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Macaroni Art Box

Dried pasta crafts are a great way to save money and skip a trip to the craft store! You might remember crafting with food as a child, but there's nothing juvenile about this Macaroni Art Box from Heidi Borchers. Use this crafty box to stay organized or store important items

Macaroni and Pasta Art Box


  • Box - wood or paper mache
  • Aleene's Tacky Glue
  • Pasta - various shapes and sizes
  • Water bottle caps (for box legs)
  • Paint (I used glossy white spray paint)
  • Cardboard from cereal box (for flower)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


  1. Cut a circle from cardboard (my circle is approximately 3-1/2″). Glue the pasta shapes onto the circle. Set aside to dry.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art Box
  2. Apply glue onto the pasta and adhere onto the side and top of the box lid.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art Box
  3. Place lid onto the box and trace a line with pencil where the lid sits on box.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art Box
  4. In order for the lid to fit properly, when gluing the pasta onto the box bottom, do not glue over this line. Continue gluing pasta on the box bottom until completely covered. Set aside to dry.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art Box
  5. Glue and place pasta flower onto the top of lid. Glue leaves pattern on using the penne pasta and the small pasta shells.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art Box
  6. Glue linguini onto the remaining area of the box.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art
  7. For each leg, glue 2 large lids together and one small lid to the top. Let dry.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art Box
  8. Glue legs to the bottom of the box.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art Box
  9. Let box with legs dry completely overnight.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art Box
  10. Spray entire box with desired color. Let dry.

    Macaroni and Pasta Art Box

For a video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Macaroni Art Box.

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OMG! I can not believe that this is macaroni art!. Wow! I am at a loss for words.

Growing up I did my fair share of macaroni art and jewelry but this project takes the cake. I can remember the elbow being a major player back in the day. Now there are so many shapes to use the sky is the limit. The application of paint just brings it all together.

This is very fascinating! I love to try this project. Maybe it would look better if it was not painted. Or maybe combination of colors will make it look chick. Good thing that the materials needed can be seen at home. You can easily replace broken pasta. lol

Tristan Craft

Wow that's incredible! Never seen such pretty macaroni craft work!


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