Monday, May 7, 2012

Macaroni Art

One of Baby Bear's newest vocabulary words is butterfly. Well... sort of. He calls them butts. There's a picture with a butterfly in the entryway of our house, and Baby Bear always wants me to pick him up so he can touch the "butt." When he sees a butterfly in the yard, he goes running after it, pointing and calling, "Buuuuutt! Buuuuutt!" Yes, I laugh almost every time. So, when I wanted to do a macaroni art project with Baby Bear, I thought he might enjoy decorating a butt... I mean, butterfly. ;)

To color the macaroni, I poured about 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol and a big squirt of food coloring into a Ziplock bag, added approximately 1 cup of macaroni, and shook it all up until every piece of macaroni was colored. I laid the bags flat for about an hour, flipped them over, and let them lay for about one more hour. Finally, I laid the macaroni out to dry for a couple of hours.

For the butterfly, I folded a piece of white sketchbook paper in half, cut out half a butterfly, and unfolded. I taped the butterfly to the table to help hold it in place, and then I squirted clear glue all over the butterfly. Baby Bear helped smooth the glue over the paper with a paint brush before adding the macaroni. I honestly wondered if he would have the patience to decorate the whole butterfly, but he loved it and covered the whole thing! I was also afraid he might try to eat the macaroni because he loves pasta, but he listened when I told him those were special noodles for doing art projects with, not for eating. He really had a lot of fun with this craft!

Dudes wear shades while decorating butterflies.
The pacifier really sets off the look.
I better make sure theses pieces all stay on by adding extra glue on top!


  1. Oh the sunglasses and binky while crafting really works for him!!

  2. The other day the Clubhouse Kids insisted they wear there sunglasses while we painted cardboard tubes. It was hilarious. Glad I'm not the only one who get to giggle at moments like that :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. I was thinking of doing butterflies next week and I'm loving the coloured pasta.

  4. So cute! I love the sunglasses. One of my favorite stages with Riley is when she had nicknames for things. She still has a tendency to call them by the nickname even though she can say it now. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!