I love how you can take simple supplies like everyday cardboard together with dry left-over elbow macaroni and make these beautiful, colorful Cardboard and Macaroni Christmas Baubles! A fun decoration for the Christmas tree!
Not only are these Cardboard and Macaroni Christmas Baubles really quite pretty, but I also love the texture that the macaroni gives to end result. This is a great craft for older elementary and middle-school kids to do, because they can form the macaroni in fun patterns.
But really, let the younger ones just stick theirs on as random as they want and see how it turns out. You could also dye your macaroni in different colors for another touch of color, and there are plenty of tutorials out there to tell you how to dye pasta.
For these Cardboard and Macaroni Christmas Baubles, you will need pieces of corrugated cardboard. We then took a glass and used it as our circle template, tracing the rim on the cardboard with pencil, because it’s all about using what’s around. Then, you’ll need scissors, acrylic paint, glue, a single hole punch, twine or ribbon for hanging, and, of course, elbow macaroni.
Cardboard and Macaroni Christmas Baubles
- dry elbow macaroni
- glass, for circles
- acrylic paint – assorted colors
- single hole punch
- twine or ribbon
- school glue
- black marker, optional
Begin by making your circles. I traced the rim of a glass onto the cardboard using a pencil. Then cut the circles out. Punch a hole on each circle.
Paint in your choice of colors. I personally really like the plain colored baubles, using the macaroni in like a snowflake kind of pattern. But see what you can come up with.
Once the paint is dry, you can use the marker to define edges if using multiple colors, if desired. Otherwise, begin gluing macaroni in your pattern of choice.
Let the glue dry completely. Once dry, tie a piece of twine or ribbon through the punched hole to hang from the tree.
And this fun craft is really just that easy!
I love finding new ways to get creative, especially around the holidays. Be sure to find more of our Christmas ideas at Our Kid Things!