Gifts that children can make for celebrations such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays or Christmas!

These inexpensive gifts are sure to be treasured!

Pasta is cheap and a great collage item. These gifts mainly use pasta and glue although they can be altered to suit the materials that you have available.

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Pasta Picture Frames

Materials:

  • 6 x 4” photo
  • 2 pieces of 8 x 6” stiff coloured cardboard
  • Glue
  • Uncooked Pasta

Method:

  1. Take one of the 8 x 6” cardboard pieces. Cut a rectangle shape in the centre of this piece leaving a 1.75” border.
  2. Ask your child to decorate this front part of the frame with the pasta and glue. This could be done in a pattern such as penne, spaghetti, penne, spaghetti for example.
  3. Leave to dry.
  4. Glue the edge of the photo so that it fits in the frame.
  5. Attach the back of the frame using glue.

Optional:

  • Use coloured pasta to create a different look.
  • Use other decorative materials such as paint, glitter or collage to enhance the frame.
  • Use a hole punch and string to attach a hanger to the top of the frame.
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Pasta Necklaces

Materials:

  • Penne Pasta (use coloured pasta if available)
  • Wool or ribbon

Method:

  1. Cut the ribbon or wool to the length required.
  2. Thread one piece of pasta onto the wool and tie to create a ‘stopper’.
  3. Thread the remaining pasta onto the wool. You can create patterns using different colours.
  4. Tie the two ends of the string together to create your necklace!

Optional:

  • Cut smaller lengths of ribbon or wool to create matching bracelets!

 

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Jewellery Box

Materials:

  • Box with lid such as an empty chocolates box
  • Pasta (plain or coloured)
  • Glue
  • Paint

Method:

  1. Paint the chocolate box to cover any brand logos or pictures.
  2. Use the glue and pasta to decorate the box.

Optional:

  • Use glitter, ribbon or collage to jazz up the jewellery box.
  • On the top of the box, you might like to use the pasta to spell out your first initial.

 

Spaghetti(108136)Credit: Merelize from stockvault.net

Name Plaques

These name plaques can be used to decorate the recipient’s bedroom.

Materials:

  • Pasta
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • 30cm x 10cm piece of stiff cardboard

Method:

  1. Write the name of the recipient using the paintbrush and a generous amount of glue.
  2. Place the pasta on the glue to spell out the name.

Optional:

  • Use coloured pasta or sprinkle rice on the glue.
  • Add some glitter after the pasta has been applied.
  • Use stickers or collage to decorate around the name plaque.