Five Amazing Rice Craft Ideas You Can Use in a Pinch!
Rice craft ideas! Incorporate uncooked rice into your creative regimen and let your imagination soar! It just goes to show you rice is nice! It’s super useful around the house, like for doing things like sharpening blades and keeping salt from clumping, but it’s also got some super amazing things that can be done art and craft-wise.
Or….have you ever wanted to have your name engraved on a single grain of rice after you casually breezed by a booth at some kind of specialty art fair? Yep, been there, done that – I don’t know the secret to it but I suspect it involves a tool that has like, maybe, 10x magnification.
OK, so maybe something like that is out of our league. No biggie…there’s plenty of other rice crafts up for the taking!
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Do you have kids clamoring for their own fun music makers? Skip time-consuming things like hollowing out gourds, when you can gather items you might have tossed into the recycling bin, like small yoghurt or sour cream containers (think pint size) that can be fashioned into a fun pair of maracas.
Consider the use of dry rice as a filler that will rattle when you shake up the maracas; and make less noise than something like dry beans.Put a handful of uncooked rice into each object compartment before you seal it up and decorate it. Don’t forget to paint them too!
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Make Rain Sticks
Ever seen one of these up close? They’re really cool to look at and move from side to side while listening to the rain-like sound of the inside objects You can use dry rice as the inside filler for making a rain stick – a craft inspired by Native American tradition (I think). Dry rice will make just the perfect sound as the stick is moved.
You can use something like the inside cardboard tube from a roll of wrapping paper to get started, and create something to close off one end. Pour inside enough uncooked rice so that it makes a great sound as it will be moved. Decorate your stick to your liking too – make it a true conversation piece!
I strongly suggest you follow the tutorial – there’s a few other steps, and materials involved. It’s really dope – Enjoy!
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Use Rice as Stuffing For Toys, Puppets, etc.
Uncooked rice makes a great filler ingredient for handmade stuffed toys or dolls. If you have some spare fabric laying around you can create something like a simple person figure stuffed toy. I had a book one time that talked about making miniature beanbags out of cloth filled with rice….the little beanbags were for some kind of game I think.
Leave a space at the bottom so you can fill it with rice and stitch the opening closed afterward. Rice is a great filler because it doesn’t weigh much, and isn’t lumpy like, say, dried beans.
Making Art From Uncooked Rice
Remember when you were a kid and you wanted to make dried macaroni art? Brings back memories yes? Rice spread out on a substrate like cardboard or canvas beats macaroni hands down! There will need to be a lot of glue applied so the rice will stick where it lands.
You may be surprised what your child can come up with. Maybe something abstract, maybe a real object in the form of spread out rice.She or he could color the rice with your supervision, or paint over the rice pictures after they have dried.
Use Rice to Make a Fun Busy Bottle!
A “dry” take on the sensory bottle craft; this would be great to introduce to kids with SPD. The rice can be left in its natural state or colored for fun. You can put small trinkets into the bottle for the child to play the “I Spy” game. Discovering the random objects nestled among the rice can be fun and educational!
Include a card that has all the objects’ names, or pictures, nestled within the rice, to use as a guide for locating all of them. As far as small objects to include – things like marbles, pennies, board game playing pieces and fashion doll accessories are all great items to hide among rice. >>See my full I Spy craft tutorial here!
Now you have some rice craft ideas to get started; which of these do you want to tackle first? Which of these looks like the most fun?