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.
Cost: Low: Free if you're family is asian, or if having 30 sets of chopsticks lying around is your kind of thing
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.
Step 1: Line 'em Up
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
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
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.
Step 4: Enjoy!
I'm sure I should have used floss or some kinda string that is coated. Like nylon or something like that so that when you wash it, it doesn't fall apart or get muck caked on. But, its not my concern. I plan to gift it, not use it myself. :P
My ex-girlfriend pinned this kinda thing on the wall and would wedge two corners of pictures on it. Works good as a wall decoration/picture frame, but I would suggest using real bamboo stalks as its lighter.