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Usually these are made from real bamboo branches/stalks but I thought, why not use chopsticks? Originally, I wanted to use disposible ones that you can just steal from restaurants, but I suppose I'm a little adverse to stealing? I just don't go to those restaurants very often. I was going to use the plastic wrapping on those to weave them together but I just decided on real chopsticks. You can by these things at ikea and a lot of places, they use these kinda things to roll sushi also.

Materials:
~30 Chopsticks*/sticks/straws/branches/pencils
String

Cost: Low: Free if you're family is asian, or if having 30 sets of chopsticks lying around is your kind of thing
High: $1.5-$5

Time: Low: 10-15 minutes
High: 25 minutes

Go to your local asian store or Chinatown, shouldn't be too expensive. Mine cost me a less than dollar fifty(9rmb). But I'm living in China now, so pretty its cheap. 10 sets of chopsticks for 3rmb.

 
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Step 1: Line 'em up

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The chopsticks I used have a pointy ends and square tops so I went every other so it wouldn't end up like a fan.

Step 2: String 'em

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I doubled my embrodery thread for strength and of course, style. Make sure the string is extra long, you don't want to end up weaving through all of the chopsticks only to realize the string is too short. The longer, the better. It'll be easier to tie the knots.

It'll look kinda something like this....

Step 3: Tighten and knot

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Make sure you tighten both sides, else chopsticks may fall out. Knot. Yes, thats my toes in picture 7. I'm half ape. I'm sure thats what girls say anyway. Or gorilla, not exactly sure. Knot at least three times. I knotted once, cut the leftovers, rubbed the knot to test its strength and it came undone........I had to re-weave it with another string.
ccarreer1 year ago
Cool! I want to try this.
md4v33 years ago
Nice! I was thinking of buying a bamboo parquet for wall accent/decoration, but now i think i'm gonna try make this one instead, a long one and hang it on my wall. Yeah! Thanks a lot :D
dylan0344 years ago
Looks like a very nice sushi roller.
josefu05 years ago
i use a large leaf( im filipino)
jianqiang (author)  josefu05 years ago
I'm guessing you use your hands too eh? I just had some filipino food last night, I think it was beef and potatos, i may have filipina in a few days :P
ya it a Filipino traditional way to eat
hahaha this made me smile :D
ikoda5 years ago
Sweet. Dunno what I would need this for but good to know.
jianqiang (author)  ikoda5 years ago
Place settings! It makes the table look nicer. And then you only have to wipe the settings instead of the whole table.
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canida5 years ago
Cool placemat! I end up with waaaaay more disposable chopsticks from Chinese and Japanese take-out, so this is a good reason to actually save them up. Also, I know you mention about weaving the thread over and under each chopstick, but you might spell it out in Step 2 just to be 100% clear. ;)