Bamboo is fast becoming a décor favorite. Attractive and versatile, bamboo pieces work well with various themes, from rustic to modern motifs. With some simple materials and a few hours of work, anyone can craft their own home décor pieces using this natural material. Here are five great DIY projects for amateur home decorators:
1) Bamboo Candles
A great alternative to candelabras, porcelain holders, and cut wine bottles, bamboo candle holders eliminate those messy wax drippings while offering a Zen-like appeal in your modern space. This simple project from Green Earth News can be accomplished in eight quick and easy steps and makes for a lovely addition on your porch, especially during cozy outdoor dinners with family and friends.
2) Bamboo Lampshades
Another wonderful way to infuse new character into your living room is to take your dreary light fixtures and give them a brand new look. Using simple materials, this easy DIY from House of Fifty gives homeowners the opportunity to wrap their simple drum shades in an eye-catching bamboo case. This adds texture as well as charm to living spaces. This bamboo light fixture is particularly ideal for rooms that feature a minimalist décor scheme.
3) Bamboo Placemats
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Bamboo can also elevate dining experiences. This stylish handcrafted placemat from Green Earth News can be easily constructed in just eight steps. Adding this to your table settings brings an irresistible tropical appeal to your meal without clashing with the color of your plates. At the same time, it’s also an excellent way to take a little bit of the warm outdoors inside your home during stormy days and the cold months of fall and winter.
4) Bamboo Bookcases
We’re always looking for ways to keep our things organized. Bamboo bookcases are sleek and sturdy, allowing you to store as many books you want on the shelves. Crafting this bookshelf needs some work, though — bending the bamboo, attaching the sticks to one another, and several other processes. This hand-crafted bamboo shelf from One Kings Lane has a tortoiseshell finish, which was achieved using a burnout technique. But if you want something more natural, you can just leave the unit as is. Another great thing about this project is that you can choose your preferred color to paint it with!
5) Bamboo Dividers
Bamboo can also be used as a prime material to create an attractive border for your mirrors. Simply glue sticks of bamboo around your mirror. You can even paint it to match your home design scheme. This DIY fixture is a delightful way to add the Asian sensibility of clean and simple décor pieces to your home.
Breathe a fresh and eco-friendly atmosphere into your home with these smart and fun bamboo DIY projects.
Jennifer Lutz is the home décor expert at www.christmastreemarket.com. A collection of DIY projects can be found on the Christmas Tree Market blog at http://blog.christmastreemarket.com/category/diy-decor/.