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Pasta shapes are inexpensive, readily available, come in many different sizes and shapes and are durable – therefore making them the perfect craft accessory! Here are 6 inventive ways to style up this humble starch into dazzling and fashionable hair clips, pins and jewelry for your little ones to make, wear and enjoy.

Penne Necklace (via By Wilma) Penne pasta makes natural chevron shapes in this stylish and modern painted pasta necklace.

Pasta Bead Necklace (via Warm Hot Chocolate) Another version of a painted pasta necklace – this one’s especially fun and easy for kids to string and bead.

Dyed Pasta (via Kids’ CBC Parents) This tutorial walks you through step by step on how to dye pasta vibrant colors which is a fun kids’ activity in itself. Afterwards, have kids string them together to create colorful accessories.

Pasta Hair Clips (via Simply Not Able) Bowtie pasta is a pretty shape for hair pins and this painted craft is something kids can easily make and decorate to style up their own hair accessories.

Pasta Hair Bands and Clips (via The 36th Avenue) Another take on hair accessories using bowtie pasta – this tutorial goes the sophisticated route with glam glitter and gold accents for a sparkly party look.

Alphabet Pasta Hair Pins (via Whimsey Box) So adorable! Use alphabet pasta to spell out cute messages or names to really personalize the look.

Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.