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Pasta Angels


How to make Pasta Angels

This pasta angel is made from pasta shapes and a wooden ball. Add paint, facial features and a star and make a masterpiece. All instructions are included here.

This was our family Christmas craft for 2008. We liked the idea and ran with it creating lots of different expressions and personalities for the angels. We made about 15 pasta angels and gave these hand-made-with-love gifts to neighbors, family and friends. It's easy to set up an assembly line and mass produce them.

Pasta Angel Chorus

Pasta Angel Chorus

Pasta Angel Chorus


Materials and Tools


Rigatoni pasta (angel body) see note below

Bowtie pasta (wings)

Elbow pasta (arms)

3/4 inch wooden balls (head), solid or with hole*

White paint

Ultra fine point permanent markers

Fine point permanent markers the color of hair

Embellishing stars (or other embellishments)

1/8" wide ribbon (optional for hanging as ornaments)

*(if you are making the angels as ornaments, choose wooden balls with holes in the center)

Note: Different pasta brands sell different sizes of rigatoni. Look for a size that is 1/2" in diameter and about 1 1/4" long. Usually store brands are the right size (name brands tend to be smaller).


Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Small paint brush

These are the exact products I use to make Pasta Angels

Conductor leads singers

Conductor leads singers

Conductor leads singers

#1 Adding the head (wooden ball)

#1 Adding the head (wooden ball)


1. Hot glue a wooden ball to one end of a rigatoni pasta. Choose a piece of rigatoni that will stand up good and straight. Working quickly, squeeze glue onto one end of the pasta and glue on the wooden ball. Center the hole if there is one.

#2 Adding the arms

#2 Adding the arms

2. Using a small dot of hot glue, glue the elbow pasta (2 pieces) onto rigatoni. When the elbow pasta pieces are glued in place, add a little more hot glue to keep them secure. The "arms" can break off and need a little extra glue for support.

#3 Adding the wings

#3 Adding the wings

3. Glue bowtie pasta "wings" onto rigatoni. Glue bowtie about 1/4 inch down from the wooden ball. If the "wings" are too close to the wooden ball "head", coloring in the hair will be difficult.

Now you are ready to paint. Scroll down for paint instructions.

Singing Angels lined up

Singing Angels lined up

Singing Angels lined up

#1 Paint all of it

#1 Paint all of it

Painting the noodle angels

1. Paint the pasta angel. The easiest way to hold the angel while painting is to use a marker (or similar item) snuggly fit into the open end of rigatoni. You can then paint the angel without touching the wet paint. Using white paint and a small paint brush, paint the entire pasta angel. Let paint dry and add a second coat.

#2 Section off the hair/face with a thin line

#2 Section off the hair/face with a thin line

2. Add a line for the hair. Using an ultra fine point marker, draw a wavy line to mark where the angel hair will be. Scroll back up a little to the pasta angel chorus photo and look at some different ideas for the hair.

#3 Fill in the hair

#3 Fill in the hair

3. Fill in the hair with a solid color. The solid hair color can be colored in with a fine point marker, or painted on with a paint brush.

#4 Draw facial features

#4 Draw facial features

4. Draw in facial features. This is when the angels gain character. Use ultra fine point markers for facial features. You can add a singing mouth or no mouth at all. Experiment with eyes too.

#5 Add embellishment

#5 Add embellishment

5. Add embellishment. To add a star as shown here, glue one of the arms upward and glue on the star.

Use Ribbon to Make it a Pasta Angel Ornament


Here's how I make it an ornament. Cut a piece of 1/8 inch ribbon at least 12 inches long and tie a double knot in one end. The thickness of the double knot will prevent the ribbon from slipping back through the hole in the wooden ball. Then, using a long thin instrument (use whatever you have that will work), push the ribbon up through the bottom of the angel's head (wooden ball). Optional: Tie one more knot in the ribbon above the angel's head so the ribbon will not be pulled back through the hole.

More Ideas

Pasta Noodle Angel Xmas Craft

Pasta Noodle Angel Xmas Craft

Here are some other versions of the pasta angels. Above you see an angel wishing Happy Birthday, an angel with an attitude (hands on hips) and an angel orchestra conductor. Our 11 year-old made the conductor. How fitting to use a rigatoni that leaned slightly forward.

More pasta crafts

  • Pasta Pets
    This link provides pictures and instructions for making pasta animals with pasta and pipe cleaners. No hot glue needed = kid friendly.
  • Make a pasta snowflake
    This main idea is a starting point for lots and lots of snowflake shapes. These would make wonderful ornaments as well.
  • Alphabet Art
    Here's a cute idea for using those alphabet pasta shapes.
  • "Holiday Candles" made from pasta
    Now this is really cool. And it's the first time I've seen this. You can make what looks like holiday candles from pasta shapes.
  • Pasta necklace
    The example shows a pasta necklace with St. Patrick's Day theme. But you could easily change the necklace to any theme, or no theme.
  • Pasta Turtles
    Very cute!
  • Pasta Christmas Tree
    I heard about this from a friend and finally found it online. A colorful tree made from pasta shapes.
  • Pasta Christmas Elf
    The rating on this is "Hard", but I think with some thought it could be simplified. Hummm. I'll be thinking about this one.
  • Button and Pasta Snowflake Ornaments
    From SpottedCanary.

