10 ideas for cereals for children and adults

Sometimes, in order to decorate the house or take the child's creativity, it is enough to look into the kitchen cabinet where the grocery is stored. After all, from cereals, beans, spices, grains and seeds, you can make decor in the style of eco or rustic, as well as developing children's crafts. The main thing is to show imagination and allocate some free time. In this material you will find 10 ideas and step-by-step instructions for making hand-made diy for children and adults, as well as a master class for their coloring with food colors.

Idea 1. Topiary for table setting or interior decoration

Beans of bright colors are an excellent material for decorating a crown or a pot of topiary. For example, from green peas it is possible to create such an ornamental tree for spring decoration of a house or serving a table for Easter.

Topiary with a crown of peas

Materials:

  • 1 pack of green peas (chipped and ground);
  • Ball-base of foam plastic (sold in stores for needlework);
  • 1 pack of dry moss (any other material for decorating the "soil" of the topiary is also suitable);
  • 1 clay pot of medium size;
  • Glue PVA and thermo-glue in the gun;
  • Brush;
  • 1 wooden stick, skewer or simple pencil (this will be the trunk of the topiary);
  • Acrylic paint is green (for painting the ball in the tone of peas);
  • Colors of desired colors for pot decoration (optional);
  • Polyfoam, floristic foam or any solidifying mixture like cement or alabaster.

Master Class:

Step 1. If you are not satisfied with the look of your pot and / or trunk, paint them and leave to dry.

Step 2. While the pot is drying, paint one half of the foam ball in the tone of the beans and allow it to dry. When this happens, paint the second half of the ball and leave it to dry.

Painting a ball

Painting a ball

Step 3. When the ball is completely dry, cut a hole for the trunk with a depth of 2-3 cm using an awl or knife.

Step 4. Begin its decoration with peas. To do this, put it on a plate, with a brush, apply PVA glue to a small area and sprinkle peas on it abundantly.

Coating the ball with peas

Coating the ball with peas

Allow this area to dry a little and start to cover the next part of the ball. Continue the procedure until the whole ball is overgrown with green peas, and then leave it to dry for the night.

Step 5. When the resulting crown dries, work on the blanks. To do this, treat the glue with emptiness and again sprinkle with croup.

Crown Topiary

Crown Topiary

Step 6. Now insert the barrel into the ball, pre-fill the previously drilled hole with a drop of thermo-glue. To keep the barrel tight, around it you can lay pieces of paper and pour the hole with glue to the top. Keep in mind that without paper, the glue will melt the foam and drill too much. Finally, when the trunk is fixed, decorate the area around it with peas (if necessary).

Mounting the barrel

Mounting the barrel

Step 7. Start by creating a fixing "soil" in the pot. In this master class, floristic foam was used to fix the tree. If you also use foam or polystyrene, then you just need to adjust its size to the pot, so that the tree stands smoothly and firmly. Otherwise, you can dilute any fixing compound according to the manufacturer's instructions.

More about this stage you can read in a separate master-class about making topiary.

Pot and base of topiary

Step 8. When the base of the topiary is ready, you will only have to decorate it with moss, sisal, the same peas or any other grains.

Topiary with a crown of peas

Idea 2. A panel or a picture of cereals

Groats, beans, grains and seeds come in a variety of colors, which means that they can "paint" a picture or fold a mosaic panel. Depending on your ideas and artistic skills, the picture can be more detailed or very schematic.

In the next selection of photos are examples of children's crafts from cereals and pasta in the form of appliqués.

Baby pictures from cereals

Children's crafts from cereals

Children's crafts from cereals

Picture from cereals and pasta

  • Applications from cereals
  • Applique from beans
  • Application of semolina and buckwheatApplication of semolina and buckwheat

In the next video, you can see the process of making applications from cereals along with the baby.

And here is a selection of examples of panels and paintings from cereals, which you can make for your own hands to decorate the interior (turn the photo to the right).

  • Panels from cereals
  • Panels from cereals
  • Panels from cereals и макарон
  • Panels from cereals
  • Panels of pumpkin seeds

Picture of cereals and seeds

Materials:

  • Various colored beans, cereals, seeds, pasta;
  • Glue PVA and brush for glue;
  • Strong and strong cardboard (for children's applications), a piece of plywood or canvas on a stretcher (for "adult" pictures);
  • Sketch drawing;
  • Paints and brushes.

