DIY Play Food: A Pan of Pasta |Keeping it Real

Monday, January 11, 2016

DIY Play Food: A Pan of Pasta

Welcome to another post in the DIY Play Food Series. I have lots and lots of play food ideas to share, but it takes me a while to round them up and get them ready. 

Today I bring you a Pan of Pasta. Felt pasta, of course.

DIY play food: felt pasta

Felt pasta is one of the easiest play foods to make, and also one the kids can easily relate to, so here's a small tutorial on how to make three types of pasta: 

DIY play food: felt pasta

All made of felt and all ready to be played with.



All you need are bits of felt in the right colors (scraps work wonderfully) and matching sewing thread (only for the rigatoni and the farfalle; the spaghetti is no sew). 

Let's start with spaghetti, which is the easiest one. Pick a bit of felt with the right length (compare it with real spaghetti if you need) and just cut thin, long, strips of felt. 

DIY play food: felt pasta




I used my cutting pad + rotary cutter but scissors work well too, just try to keep the cutting lines as straight as possible. 

And that's it, you just need to cut enough strips to make the spaghetti look realistic enough.

DIY play food: felt pasta
 

Now onto the rigatoni. Cut rectangles of felt about 6 x 5 centimeters long. 

DIY play food: felt pasta

Join the longest sides (without overlapping) and sew to form a tube. 

DIY play food: felt pasta


Make lots more...

DIY play food: felt pasta



And finally, the farfalle. You need rectangles of felt similar to the ones used for the rigatoni (6 x 4 centimeters is what I used) but the short sides should be cut with pinking shears for the zig-zag effect. 

DIY play food: felt pasta




In this case, because my kids love the colorful pasta, I decided to add two more colors, but it's really your choice. 

To create the farfalle shape, fold the felt in half, as show below: 

DIY play food: felt pasta



And then fold each of the edges down in the opposite direction: 

DIY play food: felt pasta



Sew in place with matching thread: 

DIY play food: felt pasta



Make as many as you want and as colorful as you like.

DIY play food: felt pasta



It's totally optional, but you can cut a bit of red felt to create something similar to tomato sauce. I freehanded two shapes, left one simple and glued bits of yellow felt over the other because my daughter wanted shredded cheese on top...

DIY play food: felt pasta


And now you are ready for your play pasta meal to start. 

DIY play food: felt pasta

Set the table...

DIY play food: felt pasta
 
 ...pick you favorite...

DIY play food: felt pasta




...and just have fun!

DIY play food: felt pasta



I love playing with felt food too, can you tell?


PLEASE NOTE: the small size and the similarity to real food don't make these appropriate for toddlers, so take the recipient's age into account when making felt food either for your children or to give as a gift.


Like the idea of making felt play food? Check out the other posts in the series: 


http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/12/diy-play-food-felt-christmas-cookies.html

Have a fantastic week!


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28 comments:

  1. This is too cute! My 7 year old would love it.

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    1. Even I love it! Felt play food is great, I just wish I had more time to make it! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. This is SO adorable!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  3. So very cute and creative! The farfalle would also make nice hairbows. . .as long as the kids didn't try to substitute real pasta! :)

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    1. That's why I said this was not appropriate for smaller children, because it looks too close to real food...Great idea for the hair bows!

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  4. Oh my gosh, these are just too cute! I'm pinning for later because they're adorable! Ray xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

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    1. And they're really easy to make! Thank you for stopping by Sarah!

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  6. This is so cute and you are so clever! What a treat for the kids to have a play "pasta dinner party"! I love it! Thanks for much for linking to What'd You Do This Weekend.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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  7. This looks like so much fun! I am going to have to pin this for later use when I have kids of my own! Thank you for linking up with us at the Tips and Tricks Link Party! I cannot wait to see what you have for us next week!

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  8. What a fun and cute idea! My girls would have loved this when they were younger! #SmallVictories

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    1. I'm guessing all girls love it! Thank you for visiting, and have a great weekend!

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  9. So darn cute! What a great birthday gift this would be for a child!

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  10. oh gosh I love the pasta, we have two bits already that came with the IKEA play food we have and I wanted more but didn't realise it would be so easy to make. I'm sure even I can achieve this :-) #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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    1. It's very easy, you can do it! Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. These are really adorable. Thanks for linking up at the Let's Get Real Weekly Link Party #124. Pinning and tweeting!

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  12. I would have LOVED to have these when I was little! Such a fun idea. Pinning to share. We appreciate you linking up your posts with us for Snickerdoodle Sunday!
    ~Laurie

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    1. I would to...though now I get to "play" with them anyway...Thank you for stopping by Laurie!

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  13. Oh this is so cute! If we had a play kitchen I'd totally want this in there for my kids!

    Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

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  14. Too Cute!! By the time your done you will have a whole play grocery store!! :-) Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday and I hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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    1. Ah, my daughter does want me to create a play grocery store for her. I've even googled around and printed some play money for my kids to use...

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