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Star Wars Macaroni Frames

Star Wars Macaroni Frames

Mother’s Day is coming up, and here’s a twist on the classic macaroni craft perfect for any geeky mom! Start by dyeing the Star Wars macaroni currently stocked on grocery store shelves, and add them to a $1 frame found at Michaels for a one-of-a-kind gift for a one-of-a-kind mom.

What You Need

Star Wars Macaroni Frames

  • Star Wars macaroni (found at Target and other grocery stores)
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Ziploc bag
  • Wax paper
  • Wood frame
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glue or glitter glue

Get Started!

The first step is to dye the Star Wars pasta shapes for a colorful frame. Fun at Home With Kids, an excellent blog for kids activities, has the detailed how-to that I used for this project. Separate the pasta shapes by type (or don’t, if you like a variety) and place them into the Ziploc bag.

Add a few drops of food coloring and a splash of vinegar. Shake the bag until all shapes are coated with food coloring.

Star Wars Macaroni Frames

Next, spread the Star Wars pasta on wax paper to dry. Allow the shapes to completely dry; we waited overnight to make sure.

Star Wars Macaroni Frames

While the pasta is drying, you can get a head start on the next step of the project. Use your favorite color of acrylic paint to paint the wood frame. My daughter chose silver, while I went with a bright blue that reminded me of R2-D2. A black frame with a glittery finish can really make the X-Wing pasta shapes look like they’re ready to take on the Death Star.

Once the macaroni and the painted frame are both dry, you’re ready for the next step.

Spread the glue on the frame to decorate it with your favorite Star Wars characters.

Star Wars Macaroni Frames

My daughter, who is a big fan of glitter, recommends removing the cap of Elmer’s glitter glue and spreading big globs to completely cover the frame. (A paintbrush works well for spreading it evenly, but don’t forget to wash it before the glue dries.) If the glue drips into the middle, be sure to remove the cardboard inside before it’s glued to the frame.

Star Wars Macaroni Frames

Finally, allow the glue to completely dry, and you’ve got the perfect picture frame for a Star Wars fan!

Star Wars Macaroni Frames

If you have leftover macaroni shapes, try adding some to the Death Star painting here on the st{art} button, or paste them on a piece of paper to inspire a galactic drawing.

Star Wars Macaroni Frames

 

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