Thursday, November 17, 2011

Made at home: Dipped Stalks of Wheat

What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year?  We're staying here and hosting a little get together.  My parents are flying in and a few neighbors may join us as well.

We lived in Seattle the last time we hosted a Thanksgiving meal.  My oldest was due any day, and we didn't want to travel home.  My Mom did most of the cooking and we all pretty much sat around and waited for the baby to come.  She waited ten more days to arrive (first babies are funny that way!)

I've been looking for simple ways to decorate our small space for the dinner.  A bundle of wheat caught my eye the other day.  A couple of nights ago it was just begging to painted!

I didn't get any photos of the process, but it was all very simple:

Gather wheat stalks, a medium sized paintbrush, acrylic paint and painting surface (like newspaper).  Grab a small bundle of wheat and lay flat on newspaper.  Dip brush in paint and paint it on to lower half of wheat stalks (hold the tops in place with your other hand).  Do several times until stalks are covered.  Flip over and repeat.  Lay bundle flat on table with the painted ends hanging over the edge to dry.

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