Macaroni Lace Hearts (and embracing the imperfect craft)

As any mom of a preschooler knows, craft hour can save the day.

And, as any mom of a preschooler also knows, the less you spend on crafts, the more you can spend at the wine store on groceries.

Now, when I say “craft”, I’m not talking about the kind you save from year to year or the masterpieces you spend all day on and then shrug off with a wink and, “Oh, that? We just threw it together.”

I’m talking about crafting that you really do just throw together because sometimes you just need to keep your kid focused so you can clean your kitchen.

And sometimes you don’t care about winning Pinterest.And sometimes… macaroni art.

Macaroni Lace Hearts


I give you: the Macaroni Lace Heart. Much like pasta is a comfort food, I like to think of this as a comfort craft that takes me back to my own childhood, gluing elbows on construction paper.

Multitasker’s bonus: Not only is this project an exercise in creativity, but it’s an exercise in “let go, and let glue” for Mom.

Macaroni Lace Hearts


Just grab a box of the cheapest wagon wheel pasta you can find, along with some pretty twine. I got both at Target for about a dollar each. Plan out your heart shapes, then glue. We used a hot glue gun with me at the helm, but you can use a craft glue, too, if your kids are at the age to be gluing. Let your hearts dry, give them a coat or two of spray paint, then hang with twine.

The best part of this easy little project? My son liked it more than any other we’ve made lately. (Maybe because I wasn’t trying to take photos or ensure picture perfect results?) I came away thinking we could have added a little lace, a little sparkle….but you know what? My kitchen is clean and I’m going to leave well enough alone.

Happy crafting!




  1. I absolutely love it! I can see why it went over so big with your son. That is really neat!
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  2. Oh now that is way too cute. I love how easy it is to make and it really came out awesome.

  3. That is such an awesome idea!
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  4. I think it looks like fun! My daughter has been taping paper hearts to my walls to decorate. She would love this!
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  5. you DID glue macaroni like a boss!! i love it!!
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  6. Those are adorable! I like how cheap it is too. I could see myself making a Mickey version of this :)
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  7. So cute. I’m not a huge arts and crafts fan, but my son would love to do something like this 😉
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  8. I am so LOVING this craft! It’s simply adorable.
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  9. This is so pretty and I love the way it really does look like lace hearts!
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  10. oooh, I love how these came out… how cool and so much fun. Thank you

  11. I think this would be fun for a class project, but just one heart – thanks for the idea!

  12. I don’t have a toddler at home, but I think I would love making this craft anyway! Love it!
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  13. Now that is just too cute! And it looks perfect to me. I can see why your son loved it.

    • Thanks, Pam! I guess by “imperfect”, what I really meant was that it was simple and didn’t cause us any stress. We didn’t have to put much effort into making it “perfect”…it’s pretty hard to mess up macaroni and glue!

  14. I am not really the arts-and-craft type of a person, but your project inspired me. I believe it is very easy to do and it’s cheap too. So I will definitely try this one.:)

  15. Wow! that is such an awesome idea! I love it!
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  16. what a brilliant idea – pinned it!
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  17. These are so cool! Perfect project and very unique. Pinned

  18. What a cute Valentine craft. I would love to have one of those on my porch. Thanks for the idea.

  19. Not only do I absolutely adore the macaroni hearts… but I doubled over in laughter right after your first opening paragraph! Well done, thanks for the cheer 😉
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  20. I was just spending money at that grocery store this weekend, so we are gonna need some macaroni crafts to do while I drink, I mean, cook dinner and clean the kitchen. This craft rocks!
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  21. This is a cute craft idea. I think it is something that will look good around the house all year long.
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    • I agree, Janeane. I don’t think it’s so “valentine-y” that you couldn’t leave it hanging up long past the holiday.

  22. Oh wow! Now that’s cool and creative! I’m quite excited about Valentine’s Day. Wish I had a daughter to do this all with though.

  23. Aww, those are super cute!! Gracie would love making these!
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  24. This is so cute! I love that it looks like lace! I will definitely have to try one of these!
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  25. I love this idea. SO cute and perfect for kids.
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  26. What a cute craft! I use to be a preschool teacher. I’m sure little kids would love to make this! Visiting from #sitsblogging!

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