If you have ever seen a field of wheat billowing in the breeze, you can understand why dried wheat is often incorporated into craft projects. While straw may not be as pretty to look at as wheat, it still has its uses in the craft world, including in various art projects and wreath decorations. Look for dried wheat and straw sold on craft sites for your projects.
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Centrepieces & Floral Arrangements
Incorporate dried wheat stalks into a variety of centrepieces and floral arrangements, such as those for a country wedding. Use wheat in combination with other dried ornamental grasses in tall glass containers wrapped with earthy-coloured ribbons, or use wheat in combination with fall flowers such as geraniums, yellow roses and sunflowers. Another option is to create centrepieces and arrangements using wheat and dry twig branches, some of which can be wrapped in pieces of scrap fabric.
Use both wheat and straw for assorted wreath projects, particularly fall wreaths for Halloween, Thanksgiving or general autumn wreaths. Both can be incorporated into the actual wreath or glued onto wreath frames as part of the decoration. Wreath ideas can range from the simple, such as wreaths featuring a few sprays of dried wheat, to the intricate, with straw pieces being used to make mini straw hats to decorate the entire wreath.
Wheat stalks can be soaked and moulded into assorted ornaments for Christmastime as well as general ornaments for the home. Use craft wire or sturdy string to bind the shapes and keep them in place. Ideas include large and small stars, which can also be embellished with scrap fabric, glitter, faux jewels, buttons, beads and any other embellishment you like. Other ideas include small wheat wreathes as Christmas ornaments or wheat stalks moulded into the shape of skinny snowmen.
Straw can be glued to paper to create a variety of designs and patterns for use as framable artwork. Colour or dye the straw if desired or use it in still life paintings to create a 3-D effect. Straw can also be used in children's dioramas of farms or nativities as food for the animals or as straw beds. Wheat can also be used for such projects. Other art ideas include using wheat or straw as bird nest material for decorative bird and nest craft projects.
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