You've got your perfect Play Kitchen all picked out and ready to be opened on Christmas morning. Now it's time to fill your kitchen with accessories and food! Your little ones love to emulate what you're doing in your kitchen, so giving them realistic, functional play food is such an important part of the imagination process.
Stocking your Play Kitchen cabinets doesn't have to be as expensive as stocking your real ones. We're going to show you how to make super realistic felt pasta with about $10 in supplies and a little patience!
This DIY pretend play food is to.die.for. Not only does it look real, it's super easy to make and your kids will absolutely love playing with them. We decided to make 3 types of pasta: ravioli, linguine and our personal favorite, bowtie! Let's get started!
- Colored Felt
- Glue Gun & Glue
- Pinking Sheers
Both the Bowtie and Raviolis are made with 2inch X 2inch squares. Measure and cut your felt into 2-inch strips. Next, take your ruler and mark every two inches. You will cut along these lines to make squares. This doesn't have to be an exact science and your felt pasta (like real homemade pasta) doesn't have to be perfect.
Start by gathering your supplies. We used the same color felt for all 3 pastas which makes this super simple to shop for. You can find most of these items at your local craft store, or if you're lazy like us, Amazon has it all. Pinking Shears are really the only unique item here, and for those of you who aren't crafty ?♀️ these are the scissors that make the cute serrated edges. You really need these to help make the pasta look real so we don't recommend you skip this part.
TIP: Make sure your regular scissors and Pinking Shears are rated to cut fabric. We made the mistake of buying paper scissors and we can attest to the fact that they do.not.cut.felt.
Now that the boring part is over, let's have some fun! This next part took a little trial and error but we think we found the easiest way to make convincing Bowtie pasta - let's go!
If you haven't already, go ahead and plug your glue gun in... we'll wait.
Take one square and put a small bead of glue in the center. Next, fold one edge down and press into the glue. Take the other edge and do the same. You want to make sure that the glue begins to cool and hold. We recommend counting to 5.
TIP: We found it most efficient to cut and stack several strips (as many as your scissors can handle) so that you can cut multiple squares at a time.
1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi ...
Next, put a bead of glue on the back of the folded square. Using two fingers, fold the outside edges in to create the bow. Squeeze between your fingers for 5 seconds.
The very final step to get the real Bowtie look is to take your Pinking Shears and carefully cut along the outside of the bow. And Voila! You have Bowties.
TIP: Use recycled packaging to store your pasta so your little ones feel like they're playing with the real stuff!
Making Raviolis is much easier than Bowties. Start with two, 2-inch squares and some scrap felt cut into smaller pieces (enough for the ravioli filling). Place a bead of glue in the center of square one. Put the scrap felt in there to secure. Next, draw a circle of glue around the center. Place the second square on top and, using your fingers, scrunch the top square around the filling to create the authentic ravioli look.
Next, take your Pinking shears and cut around all 4 edges of the squares. That's it! Repeat for as many Raviolis as you want to make.
We saved the easiest for last. To make the Linguine, just cut your felt lengthwise into strips. Theres no rhyme or reason here, you can make your noodles as thin or as thick as you like, play around!
To dress up the end result we also made some cute basil leaves and tomatoes. You could play around and make meatballs or sauce!
That's it, we hope you love this tutorial! Please keep in mind that children need to be monitored when playing with small objects.