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You don’t need a seashell collection to make this under-the-sea wreath — just some pasta from your very own kitchen cabinet! To make it even more realistic, head to the grocery store and pick up some pasta shaped like shells, seaweed, and coral (yes, these do exist!).
I spent the afternoon crafting this macaroni wreath with my 7- and 10-year-old, and we had the best time! They helped sort and lay out the pasta in rows on the table while I hot glued them onto the wreath form. Then we all worked together to paint the wreath’s base coat. Once that dried, they painted on the baby clam shell details. Then I filled in any spots they missed.
We had so much fun making this wreath that we made a second one for our friends at the Calvary Children’s Home in Powder Springs, Georgia. We hope it brightened their day!
It’s truly the perfect craft to make and donate to help brighten your community during the holidays! Give it to your local children’s or senior center, or even to your kid’s teacher for their classroom. It’s sure to make many smile from ear to ear! I mean, just look at this craft. Isn’t it neat?!
The Little Mermaid Macaroni Wreath
- Styrofoam wreath form (9-10″ is ideal)
- Low-temperature hot glue gun and glue
- Variety of pasta noodles (like orecchiette, maccheroni, campanelle, fiorelli, small shells, and large shells)
- Satin acrylic paint
- Plastic shell toy (optional)
- To make the base layer of shells covering the wreath form, hot glue orecchiette pasta into three rows, offsetting the shells in each row as you go. Leave the back of the wreath form plain, attaching the orecchiette to the front and sides only, so that the wreath still sits nicely on your work surface.
- Add a row of small shells after the 3 rows of orecchiette and then glue 3 more rows of orecchiette, repeating the pattern.
- Continue gluing orecchiette and small shells in this same way until the entire wreath is covered.
- Paint your pasta-covered wreath using acrylic paint and let dry. It may take a few coats to get every side of the pasta. (Don’t forget to paint the side and back as well!)
- Use a slightly lighter or darker shade of paint to add line details onto the orecchiette to make them look like baby clam shells.
- Paint additional pasta noodles, and a plastic shell if you like, to add on top of the wreath.
- Once all the paint is dry, use a hot glue gun to secure the pasta accents on top of the wreath. It can help to set up your arrangement to the side first, so that you’re happy with the design and shape.
- Hang your wreath on a nail or hook directly from the wreath form, or hot glue a ribbon loop onto the back if needed.
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