Monday, April 27, 2015

Macaroni Pompom Flower Necklaces

Flowers and fun! Do you remember making macaroni necklaces as a kid? Macaroni necklaces seem to go hand-in-hand with kids and summer camps to me.  I'm planning ahead and wanted to make a fresh take on the traditional. With Spring blooming around us, I started seeing flowers. One thing led to another and voila: Macaroni Pompom Flower Necklaces.  We just love them and I'm definitely adding them to our Summer Art Camp plans. I can't wait for you to make them too. I've shared complete directions below.

But wait: before you jump, there's more: Kids, Parents, Teacher, Grandparents: Today, I'm taking part in a Macaroni Challenge (details below) and would love to invite you to not only make our necklaces, but to share you're ideas, too! If you share your idea, you'll be eligible for a fantastic book give away.

Jump for How-to and Macaroni Challenge Details:

How to make a Macaroni Pompom Flower Necklace
Macaroni, dyed Macaroni, ribbon, pompom

For Macaroni Dye:
macaroni, food colouring, alcohol gel or sanitary hand gel, sealable plastic bags 

How to Dye Macaroni:
The first step it to dye your macaroni. 
Note: You can color macaroni with markers, paint them with hobby paint, dye them with vinegar solutions, but, for these, I wanted full coverage and used this following method. It worked great for us. 

To color:
(Approximately 2 Cups of pasta) Combine pasta with 4 T alcohol gel (or sanitary hand gel) that has had food colouring. stirred into it and blended thoroughly.  Mix to achieve desired color. 

Shake + Dry: 
Once the color is mixed, place the macaroni in a plastic bag, cover with the dye mixture and shake well.

Dry pasta by placing it on a drying rack and baking paper.

When the pasta is dry, you're ready to use it in the project. 

How to  Assemble a Macaroni Pompom Flower Necklace:

Use can use your imagination and the guideline is to use green macaroni as the leaves and a pompom as the flower. We strung several necklaces with multiple flowers. 

To make a Single Flower Macaroni Pompom Flower Necklace:

Cut ribbon to correct size for necklace. Remember to keep  ribbon a little longer for tying.

Tie one Pompom in the center of the string.

Thread each side of the necklace symmetrically.

For example: With the pompom as center, thread 3 greens on each side. Thread on one additional color; thread 3 more greens.

Wishes for Flowers and Fun. Use your imagination. I can't wait to add these to my Summer Art Camp this year! These are such simple fun and so cute!  Willowy Wishes! 

(PS. Technical Note: Due to technical problems, photos for the HOW-TO will be added at the end of this week.) 


Are you inspired to make something amazing with pasta? The Rockin' Art Moms are kicking off a Macaroni Challenge and opening it up to all! Kids, parents, grandparents, EVERYONE!"

Please join us by creating you own unique pasta project and posting a pic on Instagram, twitter, or The Rockin Art for Kids Facebook Page using the hashtag #themacaronichallenge

Challenge ends on May 10. During this week the Rockin' Art Moms will be sharing some of our favorite projects you've shared with us on our Facebook Pages.

All projects posted on the The Rockin Art for Kids Facebook Page will be entered in an amazing Rockin' Art Moms Book Giveaway. ENTRIES RESTRICTED TO RESIDENTS OF THE US AND CANADA ONLY. The winner will be selected at random from the entries and announced on Instagram and the Rockin' Art for Kids Facebook page on May 10, 2015
The Artful Year from The Artful Parent // Playful from Mer Mag // Tinkerlab from Tinkerlab // 150 Screen Free Activities for Kid from Fun at Home with Kids // Happy Handmade (ebook) from MollyMoo

I hope you guys try!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!
We can't wait to see what you come up with!"

Below are links to all the Rockin Art Moms in #TheMacaroniChallenge with me today. 
Go visit each of the on their blog for more Macaroni Inspiration and creativity!

Macaroni Project | Ana | Babble Dabble Do
Art assemblage with kids | pinecones pasta  Barbara | Art Bar
Macaroni Mosiac Chelsey | Buggy and Buddy
A modern macaroni masterpiece Ami | Handmakery
Macaroni Noodle Frames | Leslie | Pink Stripey Socks
Painted Macaroni Necklaces | Michelle | Molly Moo
Macaroni Mosiacs | Jeanette | tinyrottenpeanuts
Painted Pasta Art | Allison
Challenge ends on May 3rd, 2015. During this week the Rockin’ Art Moms will be sharing some of our favorite projects on our Facebook Pages.

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  1. I love the idea of mixing pasta with pom poms xx very clever and the colours are just divine xx

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! These were a bit of a surprise hit. I had really overlooked this popular material! (except eating, of course! :-) )

  2. Did you know we were going to do pom-poms too? We just never got to it. Of course they wouldn't have looked as beautiful as this!! I love your color combinations! And your photos are always so beautiful. You inspire, Gina!! xo bar

    1. ... we really need to live closer to one another! :-) I bet they would have been beautiful! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment, Bar.

  3. Wonderful, Gina! Wonderful! I love everything about your pasta project, the pictures, the colors, the kids!

  4. Just gorgeous, as always! My boys and I made some macaroni necklaces today, and they didn't look anything like this haha. :)

    1. You make me laugh! .. and these are rather girly... but. keep them all leaves!? perhaps and throw in one dandelion!?

  5. Beautiful, and not the macaroni necklace I remember making when I was a kid!

  6. May I ask where you got the pompoms? I LOVE these necklaces! Can't wait to make them at my library's Crafternoon!

    1. I'm so happy to hear this! I made these pompoms and like to use this simple technique: I'd love to see what you do!


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