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Thanksgiving Pasta Canvas Art

Thanksgiving pasta art is one of those classic crafts that no one can seem to resist. It’s colorful, has great texture and the limit is only your imagination!


To re-create this Thanksgiving project  you’ll need

  • wrapped canvas (burlap or regular white canvas) – this is the canvas that’s wrapped around a wood frame making for quick and easy framing
  • a variety of pasta
  • gel food coloring
  • rubbing alcohol
  • glue
  • non-toxic paint

Start by dyeing a variety of pasta in different colors. To get these vibrant colors, squeeze some gel food coloring into a gallon-sized plastic bag. Add some rubbing alcohol to water it down a bit. Measuring isn’t really necessary: just add a bit, and if you need more after you add in the pasta, you can add more! Mix together through the bag.


Add the pasta and mix around until the color is evenly spread.


Place wax paper on a big tray with a paper towel on top. Pour the pasta onto the paper towel (this will soak up some of the excess coloring), then carefully remove the paper towel and allow to dry.


To create the final art piece, have a child place their hand evenly in the non-toxic paint and help them carefully make a handprint on the canvas. Let dry.



Have fun creating a turkey with all the colorful dyed pasta, adhering it to the canvas with glue.


Once the glue has dried, the canvas will be ready to hang and admire (don’t forget to add your child’s name and date!)

Allison Waken is a kids’ activity and craft guru always ready to try something new. See more on her blog, All for the Boys, where she features activities and crafts that inspire creativity, play and interaction.