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DIY: Mini Dimensional Quote Made From Alphabet Pasta


 
I really like all of the dimensional quotes and artwork that I’ve seen on Pinterest over the last several months.  Do you know the ones I’m talking about?  They’re made by writing out the quote (or drawing the design) in glue, and then letting it dry and painting the whole thing.  I’ve wanted to make one for myself, but right now I just don’t have the wall space for something like that.  So I decided to use that concept and make a miniature version using alphabet pasta.

The idea is very simple.  I used one of those cheap wood plaques that you can get at any craft store for about 50 cents (I think the one I used was about 4 inches square), and then I used tweezers to dip alphabet pasta into Mod Podge and then position the letters onto the piece of wood.


 
If Mod Podge filled any of the holes in the letters, I used a straight pen to remove the excess.


 
I didn’t do any measuring or marking for the letter placement.  I just kind of eyeballed it.


 
When all of the letters were in place, I mixed up some Mod Podge and water (about 1:1 ratio) and brushed it over all of the letters, getting it into the cracks and crevices, but being sure to smooth it out as much as possible.


 
After the letters were dry and securely attached, I gave it a coat of spray primer.


 
And then followed up with a coat of spray paint.  Of course, you could leave it just like this…


 
…but I decided to highlight the letters with just a bit of metallic craft paint.  I just used my finger to lightly dab the paint on the raised areas of the letters.


 
These are super cheap and easy to make.  Wouldn’t they make a cute gift for someone with a desk job?  You could customize the quote just for them, or add a Bible verse that has special meaning to them.


 
Of course, pasta letters aren’t perfectly uniform, but we’ll just say that the imperfections add to the charm.  🙂



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    Brandi
    November 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Clever, clever!!! I love this.

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    debbiedoos
    November 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Too cute! I loved to craft with pasta. What a great idea.

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    Colleen
    November 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I love this idea! It is creative and fun. I can not wait to try it.

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    [email protected]
    November 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Great idea Kristi, and sweet quote! These would be great for children to make for grandparents too!

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      JENNALACEY TYLER
      June 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I PREFER AN EASIER WAY DON;T USE THE HARD PASTA…LET IT BOIL TO A BENDABLE CONSISTENCY THEN TRACE YOUR WORDS OR ABSTRACT WALL DECOR WITH THE WET PASTA. LET IT SET THEN USE FOIL CRUNCHED UP TO COVER BY RUBBING FOIL NOT TOO MUCH. USE A ROLLING PIN AFTER UNCRUNCHING FOIL THEN COVER THE DRIED PASTA ART. TAKE A TOOL THAT ISNT GOING TO TEAR THE FOIL AND TRACE THE ARTWORK WITH A ERASER OR SOME KIIND OF TOOL THAT WONT TEAR YOUR FOIL.
      FASTER THAN GLUING HARD PASTA ONTO A BOARD ……………TRY IT, YOU WILL NEVER USE BITS AND PIECES OF PASTA AGAIIN, CUT EXCESS OFF AND FRAME OR NOT.

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        JENNALACEY TYLER
        June 20, 2014 at 10:04 am

        THIS CAN BE USED FOR ANY STRING ART ETC. LET YOUR DESIGN DRY BEFORE ADDING FORGED FOIL. HAPPY CRAFTING

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    jayne
    November 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Never in a million years would I think that that is made from pasta! Love this project, thanks for the great tutorial 🙂

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    Angela
    November 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    This is such a great idea! I am going to make some for my girl’s stockings! I think it would be a great craft for older kids.

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    SheilaG @ Plum Doodles
    November 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Such a great idea! Since I’m gluten-intolerant, this is the perfect way to have my pasta, hee-hee! 😀

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    Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips
    November 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I would never have thought of this. It looks beautiful. I like it better than the overblown ones.

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    Emma Briggs
    November 29, 2012 at 1:05 am

    What a nice tips you have here…thanks for the ideas now I will make one of this with Christmas theme…. 🙂 Have a great day!

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    Jean
    November 29, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Great idea! I love it!

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    Susan
    November 29, 2012 at 5:11 am

    No stinkin’ way! (Imagine me popping my hand to my head and saying “why didn’t I think of that!). I wanted to do this with foam letters on a $1.00 unfinished wood picture frame from Michaels – figured it would be a great craft project with my granddaughter and she could give to her mom and other grandma for Christmas. All the letters were way too big though and I had just about moved on to the good old standby of decoupaging 4×4 tiles.

    This is brilliant!

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    Runt
    November 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

    What a great idea! I love the way this came out. And this project would be a lot better for me because I’m sure me + trying to write with glue would not turn out so well! =]

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    Teresa
    November 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

    You have the best ideas! This will make an affordable and very personalized gift. Happy Holidays!

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    Lisa T
    November 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    This is adorable! I may have to find the time to make one for Christmas-thanks for sharing the great idea!

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    Jessica
    November 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Ummmm….AWESOME!!!! Can you say easy DIY inexpensive Christmas gifts for the girlfriends?!?!

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    Lolly Jane
    December 1, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Eek! LOVE it!!

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    Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel
    December 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    What a brilliant idea! Love the quote!

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    Colleen
    December 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    So cute! Love it!

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    Debbie
    December 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    This is just perfect! I love it and will pin to do in the future…hopefully with the grandkids! It turned out so cute.
    Debbie 🙂

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    Sofia
    December 10, 2012 at 2:33 am

    How crafty! Great idea, looks like fun too.

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    Vel Jaeger
    January 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

    What a great quote for the last day of the wettest January we’ve been having here in Florida ~ this is supposed to be our DRY season! Thanks for all the nifty production hints ~ if the job still existed, you’d make a great paste-up artist, back when we had to use this process for titles! I learned “re-purposing” found objects from my grandmother, who taught me how to make Christmas tree decorations from toilet paper rolls and red crepe paper [they were out in the woods on a hunting trip; I have no idea where the crepe paper came from]. Thanks for your generous sharing.

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    Lori
    January 20, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Love, Love, Love that idea. Been looking for the alphabet pasta…….did you seriously use the teeny tiny ones that I found online? I’m hoping you can tell me the brand etc so I can order some. I can’t wait to make some but I think my pasta is tooooo tiny 🙁
    HELP

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    Lori
    January 22, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Thanks so much (that’s what I was afraid of)….lol
    I’m definately going to give it a try, very cute. Wish me luck 🙂
    Lori

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