Materials for creativity, features of toning of cereals. The best ideas for buckwheat crafts: appliques, temporary drawings, applied souvenirs. Helpful hints.
Crafts from buckwheat are not only an original decor option, but also a truly entertaining way of spending time for the whole family. Kids, creating an applique or drawing from cereals, can fully show their creativity. And adults get the opportunity to decorate household items, for example, flower pots, on a budget and at the same time in an original way, turning them into a work of art.
What are buckwheat crafts?
In the photo, buckwheat crafts
Do-it-yourself buckwheat crafts are an original version of interior decor. Despite the fact that they have only recently become widely popular among hand-made lovers, this idea is not new and was often used by ancient peoples to create amulets.
Teachers and educators saw in such an activity an excellent method of developing fine motor skills and creative inclinations in children. Buckwheat is used to make applications, panels, decorate cups, vases, flower pots and small friendly souvenirs with it.
The texture of the cereal gives volume to the crafts. The muted shades of the grains soothe the nerves during work, create a favorable mood. And the hearty smell inherent in buckwheat will come in handy as part of home aromatherapy.
Since buckwheat does not shine with a variety of shades, to create colorful compositions, it is often combined with other cereals and legumes that are easy to color:
To create volumetric applications or decorate objects, the grains are attached to the surface of the product using PVA stationery glue, plasticine, and sometimes transparent silicone glue.
Important! Buckwheat is associated with satiety, prosperity, comfort, so working with it brings pleasure and benefit on a subconscious level.
Preparation of materials for crafts from buckwheat
Before you start making crafts, you need to prepare working materials. The main difference between buckwheat and other cereals, which are used for children's creativity, is that it is difficult to dye. The grains have a peculiar light brown hue, which does not allow you to achieve bright colors with the help of dyes.
To vary the color range, craftsmen harvest different varieties of buckwheat - from light to dark. Green buckwheat is also found in specialized health food stores, but it costs much more.
Since we want to make buckwheat crafts for children or as an element of decor as budgetary as possible, we will use ordinary buckwheat, which we eat. When applying temporary drawings or creating applications, tree trunks, branches, roofs of houses, mushrooms, animal figurines with a dark color of wool are well obtained from it.
To create colored elements, we use white or beige cereals (rice, pearl barley, millet and others). They can be easily dyed by dipping them in food coloring or gouache. Colored cereals are dried on the table or in the oven.
This method is also suitable for toning buckwheat. When painting it, use tones close to the natural color of the cereal - beige, yellow, ocher, light brown, black. Try lightening the beans by dipping them in white gouache.
Do not use green, red, or blue paint. After toning with these colors, the grains acquire an unpleasant, dirty tint.
In addition to buckwheat, you will need the following materials and tools:
- paper and a marker for drawing a contour, if we are talking about a temporary drawing or applique;
- PVA glue or silicone, if buckwheat is used to decorate household items;
- plasticine, cardboard, colored paper, other types of cereals to create additional details;
- scissors, brushes;
- ready-made photo frames or other things that you will decorate.
Prepare your workplace. It is desirable that it be wide enough to accommodate all tools and materials. When working on the table, cover it with oilcloth or paper. Wear gloves when gluing parts to avoid getting your hands dirty. If everything is ready, proceed.
The best buckwheat crafts
Start your creative process with an idea. Think about what your craft will represent and what the end result should be. Decide on the working technique: the selection of materials depends on it. Simplify children's buckwheat crafts so that the baby can do them on his own. For preschoolers, temporary drawings, light applications with large elements are suitable. Younger schoolchildren, teenagers can try to decorate a photo frame, magnets, disposable tableware, etc. Complex compositions can be useful for housewives as home decor. Here are a few ideas that will give a boost to your imagination and help you decide on the plot.
Buckwheat and groats applications
Applique is the most affordable technique for making buckwheat crafts. Its essence is that first the contour of the drawing is applied to the cardboard or sheet of paper, then the space inside the contour lines is smeared with glue and filled with cereals. When the glue sets, the grains adhere and hold well. The applique is textured.
You can create a picture yourself or print it by choosing an image you like on the Internet. It is a great pleasure for kids to draw on their own. Encourage this desire, correct the lines if necessary.
When the drawing is ready, apply glue to the surface of the paper or cardboard in one of the areas of the composition. Spread the cereal evenly in the designated area. Wait for the glue to dry. Start decorating the next part.
Here are some interesting ideas for appliqués:
- Craft from buckwheat "Matryoshka"… For manufacturing, you will need not only buckwheat, but also rice, peas, millet. Mark the outline of the matryoshka on a cardboard base. Print or paint the doll's face, glue it at the top of the drawing. Mark the contours of the handkerchief and apron around. We proceed to "painting" with cereals. Use buckwheat to fill the "body" of the matryoshka. Use millet for a handkerchief, peas for an apron. The applique is made in pleasant beige tones.
