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Painted Bow Tie Pasta Art #kidsinthekitchen

Going to the grocery store can be really inspiring for art and creativity. Our last trip motivated this new art piece in the kitchen. Bow Tie Pasta is not only a tasty addition to salads and soups its utterly adorable in shape. Shae and I created this Painted Bow Tie Pasta Art for the kitchen.Painted Bow Tie Pasta Art #kidsinthekitchen

Using mine and Sabreena’s wide array of nail polish choices gave us an endless rainbow of colors to paint the bow ties. The drying time took the longest time and the fumes sometimes were a bit much as both Shae and I had multiple bottles open at once.  I encourage this be done in a well ventilated room and with adult supervision.

Materials Needed

  • Bow Tie Pasta
  • nail polish in multiple colors
  • school glue
  • paper
  • Canvas Board or Frame with glass missing
  • Permanent Craft Adhesive like Beacon Quick Grip or hot glue
  • Lettering of choice


Start with choosing your bow ties. I went with a uniform look because I knew they would be displayed. Check for broken edges or curled edges.

Using just a tiny dab of school glue, attach each bow tie to a piece of scrap paper. Doing this gives a stable foundation to  let you paint.Painted Bow Tie Pasta Art #kidsinthekitchen

Choose your paint colors and give each pasta shape 2-3 coats. Top come off with glittery or shiny topcoats for added dimension.

Once they’ve completely dried and your happy with the coverage carefully peel them off the scrap paper. Remove as much residual paper as possible but this side won’t be seen.

Arrange your painted bows on your final canvas or frame and then adhere them.  Let this set till the glue is completely dried.

Painted Bow Tie Pasta Art #kidsinthekitchen

Add lettering or stickers of your choice. I added Let’s Eat but Play With Your Food was another phrase I  liked.

I cut my letters out on my Silhouette then mod podged them onto the board. Just 2 coats was all that was needed. This was ready to hang then next day.  This is a great rainy or snow day activity for even little hands working on fine motor skills.

After painting we tried adding polka dots and stripes with markers. They didn’t stick. I think toothpicks or super small paint brushes dipped in nail color would work very well to get those details.Painted Bow Tie Pasta Art #kidsinthekitchen

Skip the nail polish and fumes and go for acrylics or poster paints. We used nail polish for the bright intense hues and shiny finish. Painted Bow Tie Pasta Art #kidsinthekitchen
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  1. thank you for hosting! happy heart day 🙂

  2. Melinda! This is the cutest thing EVER! I love it. What a fun project. Very creative and pretty!

  3. OMgosh, these are the cutest thing ever, and you might have just saved me, at some point next week (we’ve had multiple snow days in a row this week, and next week is winter break) from going completely insane with two small children running around! Now I have something else, something AWESOME, to add to our roster of things to do!

  4. Nail polish! That’s positively brilliant! That is so cute, Melinda!

  5. This came out so cute!

  6. I’ve never thought of using nail polish as an art supply like this. So often we have multiples (or colors we don’t like) that came in sets of polish and they just sit around… unused… until we pitch them. What a great use for them!

  7. Pinned this for later. My little one would love a fun project like this. 🙂

  8. Now that is one creative idea! I love all those bows.

  9. Lisa McCrory Johnston says

    This is adorable! I love it. I bet my daughter would like doing this!

  10. This is so cute! I never would have thought of using nail polish to paint them.

  11. Barbara @ Homeroom At Home says

    Never would have thought to use nail polish. Great idea. now I want to paint something, thinking of all those unused colors in my makeup stash. lol

  12. That is so cute!!

  13. That is such an awesome idea and looks great!

  14. I LOVE how this turned out! SUPER cute! I bet you could use acrylic paints, too, yes?

  15. I think I would like to try this with a real hair bow!

  16. I never would have thought to use nail polish! I bet I have tons of it lying around some where from the “time before kids” when I painted my nails! This is a great use for all of it!

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