Nowadays, with all the talk of the environment and green products, it’s a plus when you can use these products in the making of new home decor pieces and craft projects. Bamboo and rattan are two green products which come in many different forms, are fairly inexpensive, and look great in many homes.
There are some easy projects you can do with bamboo and rattan, particularly in their natural form. The “sticks” of bamboo or rattan can be found at most craft or home improvement stores. Cutting the sticks is easy enough, but if you don’t want to bother with all of that, just purchase the sticks in various sizes.
One easy project you can make is a makeshift headboard. Although the headboard attaches to the wall, and not the actual bed frame, it’s a fabulous look that’s unique and easy to make. Since beds are different sizes you’ll want to purchase bamboo which, when bent into an arc shape, will stretch from one end of your bed to the other, across the width.
After attaching the largest piece of bamboo, in an arc up high over the top of the bed, you’ll use a smaller piece of bamboo to form an additional arc, much smaller than the first, and place it a few inches above the mattress, in the center of the bed.
The smaller arc will be just about a foot long before bent. The larger arc, as stated above, will arc across the whole width of the bed, and will be much higher on the wall than the smaller arc. Once these are centered and attached, you can finish the rest of the design.
To finish, simply attach bamboo rods between the small and large arc, starting at one end. The bamboo sticks will be spread, in an arc-like fashion, between the large and small arcs. To do this, the sticks must be butted next to each on the small arc, but spaced evenly apart on the large arc. The finished pattern resembles a bamboo headboard that’s interesting, to say the least.
The bamboo or rattan designs aren’t just for headboards, though. Make a eye-catching design with the sticks, behind the sofa, or a unique creation above a dresser. You can even make giant tic-tac-toe arrangements for kids room, and if the wall is cloth-covered, you can use velcro to create lightweight pieces that make the game functional as well!
Another easy design is made when you purchase one large stick of bamboo and center it behind a couch. Tip the top end over somewhat to make the stick “lean” to one side. Now use two sticks of bamboo – one on each side of the large piece – and lean them as well. These two pieces should be the same size, but should be smaller than the center stick. Continue this pattern, using smaller stick each time, until you have as many as you want. This is a simple design that’s striking when you see it.
The best way to attach the rattan or bamboo to a wall is to use an industrial-type staple gun with staples capable of holding the particular diameter of the bamboo you’re using. Because of the texture of bamboo, the staples will be barely noticeable – if at all. You’ll need a much larger staple for the bamboo than you will if you choose to use rattan.
Use the sticks to outline dresser drawers, cabinet doors, mirrors or even laundry hampers. You can glue the bamboo or rattan on most of these surfaces for a quick and inexpensive make-over. Use very small-diameter sticks for decorating things like picture frames or bookcase shelves, and much larger-diameter sticks for wall or door designs. Keep in mind that the larger the diameter, the more difficult it will be to arc, or bend.
You’ll be surprised at how much character these designs give to any room of the house, and at how little you spent to get a large effect. The sticks will likely be the cheapest if purchased from a home improvement store, but you can also order them online.