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Prem from Malaysia on September 25, 2013:

wow...cool...this is very innovative. Thanks for the tips

elizathielker on December 07, 2012:

Oh my god! I'm so making these! They're so cute and they're made of pasta and this is brilliant. I'm adding this lens to my Christmas lens, I hope you don't mind.

myspace9 on November 18, 2012:

They look so cute. Very creative lens.

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on October 31, 2012:

These are so cute. I'd like to try making these with my kids this Christmas season. Blessed!

Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on June 28, 2012:

Very nice craft project. I have added you as a featured lens on my Angel Crafts for Kids and Adults.

jimmyworldstar on February 03, 2012:

What a creative way to use pasta, I bet you can get all sorts of shapes and sizes from the different types of pasta.

jimmyworldstar on February 03, 2012:

What a creative way to use pasta, I bet you can get all sorts of shapes and sizes from the different types of pasta.

klaird on January 04, 2012:

Very Cute! When I initially looked at the finished angels, I would have never guessed that they are made from simple pasta shapes. What a great idea to do a family craft with these around Christmas time. I've featured this lens on my "50 Craft Ideas for Adults" page, although it's a great craft idea for kids too. Great job!

Mona from Iowa on November 17, 2011:

These are so cute. though they look like delicate work.

Crystal A Murray from Corydon, Indiana, USA on November 04, 2011:

Sent this adorable idea to my crafty sister to make for some relatives. I can hardly wait to see what she comes up with.

Craftyville on September 09, 2011:

I love your pasta angel, I used to make all sorts of crafts with pasta when I was a little one.

JJNW from USA on April 09, 2011:

*** Blessed by a the Craft Ideas SquidAngel *** for such clear instructions, awesome photos, and becuz we love angels!! I think angels are for ALL year long! My mother collects them --I love your ideas!

AmateurAtHTML on December 31, 2010:

Very cute idea. And pretty easy too. Great for kids.


Tarra99 on December 30, 2010:

Very Cute...my eldest gave me one of these this year...she is sitting on our tree right now :o) I like the conductor! Thanks for sharing...and thanks for visiting my "Top Valentine's Day gifts for 2011" lens...I appreciate it!

Ann Hinds from So Cal on December 19, 2010:

I'll join the angel chorus and bless this too. The pictures are very helpful. I also make angel pasta but you have provided some great links for other crafts to try.

julieannbrady on December 12, 2010:

Well, shall I send you my mailing address NOW? Love these!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on December 09, 2010:

These are so cute...blessed and added to my December Blessings lens.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on December 08, 2010:

Featured on my Angel Page too...this is so gorgeous I think I will try it with my daughter.

moonlitta on December 06, 2010:

Another piece of genius...

clouda9 lm on December 06, 2010:

These Pasta Angels are just adorable! I've made Garden Angels outta tiny terra cotta pots and other materials and use moss (from the tree in my yard or in bags in the craft store) for the hair...I think it would work well on these angels too. It gives the angels a wild little hair-do :)

Thanks for the step-by-step instructions and photos!

MargoPArrowsmith on November 30, 2010:

I can't wait until the grandkids get older!

scar4 on November 29, 2010:

I wish one of these pasta angels, so cute!

CozyKitty on November 24, 2010:

these are adorable! another great lens ...


anonymous on November 17, 2010:

Awesome idea,can't wait to make some!

manndtp on November 12, 2010:

Gotta head out and get me some pasta. Cool idea!

Linda Pogue from Missouri on November 04, 2010:

What fun! Pasta angels are a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Loretta from United States on November 01, 2010:

super cute! saving this idea to make with the kids later this month :)

Indigo Janson from UK on July 09, 2010:

These look like such fun! I had never seen them before. Love your step-by-step guide, it's going to be useful as everyone's thoughts soon start to turn towards Christmas once again. ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~

VarietyWriter2 on July 08, 2010:

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

puzzlerpaige (author) on February 07, 2010:

@anonymous: Hi Gingerjayne,

If I remember right I purchased those stars at Michael's Crafts. They are in the gems/embellishments section. Thanks for stopping by!

anonymous on February 07, 2010:

These pasta angels are just delightful! We will certainly be making them for Christmas 2010.

Wonderful photos, thank you SO much for sharing.

Where did you find those lovely stars?

Bless you.

ElizabethJeanAl on January 19, 2010:

I came across this lens last summer. My mom and I were going to make some pasta angels but time got away from us...next year.

Have a good one.

CherylsArt on January 12, 2010:

These are so cool! And definitely something to consider making for our Christmas tree.

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on January 02, 2010:



Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on December 25, 2009:

I have featured this at By Kids 4 Kids - A Group of Squidoo Lenses for Kids and I have sprinkled some angel dust (you can add a link to my angel lens if you want).

