Bamboo is an eco friendly choice of building material, whether you are installing a floor or making a frame. Bamboo poles are available in a variety of sizes at lumber supply stores. You can also make small craft projects such as fountains or frames from small stalks of bamboo that may be growing on your property. No matter which type of frame you prefer to make, the bamboo design will be a lovely addition to your home décor.
Bundled Bamboo Frame
Cut eight 1-inch diameter bamboo stalks into lengths equal to the vertical sides of the existing frame.
Bundle the eight bamboo stalks into two bundles of four stalks each. Make sure that the ends are flush. Tie the bundles together 1-inch from each end with twine.
Remove the glass and the back from the frame.
Glue the two bamboo bundles onto the vertical sides of the picture frame with waterproof construction adhesive.
Measure the horizontal sides of the frame between the two bamboo bundles. Cut eight bamboo stalks to fit this measurement.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to bundle and attach the bamboo to the horizontal sides of the frame. Allow the glue to dry.
Bamboo Pole Frame
Cut one bamboo pole equal to the desired height of the frame. Cut one bamboo pole equal to the desired width of the frame. The poles can be any diameter that you like.
Saw the two poles in half lengthwise to make the four sides of the bamboo frame. You can slice the bamboo in half with a table saw or a hand saw.
Place the two vertical bamboo poles side by side on a flat surface. Space the poles equal to the desired width of the frame. Place the remaining two poles horizontally between the two vertical poles, one across the top and one across the bottom.
Run a bead of clear waterproof construction adhesive along the edges of each end of the two horizontal poles. Press the poles against the outside of the vertical bamboo poles. Allow the glue to dry.
Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the outside dimensions of the back of the bamboo frame. Cut a section of felt to fit over the front, edges and at least 4 inches along the back of the cardboard.
Apply spray adhesive to the front of the cardboard. Center the cardboard over the cut felt and press down. Allow the glue to dry. Flip the cardboard over and glue the felt to the back side.
Glue the cardboard with the felt side facing up to the back of the bamboo frame. Attach a picture or object to the felt with glue or double-sided tape. Attach a self-adhesive picture hook to the back of the frame so you can hang it on the wall.
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