Use Pasta Shells to Make a Frame Inspired by The Little Mermaid

Dive in and celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid with a DIY picture frame made from pasta shells and paints. Keep reading to find out how to make your own!

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What You’ll Need

  • Wood frame
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint (teal, aqua, green, purple, lavender, pink, red, glitter)
  • Small pasta shells
  • Large pasta shells
  • Orecchiette
  • Cavatelli
  • Torchiette
  • White glue
  • White cardstock
  • Ariel silhouette PDF
  • Pearls & Dinglehopper
  • Hot glue
  • Wood block
  • Hinge

How To Make It

  1. Paint wooden frame with aqua paint. Let dry completely.
  2. Paint large pasta shells red, and paint small pasta shells pink. Paint orecchiette teal, dark teal, and purple. Let dry completely.
  3. Create pasta seaweed by hot gluing 3-4 torchiette pieces together into one long piece, and then hot glue various cavatelli on as the leaves. Paint green, add glitter, and let dry completely.
  4. Trace and cut out a circle shape for the center of the frame. Use white glue to attach. Let dry completely.
  5. Hot glue large pasta shells into a star shape.
  6. Hot glue small pasta shells into a star shape.
  7. Hot glue pearls into the center of each star shape.
  8. Hot glue pasta “seaweed” onto either side of the large star shape.
  9. Hot glue orecchiette around the remaining sections of the frame, layering the shells slightly over one another.
  10. Hot glue the dinglehopper onto the frame.
  11. Download, print and carefully cut out the Ariel silhouette and glue onto a white cardstock.
  12. Hot glue hinge to a wood block and let dry. Next hot glue the other end of the hinge to the back of frame. Let dry completely before displaying.


All hot gluing should be done by an adult.

Posted 2 years Ago
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