About: I may seem pretty wierd, thats because I am. I am get this out right now: I really love pie.

I think this is one of my greatest ideas. Its afordable, easy to make, environmentaly great, fun, and fashonable. This is my instructable for the converse contest so please vote for me.
The bottle is made of one section of bamboo with one section cut off for the cap. I used cork to fit the cap inside the bottle. Really thats all you need to know to make a bamboo bottle but I will guide you step by step.
One of the cool things about this instructable is that it requieres 100% natural materials (woohoo) so no cheating and useing artificial stuff.
Last but not least: if you feel that my bottle could be more perfect and awesome than it allready is, please coment and express your feelings.

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Step 1: Stuff You Will Need

Here is the list of all the ecological materials you will need to achieve the task:
2.Silacone seel (this stuff is made out of sand and entirely non-toxic)
3.Bulliten board cork
5.Sand paper
7.Razor knife

Step 2: Cut the Bamboo

This step is almost as simple as it sounds. Remember that the bamboo section you select canot have any flaws where it may leak. It should also be large enough to carry a decent amount of water (how much is up to you).
Start by taking your saw and sawing of the section you want to use about an inch away from the end of the section(I dont know what it called) be very sure your cut is level.
than cut off a section for the cap

Step 3: Clean It Out

Clean out the bottle pretty well. If you dont want the Bamboo to contaminate the taste of the water you can line the bottle.

Step 4: The Cap

For this step you need bulliten board cork. cut out about 5 or six layers of the cork uesing the bamboo as a guide.
you will than use silicone seal to glue them all togetherto make one big cork.
Now the time consuming part. Sand down the cork untill it can fit in the cap and hold it on the bottle.
glue the cork into the cap.

Step 5: In Case of Leaks

U can use silacone seal or a o ring to fix leaks out of the cap.

Step 6: Yay

you are now done with your bamboo water bottle you can add some hemp to keep the cap attahed to the bottle.
If you want you can burn kool stuff in the bamboo.

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    Question 6 months ago

    How do you do step 3? I may sound senseless, but do you mean to scrape the inside or just put water in it and shake or even add some natural sealer.


    Question 9 months ago on Step 3

    Hi! This is such an interesting product. I'm definitely gonna try it. Can you please explain how the water isn't affected by the bamboo? And what materials can we use to line it so that its natural and doesn't affect the tast of water inside?


    Question 12 months ago


    My name is Komuhendo Pamela, am Ugandan by Nationality ,

    Where do you get your Bamboo from, and whats the process if i want to plant it?,

    Kindly advise



    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    No that's silica.
    Silica is reduced to silicon in an un-eco-friendly way, then converted to silicon tetrachloride, and so on into silicone polymers (un-eco-friendly).
    (You should check the spelling in this)



    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    lemonie nails another one :-) If you wanted a "natural" seal, and cork wasn't cutting it, you'd bee looking for Vulcanized natural rubber. Synthetic rubbers are SO superior to natural rubbers, in EVERY regard(other than their initial petroleum parent) that there's really no reason to even try though, unless you happen to have a Para rubber tree or fields of poinsettias from which to harvest natural latex, and nothing better to do with them.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    There's a few million tonnes of natural latex go into tyres every year, synthetic rubbers are not so superior in every way.



    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, I just spotted this. I would like to add that the initial cork harvest from the tree is pretty poor quality, and usually gets used to make compound agglomerated cork, which involves adding binders such as glue and plastic among other things. And bottle corks, depending on their required properties, are soaked in various chemical baths, including chlorinated lime and peroxide. I guess the more natural you want to be, the more performance you need to sacrifice.


    9 years ago on Step 6

    This is a pretty cool Instructable!  I've heard that lots of bamboo, especially the imported kind, has pesticides in it, so lining it is a good idea.


    9 years ago on Step 1

    Where did you get the bamboo that big?

    Good idea but poor construction. Photos could be improved and text needs some improvement. Looks cool overall, I'm gonna try as soon as a I get some time! Thanks


    9 years ago on Introduction

    What diameter Bamboo section would you need to hold the same amount of water as say a 20oz bottle of water? I know you are trying to be eco friendly and all, but wouldn't re-using a plastic bottle and eventually recycling it after many uses be somewhat better since the bamboo will degrade and possibly put toxins in your water once the inside starts to rot? And yes, i know that if you freeze the bottle or expose it to extreme temps would also put toxins in the water...but lets say I am smarter than the average bear and don't do that. Or if I discover that it did happen I recycle the bottle.

    2 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Not really. There is , as far as I'm aware, virtually zero toxins in bamboo. Also, it's gonna take a LONG time to decay. Bamboo is pretty stern stuff. As to recycling plastic bottles.... that's great(though opinions vary as to exactly what chemicles are leeched from which types of plastics, under different conditions). But you'd be even better off recycling a GLASS bottle :-) Nothing to lech, it's basically made from sand, and if left to "rot", returns to sand(or pretty pretty beach glass at least). Bamboo, at least in the States, is a non-native, invasive species... so harvesting it here, unless on federally protected, or private property, is actually doing the environment a service. It's not as bad as kudzu or Africainized bees, but it can get out of hand in the right conditions(if cypress likes it, so does bamboo). To answer the size question, approximately a 6" long section of 2"ID bamboo tubing should hold over 1/2L... which is also pretty close to 20oz.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It takes a long time to decay, but a remarkably short time to crack and become useless as a water bottle : )


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Yes the science may be bad, but that is correctable. Instead of demonizing the writer should we not strive to become better teachers ourselves.
    Silicone sealant is entirely synthetic, and is harmful to ingest before it cures. However once cured is harmless unless you try to eat it or it becomes brittle and begins to mix in with the water, a rubber O ring would be the better choice here.

    The following is from Wikipedia:

    Silicone's are synthesized from chlorosilanes, tetraethoxysilane, and related compounds. In the case of PDMS, the starting material is dimethyldichlorosilane

    more available at, just do your research and update your ible, as it is cool, also please, please do a spell check before posting next time.