Introduction: CheapGeek- Scrap Bamboo Art

On vacation at my parents house- my brother, my Dad and I made some cane fishing poles.
We made them for our kids. My daughters- balked at the idea of using a low tech cane pole for fishing.
My nephews on the other hand, had no problem and got to fishing. My daughters came around and a good time was had by all.
I kept the remnants of the bamboo cuttings and took them home.
I thought I would use them for something.
Being bored and having a large blank spot above my bed, art it is..

Step 1: Gather Materials

Here's the stuff you need.
Bamboo or Cane, assorted lengths.
Goop (this stuff is awesome) or Hot Glue.
(I don't use hot glue- it burns the hell out of you.)
A bamboo/cane structural attachment thing. (In this case- a slat from a closet bifold door.)
1. Can- Clear non-yellowing spray coat.
(This stuff is awesome, anything you want shiny with a protective clear coat)
2. Isopropyl Alcohol. To clean and dry the bamboo.

Step 2: Prepare

You have to prepare the bamboo for use.
Use the Alcohol to clean the Bamboo. - It kills bugs, helps the glue stick and dries fast.
When the alcohol dries, you can paint.

Step 3: Paint

Take the bamboo and clear paint to a well ventilated area.
Paint the bamboo- wait 10mins. Paint again. wait 10 minutes.
Now the bamboo is shiny and the color is brighter and deeper. Because it's shiny.
The bamboo is also sealed against cracking, drying and bugs.

Step 4: Arrange and Glue in Place.

It's time to arrage your materials into some kind of design that may pass as "art."
Once you have the arrangement ready.
Use the goop to add a glop on the bamboo. Glop is a standard drop of Goop.
Place the bamboo glop side down on the slat.
Repeat until the all the bamboo is on the slat.
Note: Use a damp cloth to clean any stray Glop's.
Let dry for about 6hrs.

Step 5: Hang and Display

It's time to hang or display your art.
I chose to fill a blank space behind my bed.
I took advantage of two screws strategically placed and ready.
I hung the art on the screws.
I stood back and marveled at my art, and the great fishing trip memories it invoked.

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KwartzKitten made it! (author)2011-01-24

I saw something like this on a home-design show. They used ticks in a similar manner, if I remember right :) nice instructable.

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Orchid-Black made it! (author)2010-09-20

I made some bamboo wall art several years ago and it's hanging on a large wall in our living room. It's quite big, but was incredibly easy to create.

Great memories for you, and a wonderful piece of unique art for your whole family!

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bowmaster made it! (author)2009-04-07

Awesome. You could hang it upside down in relation to the way you have it and put candles on the ends of the sticks.

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hammer9876 made it! (author)2008-10-03

Kind of minimalist art. I like it. I can also see it or a variation of it swagged with scarves or the season's colors. Drape some black and orange streamers and it's Halloween! Your school colors and it becomes a minimalist's version of dorm art. Cheap is good for dorm art, too. Lots of stars for simple art. Bamboo is great stuff. We used it for fishing poles, kites, stick ball, swords, pole vaulting. Well, it didn't work very well for pole vaulting but we tried. Very useful stuff.

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the_burrito_master made it! (author)2008-05-09

cool we might plant bamboo in my back yard this year and might use it to make a bamboo covered wall or walls.

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hcold made it! (author)hcold2008-09-01

Yeah, bamboo can be a big problem pest wise, it likes to take over the whole garden. The recommendation I saw on a TV show was to dig a 1 metre ditch, and concrete it to keep it contained.

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the_burrito_master made it! (author)the_burrito_master2008-09-03

cool well we didn't plant any... lol... maybe next year.

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Camisado made it! (author)2008-07-22

Nice work. They kinda look like hanging swords, you know? Hanging Shinais......

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dpocius made it! (author)2007-10-11

Very cool! When I lived in Northern California (Si valley), I planted some black bamboo in the back yard. Every spring I had to trim it back to keep it from taking over the yard, and every year I harvested a number of nice canes. Black bamboo looks dynamite with a bit of paste wax and buffing. I made small photo frames with it, mostly.

Now I live in the desert. No more free bamboo. :(

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vamban made it! (author)2007-07-29

Good one ... i tried ... will upload the pics soon

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cylver made it! (author)2007-07-03

I'd have probably tried to drill holes in the ends of the canes, and threaded nylon fishing line through, for a more invisible support, but yours is quite lovely.

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woodknot made it! (author)2007-06-14

I love bamboo. I like the way it looks over your bed. Art materials are everywhere, and inspiration is free.

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PR22 made it! (author)2007-01-10

Looks like an antenna

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TheCheese9921 made it! (author)2006-09-05

sell it on ebay

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cheapgeek made it! (author)2006-09-04

It works.

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