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Christmas Decorations: Pasta Candles Craft

Pasta Candles Craft

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Made of pasta, these holiday candles will cast a warm glow that won't blow out.


  • Manicotti shells
  • Jumbo pasta shells
  • Lasagna noodle
  • Acrylic paints and brushes
  • Green glitter glue
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue


  1. To create the candlesticks and flames, use acrylic paints to color three manicotti pastas red and three jumbo pasta shells yellow. Next, make holly leaves by gently breaking a curly lasagna noodle into small pieces and then coating them with green glitter glue (Plaid Kids Activity Glitter Glue works especially well).
  2. While the paint and glue dry, fashion a holder for the candles from a cardboard egg carton by cutting off three of the cups that make up one of the corners (leave the cups attached to one another).
  3. Turn the trio upside down and use a craft knife (adults only) to cut off the bottoms of the cups. Paint the holder white. Now fit the ends of the candlesticks into the cups and apply hot glue (again, adults only) to secure them. Then, glue the flames onto the tops of the candlesticks.
  4. For each candle, glue together three holly leaves and a couple of red bead berries. Then glue the clusters to the holder at the bases of the candles.