So, I joked to my wife the other day that she was getting macaroni art for mother's day.
But, now I think it's serious, and it's what she's going to get. I want to do some macaroni art with my son (26-months-old), and I'd like some ideas on how to make the process... workable.
In my head, I was thinking of preparing some cutouts or molds ahead of time, so we only need to focus on the pasting of macaroni to the object and decorating it. I was also thinking of using something like Elmer's glue, but in a small dish we can "dip" the macaroni in to maybe contain the mess.
However, I'd really like to know if there are other techniques out there. I did macaroni art in Kindergarten, but not since then. All I remember is I made Christmas ornaments, and we also spray-painted them.
I would like ideas on:
- What to prepare beforehand myself, and what my toddler can do himself
- How to keep the inevitable mess minimized and contained
- How to keep my child engaged long enough to complete all or most of one objet d'art
- Types of adhesives/materials that work best (and are kid-safe)
- Anything I need to do afterwards, such as applying a fixative
- Things to avoid doing
- Do other noodles work well? We can get any noodle
Suggestions on things to make are more than welcome, but please don't make them your entire answer. I'd really like help with the technique.
I'm confident there are people out there with hands-on experience with what works and what doesn't work.