Fields of wheat evoke images of the fruitful American Midwest for many. However, just a few stalks of wheat used in craft projects can bring an essence of Americana into any home. Regardless of your crafting skill level, there is a wheat stalk craft idea that will bring bounty into your decor.
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Wheat Stalk Weaving
Put your braiding skills to work by weaving together wheat stalks. Place the wheat that you will be working with in a tub of water. Allow the wheat to soak for at least an hour to help the material become more pliable. After removing from the water, secure three stalks of wheat together with a small rubber band near the seed heads. From the rubber band, begin braiding the stalks together. At the end of the stems, bend the braid into a loop or heart and secure with a ribbon until dry.
A basket of wheat is the ideal decoration for celebrating the autumn season or Thanksgiving. Begin with a plain, tall basket of your choice. Spray the exterior of the basket with an earth tone brown colour of spray paint and allow the basket to dry. Complete the basket by tying a large, fall-coloured ribbon around the basket. Deep reds or a rich orange contrast well with the colour of the basket and wheat. Finish the basket by arranging a large handful of wheat stalks inside the basket.
Make a rustic, yet elegant, arrangement for your table that will last for years. Cut floral foam to fit in the bottom of a clay pot or an antique pitcher. After placing the foam at the bottom of the container, poke stalks of wheat and dried roses into place. Arrange the wheat so that it frames the dried rose buds at different heights. A raffia bow tied around the flower pot used to hold the wheat offers a finishing touch.
Create a warm welcome by crafting your own harvest wreath. Begin with a wreath form from your local craft store. Arrange dried leaves and wheat stalks around the wreath frame and secure with hot glue or small pieces of wire. Finish the wreath with a colourful ribbon or adornment such as a pumpkin cutout glued to the wreath.
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