Patricia on November 15, 2009:

This looks fun!

Jeanette from Australia on November 14, 2009:

Too cute! You've done a lovely job with these.

myraggededge on November 14, 2009:

Very cute - my kids would love to make these.

anonymous on November 14, 2009:

These are adorable! Great instructions too, it helps to have pictures!!

bdkz on November 14, 2009:

Beautiful! I voted for you and gave you a Squid Angel Blessing : )

jgelien on October 19, 2009:

Unbelievable. I was given one of these adorable creations as a Christmas ornament years ago. It disappeared a while back and I have always wanted to know how to make another!

Thank you for the great lens.

ronpass lm on September 12, 2009:

Fascinating craft ideas - I would never have thought of using pasta this way - well done.

thewishpearl on September 11, 2009:

I love anything angel! I remember as a child attending arts and craft on Saturday morning, my favorite project was a cone shaped Christmas tree made out of different pasta shapes and then spray-painted in gold. It was beautiful! I love your lens.

hayleylou lm on September 10, 2009:

Always looking for new craft ideas for the boys and this one is a keeper, thanks

anonymous on September 07, 2009:

too adorable. You got my vote!

Spook LM on September 02, 2009:

Blimey, I thought it was something I was going to eat. They sure look good enough for that. Excellent lens and well done.

anonymous on September 02, 2009:

Hah, this is super cute! I'm glad I saw it. And - thanks for visiting my puppet lens of the day! Best of luck to you.

Kathy McGraw from California on August 29, 2009:

I am favoring this for my craft projects with my Grandkids.....I have one Pasta Angel that I got at a Craft Fair, and have wanted to make them forever. 5'd and fav'd

Carol Goss on August 29, 2009:

Wonderful, I think those Angels are so cute!!

Robin S from USA on August 24, 2009:

These are adorable!

anonymous on August 22, 2009:

Oh what a brilliant idea and so well set out and explained. SquidAngel Blessings for you from a wheatfree Angel ;)

momto4 lm on August 17, 2009:

What a cute idea! I'll have to try this with my kids. They love doing arts and crafts!

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on August 09, 2009:

These are really cute.

ElizabethJeanAl on July 21, 2009:

My mother and I made several of these while I was visiting her this summer. It was fun and easy.

Thanks for sharing


Treasures By Brenda from Canada on July 21, 2009:

Very nicely done!

Blessed by a Squid Angel!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on July 13, 2009:

just darling!!!

Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on July 05, 2009:

These are fabulous. i love your little angels. Your lens is exceptional. I am a noodle crafting fan.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on July 02, 2009:

I have never seen pasta angels before. great idea!

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on July 01, 2009:

This lens entered Fresh Squid Contest for July as one of featured lenses on Fresh Squid group in June! Come by and vote!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on June 24, 2009:

Welcome to the South Carolina Group

Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on June 22, 2009:

I have one of these hanging on my Christmas tree each year!

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on June 21, 2009:

Wonderful! Love it! So simple and yet so effective! Gotta show this to my husband (he's teacher) - he'll love it too! Welcome to Fresh Squid group! I'm really glad you decided to join us! And Blessed by an Angel!

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on June 16, 2009:

OMG! What a fabulous lens! 5*Fav! The step-by-step instructions are very detailed & well presented. What a neat craft for using pasta. Thanks for sharing! :)

eclecticeducati1 on June 10, 2009:

Those are just too cute!!! What a fun craft. 5*

ElizabethJeanAl on June 09, 2009:

Absolutely wonderful! I've been looking for some patterns to make Christmas ornaments.

Thanks so much for sharing


Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 09, 2009:

Adorable! Great job!

StephanieB-Writer on June 08, 2009:

OMG how cute! I'll be making some at Christmas definitely!

Annette Geiger on June 07, 2009:

Fun project! Makes me wish I had someone younger than 19 to do it with!

Annette Geiger on June 07, 2009:

Fun project! Makes me wish I had someone younger than 19 to do it with!

x3xsolxdierx3x lm on June 06, 2009:

Great job! 5 stars :) Come Christmas, this lens could be raking in the Google traffic.....just keep working on it :)

Everyday-Miracles on June 06, 2009:

Really neat! Thanks for sharing!

JanieceTobey on June 06, 2009:

I love these! I work with a group of homeschooled kids once a week. Maybe closer to Christmas we'll make some of these! That'd be fun! 5 stars

Joan4 on June 05, 2009:

Blessed by this joyful angel, for sure! This is so creative! I am going to try this! I had not seen pasta angels before!

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on June 05, 2009:

Now what Squid Angel wouldn't LOVE this lens? Well done and adorable!

I hereby bless this lens.

rewards4life info on June 05, 2009:

This is an awesome idea! Lensrolled to my crafts for kids lens. =)

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on June 04, 2009:

These are soooo cute! You're getting an Angel blessing on this lens...

GrowWear on June 04, 2009:

Such a cool idea. I love it!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on June 04, 2009:

Paige, this is wonderful. I can't wait to try to make these precious angels. Your instructions are fabulous.