Master Class:

  1. Paint the background of the painting in the desired color.
  2. Choose the groats that match the color of the selected pattern and sort them into skeletons.
  3. Draw by hand or transfer to a cardboard a sketch, for example, through a carbon paper or with a ready / homemade stencil.

Mosaic picture of cereals

  1. Apply a thin layer of glue on a small area of ​​the picture and immediately sprinkle on it the croup of the color that corresponds to the picture in this area. When the area is a little dry, remove excess cereals and continue to "paint" the picture in parts so that the glue does not have time to dry out.
  • Remember that the PVA glue completely dries out in about 2 hours.

Idea 3. Decor Frames

With the help of cereals, you can transform a simple frame for photos, paintings or mirrors. You can fold an ornament from colored beans or simply give a surface relief, sprinkled with a grain.

Frame, decorated with green peas

Frame, decorated with cereal

If desired, the frame itself and the groats can be painted with aerosol paint.

Frame, decorated with cereal и макаронами

By the same principle, you can decorate not only the frame, but also the interior letter as on the photo below. To make such a letter were used: beans, purple paint in a can and a blank in the form of a letter B, cut from plywood jig saw.

Interior letter

And here is the idea of ​​crafting cereals for children - a frame-magnet for a refrigerator with ornament from colored beans.

Photo-frame on magnets

To make such a nice photo frame, you just need to cut out the frame from the cardboard, decorate it with colored beans according to the principle of mosaic, and then glue a couple of magnets on the underside.

  • Making a frame with magnets
  • Making a frame with magnets
  • Making a frame with magnets

See also the material: We make magnets on the refrigerator (and not only) from improvised, waste and natural materials

Idea 4. Decor of vases and bottles

Cereals can be used as a decorative filler for glass vases and bottles for candles, artificial flowers, twigs, dried flowers, makeup brushes and even knives. In the next selection of photos are examples of candlesticks in the autumn scale.

  • Candlesticks in the autumn table setting
  • Candlesticks in the autumn table setting
  • Candlesticks in the autumn table setting
  • Candlesticks for autumn interior decoration
  • Candlesticks for autumn interior decoration
Candlesticks with green peas in spring table setting

Candlesticks with green peas in spring table setting

In this slider are presented photo-examples of decorative filling of cereal vases for flowers and plants.

  • Vase with croup and dried flowers
  • Vase with beans and flowers
  • Vase with beans and flowers
  • Vases with croup and cacti

Croup and beans can fill not only vases, but bottles.

Bottles candlesticks

Decorative bottles

And here are examples of practical applications of vases filled with croup.

  • Stands for knives
Glass for cosmetic brushes

Glass for cosmetic brushes filled with colored rice

Here are a few tips to help you create a beautiful composition:

  • In order not to spend one kilogram of cereals on one candlestick, you need to put a glass in the center of the container, which will support the candle.
  • You can use one kind of cereal or several types of cereals and beans of contrasting colors to make a striped filling of the vase.
  • To layer in a bottle a colored rump, use a funnel or just paper folded into a cone.
Filling the bottles with groats

Filling the bottles with groats

  • Colored beans can replace rice, colored with food coloring as in the photo below (see the master class at the end of the article).
Decorative bottles with dyed rice

Decorative bottles with dyed rice

See also: How to make a candlestick with your own hands: 70 photos, 7 ideas and master classes.

Idea 5. Decor of Easter eggs

Small grains, grains, spices, pasta sprouts, seeds and dried herbs can be used to decorate Easter eggs. You can simply apply PVA glue to the egg and roll it in grains or create any patterns on the principle of a mosaic, after preliminary drawing on the shell a marking or sketch. To use more accurate shapes and shapes, use stencils.

  • Easter eggs decorated with croup and spicesTo decorate these Easter eggs were used: sesame, poppy, dried basil, cumin, dill, parsley, salt and whole grains mustard.
  • Easter eggs decorated with croup and spicesTo decorate these Easter eggs were used: sesame, poppy, dried basil, cumin, dill, parsley, salt and whole grains mustard.

Decor of Easter eggs with cereal, grains and seeds

Decor of Easter eggs with cereal, grains and seeds

Decor of Easter eggs with cereal, grains and seeds

Idea 6. Food for birds in the form of figurines

Feeders in the form of cute figurines - this is a more original alternative to birdhouses.

  • Figurine-bird feeder
  • Figurine-bird feeder
  • Figurine-bird feeder

Making such articles from cereals and seeds is so easy that babies can cope almost without the help of adults.

