye a LARGE amount of pasta. Found that using vinegar in lieu of alcohol works a thousand times better if working with large amounts. I went through two bottles of yellow and one red before I tried the vinegar so just wanted to leave that tidbit here for anyone needing to do a large batch :) Thanks again!!

  19. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your glittery pumpkin! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a fun project idea!

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