DIY Pasta Noodle Frame Gift Idea

I can not take credit for this as an original idea as two of my children did this noodle frame project in Kindergarten. I think it was so adorable and would make incredible gifts that I had to share.

It is also a very simple project that any age child can accomplish this with a little help.

This would work great for a preschool project too, using fine motor skills to pick up the pasta! This would make an incredible handmade mothers day gifts or even a DIY Earth Day Craft. 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts or DIY Earth Day Craft –DIY Pasta Noodle Frame

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts or DIY Earth Day Craft –DIY Pasta Noodle Frame

Tips for Making Homemade Pasta-Covered Frames with Kids

  • Choose a simple design that kids can easily follow, such as a pattern of alternating pasta shapes
  • Use non-toxic glue and supervise children closely while they work
  • Encourage creativity and let children choose their own pasta shapes and colors


The first one is great for Earth Day as you use cardboard as the backing. Design a large frame and cut it out of the cardboard. Best done with an x-acto knife and by an adult


PASTA PASTA, HIT THE CABINET for all sorts of shapes

Glue on all types of pastas to the cardboard.  The kids will have fun doing this.  


Spray Paint the entire front of the frame with gold or silver spray paint.

Once it is try, tape some artwork to the back and you have gallery art.

Told you these Handmade Mothers Day Gifts or DIY Earth Day Craft –DIY Noodle Frame were simple.


This next one is best for gift giving as it is small and you can make multiple frames in a short period of time.

What teacher or mother would not love this frame as a reminder of your child? Plus it costs no more than $3 a frame, if you already have the spray paint or you make multiple frames.

This was done as a class project for handmade mothers day gifts.

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts or DIY Earth Day Craft --DIY Noodle Frame

This frame was made with the inexpensive $1 frames you can find at Michael’s Stores. You know the ones, unfinished, no glass front. Feel free to buy a more expensive one with glass, the recipient will want to display your artwork.

Make it using the same process as above or

6 Creative Tips for Pasta Noodle Crafts

Homemade Pasta-Covered Frames for Mother’s Day

Crafting with pasta noodles, especially for decorating a frame, can be both enjoyable and rewarding. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Choose a Variety of Pasta Shapes: Pasta comes in a wide array of shapes and sizes, offering versatility in design. Experiment with different types such as penne, rigatoni, farfalle (bowtie), rotini, or shells. Mixing various shapes can add visual interest and texture to your frame.
  2. Paint and Decorate: Pasta noodles can be painted or decorated to match your desired aesthetic. Consider using acrylic paints or spray paint to coat the noodles in vibrant colors. You can also add patterns, designs, or even textures using markers, glitter, or other embellishments. Allow the paint and decorations to dry completely before assembling your frame.
  3. Use a Strong Adhesive: As with noodle frames, a strong adhesive is essential for securing pasta noodles to your frame. Hot glue is a popular choice due to its quick drying time and strong hold. Apply a generous amount of glue to the back of each noodle and press firmly onto the frame. Alternatively, you can use craft glue or even a glue gun with adult supervision for younger crafters.
  4. Add embellishments such as ribbon or flowers to the finished frame for an extra special touch
  5. Consider Different Arrangements: Get creative with how you arrange the pasta noodles on your frame. You can create patterns, borders, or even intricate designs. Play around with layering different shapes and sizes to achieve the desired look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match noodles for a unique and personalized touch.
  6. Seal and Protect: Once your pasta noodle frame is complete, consider sealing it with a clear varnish or Mod Podge to protect the noodles and preserve your design. This will help prevent the paint from chipping or the noodles from becoming brittle over time. Allow the sealant to dry completely before displaying your decorated frame.

With these tips, you can turn ordinary pasta noodles into a creative and decorative masterpiece for framing your favorite photos or artwork!


Handmade Mothers Day Gifts or DIY Earth Day Craft --DIY Noodle Frame

Have the child attach all sorts of pastas to the wooden frame.


Once everything is dry, Spray the entire frame with gold or silver spray paint. Definitely do the entire frame since this won’t be on a wall.

Add a picture and it is ready to give as a homemade mother’s day gift or as a DIY Teacher appreciation gift.

What is your favorite craft/ gift your child made at school?

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Handmade Mothers Day Gifts or DIY Earth Day Craft --DIY Noodle Frame

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  1. I know I am tempted to try it in Silver too.

  2. Wow, what an incredibly clever idea! I never would have thought of spraying the whole frame down with silver or gold spray paint, but that really makes the frame look so elegant and not like a kids craft. Love this!

  3. Can I ask what kind of glue you used? These are awesome!

  4. What a wonderful idea! I can’t wait to do this with my little one!

  5. I love this idea and so easy for the little ones. Thank you for sharing

  6. What a great idea. Perfect for my preschooler since its so easy to do; and I can do it with her. Thanks.

  7. That is so cute. Perfect for the kitchen!

  8. Very cute. My 5 year old would love this. She loves making DIY frames. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Great project idea. My homeschool is going to need a “make mother’s day crafts” week!

  10. What a great project for my 2 1/2 year old and I to do together! Thanks for the great project inspiration!

  11. that is brilliant! I love it. I can’t believe that is really just pasta! Super cute too!

  12. So cool!! My boys would definitely love to do this!

    From PDX with Love

  13. I know the spray paint really disguises them.

  14. Kerrie these would great projects for homeschool. Just don’t do the spray painting indoors:)
    The kids never touched the paint, but they were only in Kindergarten

  15. cant take credit for this one, my kids teachers made these when in kindergarten but so easy to make and you can make them in different colors to match decors!!

  16. This is so cute! I am definitely doing this with my son!

  17. This is the best pasta frame I’ve even seen before.

  18. This is so awesome! My kids would love to make something like this. It took me forever to figure out that there were noodles on the frame, lol.

  19. love this idea – I didn’t realize it was pasta noodles at 1st!