- "Fungus"… The craft can be done even by junior schoolchildren, since only 3 elements of the picture will have to be "painted" in it. Draw a large fungus on paper or cardboard. Add guidelines for the leg, head, and space underneath. Prepare materials - glue, buckwheat and rice. Grind part of the buckwheat in a coffee grinder. Now start filling in the drawing. Use whole buckwheat for the top surface of the cap, ground buckwheat for the inside, and rice for the leg.
- Teddy bear… Since buckwheat has a light brown tint, animal-shaped crafts are best made from it. With the help of cereals and a small amount of rice, you can make a charming teddy bear applique. Copy or draw the outline of the animal on paper or colored cardboard in a contrasting color (blue, white). Use a black marker to boldly select all the lines so that they are clearly visible. The eyes and nose can be drawn or marked with sunflower seeds. Grease the inner space of the contour lines with glue and fill with buckwheat. Let the product dry. The bear is ready!
- Craft "Flower" from buckwheat… A flower-shaped buckwheat applique is convenient to make if you use brown grains to create a background.They perfectly set off the drawing. You can "paint" the flower with rice (white or colored). A white rose looks original on a buckwheat background. To make a craft, mark the outline of the flower on a piece of paper with a black marker or pencil. Grease the space around with glue and thickly cover with buckwheat. Wait for it to dry and gently brush off excess grains. Paste the inner surface of the flower with rice so that the lines indicated by the marker appear. When it dries, the product is ready.
Show your imagination, because the variety of plots for applications is endless!
Temporary drawings from buckwheat
Temporary drawings are a unique technique for the development of fine motor skills and creativity in children. They cannot be classified as applied art, but this kind of "drawing" is indispensable for kids. The experience of tactile sensations, the handling of small details have a positive effect on the work of the brain, in particular of the speech centers.
For preschoolers, offer 3 types of drawing:
- Finger - evenly spread the cereals on a tray and ask the children to mark the kennels of the image with their finger;
- Stencil - a stencil is applied to the paper or cardboard, the holes are covered with buckwheat;
- Bulk - the child pours cereals on the surface in any order (you can draw the contours in advance and fill them with buckwheat without using glue).
Drawings are not stored for a long time. But their beauty is that the images are easy to remake, and buckwheat after work can be collected and used for other crafts.
Applied buckwheat souvenirs
Buckwheat products can be made not only beautiful, but also useful. Krupa is an original and inexpensive decoration for photo frames, cups, pots and vases. Crafts made from buckwheat and plasticine are perfect as holiday souvenirs for friends or relatives.
Next, a few ideas on how to arrange bulk products with buckwheat groats:
- Frame for painting or photo… For manufacturing, you will need cardboard, glue and buckwheat. Cut out a square or rectangular photo frame base from a piece of cardboard. Make a frame from the second sheet of the same size, removing the middle to fit the photo or drawing. Glue both blanks along the edges, placing them on top of each other. Grease the top layer of cardboard in the form of a frame with glue. Stir the groats in small portions with glue and spread evenly on the frame. Do not harvest a large amount of cereal at once: it swells and becomes unsuitable for crafts. When the buckwheat on the frame dries up, cover it again with a thin layer of glue. Do not be afraid that it will ruin the appearance of the product: the adhesive film is almost invisible. Cover the item with a clear varnish if desired. Now you can insert a photo or drawing.
- Craft "Hedgehog" from buckwheat… A child can present this little souvenir to friends and relatives as a memorable gift. For manufacturing, you will need plasticine, buckwheat and rice. From brown or black plasticine, mold a hedgehog figurine (an oval with a pointed end for a nose). Cover the body of the hedgehog with buckwheat, carefully distributing it over the surface of the plasticine. Use white rice for the face. Eyes and black nose can be marked with dark beads or sunflower seeds. Leave the finished craft to dry so that the plasticine grabs and the cereal does not crumble.
- Flower pot… Buckwheat is easy to add texture to an ordinary flower pot if it is made of plastic and has a flat surface. To fix buckwheat, you need colorless silicone glue. You can make the pot plain or use other cereals in combination with buckwheat to colorfully decorate the product. Apply a thin layer of glue to a small area of the pot. Gently glue a small portion of the cereal, spreading it evenly over the surface.If buckwheat does not adhere well, pre-mix it with a small amount of glue and quickly attach to the surface of the pot. Repeat the steps until you have covered the entire space with the cereal. Let the finished product dry. To prevent buckwheat from crumbling, you can cover it with a thin layer of glue.
In the same technique as pots, you can decorate small vases, caskets, cups, other plastic, glass products. The simplicity and originality of the decorations will surely interest your guests.
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Buckwheat crafts are a real art. The richness of execution techniques, the originality of the texture, warm shades of cereals allow you to create homemade masterpieces. And buckwheat crafts will help kids develop fine motor skills, imagination, improve their skills in working with small details.