Sunday, October 5, 2008

Columbus Day Crafts

As we all know, Columbus Day is coming up and it's a great opportunity for us to celebrate our Italian Heritage. Wondering what to do? How about some fun holiday crafts:

Colored Pasta Flags

A great way to teach the kids colors, types of pasta,
and even the flags!

Soak dried pasta in a bowl of water and a few drops of food
coloring for 1-2 minutes.
Remove pasta, drain on a paper towel. (Repeat this step with a variety of pastas and colors)

Glue the colored pasta on cardboard in the design of the Italian and American flags, using fettucine as the flagpole.

Display as Columbus Day decoration!

Easy Italian Coasters

These are the easiest thing to make, and would be a great favor/giveaway for your guests. You can find tiles like these for 35 cents, paint them, and seal them with a spray polyurethane. Line the bottom with felt (glue it on) and you're good to go!

Italia Trivets

These can become a really classy creation. Find your favorite photo of Italy, or paint your own. When you paint it or glue it onto the tile, spray with two coats of polyurethane spray. Let dry. Line the bottom with felt. The perfect trivet for those hot pots of pasta!

Crafts are a great learning tool for kids and adults alike! These simple crafts with an Italian twist will make Columbus Day a feast to remember! Check out more celebration ideas here.


american girl in italy said...

i love your crafty ideas! I want to make the coasters. good idea!

i look forward to reading your blog! :OD

una mamma italiana said...

Mille grazie!
They are so easy, just make sure you seal them with the poly spray. I gave them to my younger brother as a housewarming gift:)
Keep checking for lots of cute crafts...Ciao!

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Anonymous said...

Hi love your pasta flag! How did you turn the pasta white? Is there a way to dye it or did you just paint over the top?

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