Rice paper is a thin delicate type of paper which is often used in crafts. You can also buy edible rice paper, which can be used to prepare Asian foods like summer rolls and spring rolls or for wrapping candies. Edible rice paper is made from rice flour. Rice paper is made from parts of the rice plant including rice straw. In Asian cultures, rice paper has been used for centuries for writing on and producing delicate decorative art work. You can purchase rice paper from art supply stores and use it to create interesting craft and design projects.
A tip for working with rice paper while baking cupcakes is to line the baking tray with edible rice paper. This prevents the cake from sticking to the baking tray and you will not have to remove the edible paper from the cupcake. Decorate birthday cakes with different coloured sheets of edible rice paper made into creative shapes. You can also go a step further by getting images laser printed onto the rice paper using edible ink.
Découpage is the art of decorating objects by covering them in sheets of decorative paper. The paper is then painted over with several layers of varnish to give it a professional look. Use decorative rice paper to decorate old cracked vases, wine bottles and the everyday objects that you may be considering throwing in the trash. Use good-quality craft glue to stick the rice paper onto your object of choice in any design that you choose to create a new and elegant storage vessel
Origami is an ancient traditional art that originated in Japan. Japanese origami artists use squares of rice paper and fold them into intricate designs and shapes including animals, plants and other abstract creations. Experiment with origami patterns and rice paper and see what creations you can come up with.
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