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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Pasta Pets - Crafts for Kids

If you're looking for quick fun on a rainy day, just use your noodle -- elbow, bow tie or penne will do -- to make these posable toy animals.

Dry pasta
Pipe cleaners

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Create the animal's torso by sliding a few pieces of pasta onto the center of a pipe cleaner. (Wagon wheels are perfect for a chubby belly; rigatoni for a lean one.)

Then, bend the pipe cleaner on both sides of the torso to form a neck and tail. Add more pasta and fold the tips of the pipe cleaner to hold the pieces in place.

Bend the neck (between pastas) into a right angle to form a face.

To attach legs, ears, or horns, twist shorter lengths of pipe cleaner around the body and string them with macaroni. You can even glue on miniature soup pastas for a mane or fur.


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