Figured food

Materials:

  • 3/4 cups of bird food;
  • 1 sachet of gelatin;
  • 1/4 cup of water;
  • Molds for biscuits (large and medium-sized);
  • Twine or tape;
  • Straw;
  • Baking paper;
  • A large bowl;
  • Pan;
  • A spoon.

Master Class:

Step 1. In a saucepan bring the water to a boil and add the gelatin. Hold the resulting mixture on medium heat for about 5 minutes (until gelatin is completely dissolved), stirring constantly with a spoon.

Step 2. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool for about 1 minute. In a large bowl, mix gelatin and bird food (3/4 cup or slightly more) with a spoon or hands. This work can be just entrusted to children.

Step 3. Put a piece of bakery paper on the table and lay out the biscuit molds on it. Fill molds with a mixture of bird's food and gelatin by half and tamp it.

Figured food для птиц

Step 4. Make twine loops of suitable length and slightly deepen their knots inside each mold with the mixture.

Figured food для птиц

Step 5. Fill molds to the top.

Step 6. Put all the figures in the freezer for 20 minutes, and then leave them to dry for the night or for a full day.

Step 7. Remove the figurines from the molds, hang them on the trees and wait for the first guests!

Idea 7. Rings for napkins

Decorate with a mosaic of cereals and tubule seeds from toilet paper to create charming napkin rings that are ideal for autumn or summer table laying.

Napkin rings

Materials:

  • Variety of cereals, seeds, beans and spices;
  • Tube from toilet paper;
  • PVA glue;
  • Stationery knife;
  • Acrylic paints;
  • Brush.

Instruction:

Step 1. Cut the tube from the toilet paper into three sections of the same width (about 4 cm).

Step 2. Paint each section (inside and outside) in some neutral or contrasting color. You will get the ring blanks.

Step 3. Prepare and sort out different seeds, grains, beans and spices.

Step 4. Apply a thick layer of glue to a small area of ​​the ring and sprinkle or pinpoint the cereals and seeds on it. Wait until the glue in this area is dry and then proceed to the next section. Continue these steps until the entire surface of the ring is formed, and then leave it to dry.

Step 5. If you are afraid that the seeds will be peeled off and crumbled, additionally treat them with a thick layer of glue, covering even the gaps between the seeds.

Idea 8. Decorative balls

From the groats and foam blanks, you can make decorative balls that will look spectacular on a dish or in a glass vase. Such a composition will decorate any dining table, console or coffee table.

  • Decorative balls
  • Decorative balls
  • Decorative balls
  • Decorative balls

Balls on a platter and in a vase

Materials:

  • Black paint in the spray;
  • Polystyrene balls of small diameter (or balls of floral foam);
  • PVA glue;
  • Cereals, for example, chopped peas, red beans, white beans, black beans and lentils.

Instruction:

  1. Paint the foam ball in black or in the color of the cereal and allow it to dry.
  2. Apply glue on a small part of the ball with a brush, and then sprinkle the beans or paste them pointwise. Allow the treated area to dry before proceeding with the design of the next area. Continue these steps until the entire balloon is covered with beans.
  3. Make a few such balls and lay them on a beautiful dish. If desired, complete the composition with candles, dried branches, cones or any other decor.

Dish with decorative balls and candles

Composition of a straw horn, balls of cereals and dried flowers

Composition of a straw horn, balls of cereals and dried flowers

By the way, if you take foam eggs instead of marbles, and dye the croup in pastel colors, then you will get original Easter decorations as in the photo below.

Easter decor

Easter decor

Idea 9. Decorative wreath

From cereals and a ring-basis it is possible to make a beautiful wreath for a seasonal or festive decoration of a house.

Wreath for spring door decoration

Materials:

  • Chopped green peas;
  • Two straw wreaths in diameter of 20 sm (it is possible to replace a foam plastic preparation);
  • Glue PVA or glue-pistol with a large stock of glue sticks;
  • Brush;
  • A tray;
  • Foil;
  • Twine.

