DIY Macaroni Angel Name Tags

by Susan Myers on December 16, 2011

Create cute angel name tags with macaroni!  Loved making macaroni decorations as a child?  This takes it to a whole new level! Easy step by step tutorial.

macaroni angel nametags christmas

This past weekend was the Ornament Club party at my house where I swapped hand-made Christmas ornaments with 16 of my friends and relatives.  I showed you my Floral Ornaments last week, so this week I wanted to show you my hand-made name tags.  Now, I know you are thinking- what the heck do I need name tags for when we are all friends and relatives?  It is tradition.  We’ve done it from the beginning- 20 years ago, and everyone looks forward to seeing what I’ve put together for name tags each year.

So this year, I decided to go the macaroni way.

For this project I used:

Pasta- Rigatoni, Elbow Macaroni, and Bow Ties
Small Christmas balls
Hot Glue
White Acrylic Paint
Cardboard
Scrap book Paper
A Dollar Store Garland (or tiny ornaments for decoration)
Scraps of gold-trimmed wire ribbon
Sharpie
Magnets

Begin by assembling the macaroni angels.  Glue the Christmas ornament onto the top of a Rigatoni.  Glue a Bow Tie pasta to the back for wings.  Then glue an elbow macaroni to each side of the Rigatoni for arms.

Paint each angel white with acrylic paint.  (It may take two coats)

Add a few tiny ornaments for color.  In this case, I disassembled a dollar store garland, giving each angel a bell to hold.  For the halo, I trimmed the edge from a gold edged wire ribbon, formed it into a circle and glued it on the head.  The face was drawn on with a black sharpie.

macaroni angel name tags tutorial

The name tag itself was created by cutting a 1 1/2″ x 3″ piece of cardboard and wrapping it with a 2″ x 3″ piece of colored scrap booking paper.  The top edge and the bottom edge overlap onto the back of the cardboard where I glued them down.  I then glued the angel to the name tag, being sure to allow space for the name.

Glue a magnet to the back.  This is an idea my daughter gave me as her work name tag is attached using a magnet.  Simply include another magnet (which will attach itself to the glued on magnet).  The wearer will put one magnet inside their shirt and place the name tag over the shirt where the magnet is.  This saves from pin damage to nice shirts and is strong enough to hold even through a sweater.

macaroni angel name tag tutorial

Finally, I printed out my guests names on my printer and cut them out, glueing them on the face of the name tag.  To add a finishing touch, I cut a gold snowflake from the dollar store garland and added it for a bit of sparkle.

My guests loved their little name tags.  This project can be altered a bit to make a cute place setting too!  Simply cut 3″ x 3″ pieces of cardboard instead of the 1 1/2″ x 3″.  Fold them in half to create a little stand up tent and then proceed without the magnets.  They should stand up on their own and show your guests in the cutest way possible where they should sit at the dinner table!

Our 20th Annual ornament party was a resounding success.

The house all decorated and ready to go.  And my sister’s arrival.

The husbands checking out the food before the party started.  We actually had more husbands at this party than ever before.  I’m thinking that word of the decent food selection got around.

handmade christmas ornaments

And this year’s ornaments!  Another successful party!

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1 Anonymous June 9, 2013 at 3:46 am

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL IDEA FOR CHRISTMAS !!

I LIKE UR BLOG… I LIKE UR CRAFT

LOVE IT.. THANKS FOR THE PROJECT…

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2 teri December 9, 2012 at 4:54 am

I love your blot. You are so funny and make the best stuff. Thank you very much for the humor.

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3 Pat Sideravage October 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Great Ideas! Just found your site. Love it.

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4 Katie December 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm

These are darling! What a great idea!

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5 The Answer Is Chocolate December 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

How adorable are these! You are just genius!

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6 JLL24 December 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Angels would look great on the tree also, which is what I may do. Thanks, and by the way HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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7 Monica @ Equipping Catholic Families December 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

You've done it again!
I'm thinking I'd like to make these for my little kindergartner's friends at school…now that we can't send any food treats to school (not even candy canes!)
These angels are SO cute!!

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8 Daiane Cascini December 17, 2011 at 2:59 am

Achei muito lindo, postei la no meu blog.
espero que não se importe.
um abraço e feliz natal.

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9 Shiloh December 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Those are so cute! What fantastic name holders.

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10 Lori December 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm

So cute! I need to get busy. I'm a new follower. Warm wishes

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11 " me " December 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

such sweeties!!!

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12 chillin with Quillin December 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

the angels are soooo awesome, you are sooo creative, love the idea putting them on name tags with magnets, just awesome!!!!
Paula

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13 DonnaP December 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love this idea – I make place cards for everyone who comes to Christmas dinner – this would make a great one – thanks for the idea!

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