crib time

Posted in crib, diy by martalorenza on December 14, 2011

Here is a nice little crib made of pasta and polystyrene.

“Dear Raffa, can you suggest something I can make with the children in my catechism group?”

Hurray! I’ve wanted to make a crib out of pasta for ages!


Glue; polystyrene balls; a brush; a little pen; cotton buds.

Pasta: Mezzi rigatoni and orecchiette (bodies); Farfalle (wings and the manger); Lasagne (the stable); Small pasta soup shapes Pastina tempestina e anellini (for hair); other kinds of small pasta Conchigliette, Ditalini, Capricciosa (other various decorations). 

Ask mum to let you use the open packs you have at home and only buy the ones you don’t have (this way you’ll spend less money).

 1)      Cut a farfalla into two halves and stick one to the center of another one, so as to create Jesus’ manger and halo. Stick both an orecchietta (Baby Jesus’ body) and a 1.5 cm little ball on it.

2)      To make Virgin Mary, stick a ditalino on an oreccheitta, then a second orecchietta as her cape and a 2 cm ball.

3)      The little angles are made with an orecchietta, too.

4)      For St. Joseph, the shepherds and the big angles stick a 2 cm little ball on mezzi rigatoni. Stick a farfalla and some stars to the angels and little sticks of either of capricciosa or tagliatelle to the shepherds.

5)      For the sheep, stick the top of a cotton bud on a little ball. The ears are made with either a woollen thread or a piece of cloth. For their hooves use 4 tubettini.

6)      For the hair, spread some glue with the brush and then stick on some small pasta (either anellini or tempestina). Draw the faces yourself.

7)      Make the stable with pieces of lasagna, capricciosa or rigatoni. For the base use another lasagna. Stick some stars both on the stable and on the ground. You can create a snow effect by adding a bit of sugar to some flour and sprinkling it over.  The sugar makes the flour sparkle .

 N.B. You just need a chocolate to transform an angel into a little gift!

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