Master Class:

  1. If you use a foam base, first paint it in the tone of the groats with acrylic paint and let it dry completely.
  2. Cover the pan with foil and fill it with peas.
  3. Apply a thermo-glue or PVA glue to a small area of ​​the inner side of the wreath, then sprinkle the croup, brush off excess and wait until the glue dries.
  4. In the same way, decorate the following area. Continue until the entire inside of the wreath is covered with peas as shown in the photo below.
  • Decoration of the inner part of the wreathDecoration of the inner part of the wreath
  • Decoration of the inner part of the wreathDecoration of the inner part of the wreath
  1. Process glue a small area of ​​the outer side of the wreath, then roll it in a pan with peas, slightly rotating. Wait until the glue dries a bit and proceed to the next section until the entire outer side of the wreath is covered with peas. Then work over the voids, filling them with a pinch of glue and croup.
  • Exterior decoration of the wreath with peasExterior decoration of the wreath with peas
  • Exterior decoration of the wreath with peasExterior decoration of the wreath with peas
  1. In the same way, decorate the back side of the wreath, and then its side panels.
  2. When the whole wreath will be covered with peas, and the glue is dried, walk with a brush with PVA glue along the groove, filling with glue, including the intervals between peas.
  3. Wait until the wreath is completely dry, and then tie it with tape or twine and, finally, hang it above the front door, above the window or the dining table.

Wreath of cereals

If desired, you can decorate the wreath with dried flowers, twigs, artificial flowers and berries or appliqué made from a color-contrasted cereal, for example, as shown in the photo below.

Wreath with applique

Idea 10. Coffee or serving table

Serving table, decorated with beans

Materials:

  • Large frame for photo;
  • Bar stool, the seat of which is slightly smaller in width than the frame;
  • Drill and drill bit;
  • 4 small screws;
  • Primer;
  • Paint;
  • Brush for paint and brush for glue;
  • PVA glue;
  • Epoxy resin (in this case less than 1 liter was required);
  • Cereals;
  • A film for protection of a floor.

Master Class:

Step 1. Separate the frame from the "native" rear panel.

Step 2. Cut out a thin piece of chipboard or plywood panel the size of the frame and glue it to the frame itself with the help of liquid nails or joinery glue. At this stage it is desirable to seal the joints, for example, with the aid of putty on wood. This is to ensure that in the future, the epoxy resin does not leak through the holes between the frame and the panel.

Step 3. Put the frame on the stool and fasten it to the 4 screws using a drill (in the middle of the frame). You will have a design that resembles a table.

Fastening the table top to the stool

Fastening the table top to the stool

Step 4. Lay the floor protection film on the floor. Cover the table with a primer, wait for it to dry completely and paint 2-3 times in paint. Keep in mind that each layer of paint should be allowed to dry before applying the next layer.

Painting a table

Painting a table

Step 5. Draw a few sections in the niche frame if you want to make a table as well as in this master class, or draw a sketch of the drawing / layout according to your idea.

Marking on the table top

Marking on the table top

Step 6. Brush a thick layer of PVA glue on the panel in a niche in a certain section and evenly place the groats there. Make sure that the layer of cereal does not protrude above the level of the frame. Continue to decorate the panel with groats in accordance with the markings.

Application of glue

Application of glue

Decoration of countertops beans

Decoration of countertops beans

Step 7. If you want to exclude the movement of grains when pouring the resin, then cover the whole composition in a frame with a thick layer of PVA glue and leave it to dry for about 24 hours.

Fixing beans with a second layer of glue

Step 8. Now it's time to pour the croup in the frame with resin. Make sure the table is on a level surface. Carefully following the manufacturer's instructions, mix the resin components, and then slowly fill the whole composition in one layer. Remove the formed bubbles, blowing on them through the straw. Leave the table to dry for the night.

Step 9. When the first layer of resin dries, gently pour the rump with a second layer, making sure that it does not go beyond the redesign of the frame protrusions. Allow the resin to dry for another 24 hours and enjoy your new table.

Serving table, decorated with beans

Master Class: как покрасить крупу и семечки пищевыми красителями

Any light rump like rice, white beans or, say, pumpkin seeds can be given color using food colors.

Materials:

  1. Zip-Lok packages or simple plastic bags that will withstand a small shaking;
  2. Alcohol or vinegar;
  3. Liquid food colors;
  4. Groats;
  5. Measuring cup;
  6. A tray or paper plates for drying colored cereals.

Instruction:

To color one serving of cereals in one color, you need to do the following:

  1. Fill the package with a couple of three-handfuls of cereal.
  2. Pour into it 1-2 tbsp. l alcohol or 3-4 tbsp. l of vinegar.
  3. Add a couple of jets of food coloring.
  4. Close the package, remember several times and shake the package so that the paint covers all the grains.
  5. Put the dyed croup on plates covered with napkins, and let it dry.

Painted rice

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