Maybe it’s the spring fever and the thirst for adventure that comes with prolonged cold or maybe it was the episode of Man vs. Wild I caught on a re-run last weekend. Whatever the reason, making a bamboo raft suddenly seemed like a wonderfully doable craft idea! And because bamboo has hollow culms (stems) filled with air, it is extremely buoyant.
Here’s what you need to make a bamboo raft:
- 2 pieces of mature, dried bamboo, roughly 12 feet long
- 20 pieces of mature, dried bamboo, roughly 8 feet long
- Vines, Twines or Rope
Here’s how to make a bamboo raft:
- Lay out the 12-feet long pieces of bamboo parallel to each other.
- Place 2 of the shorter pieces across the longer pieces 4 inches from top, forming a square.
- Fasten the poles together using your vine, twine or rope.
- With your frame complete, create a floor for your raft by laying out the rest of the smaller bamboo pieces.
- Secure the smaller pieces to the frame.
Unlike Bear Grylls, it may be best to test your bamboo raft on smaller bodies of water and not in the ocean having been recently dropped out of a plane.
For more fun bamboo ideas, visit Green Earth News Bamboo Crafts section!