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Bamboo Crafts

Tweet An old saying goes that no fan can create a cool breeze unless it is soaked with the maker’s sweat.  And while some amazing bamboo fans can take almost 100 days to complete between picking the perfect bamboo pieces and hand painting intricate designs, there are easier methods to creating not-quite-so-spectacular-but-equally-effective hand-powered cooling systems. [...]

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Tweet It touches the most porous organ we have on our body, our skin, so our soap should be as pure and healthy for us as possible.  Bamboo Charcoal Soap draws on what is best about bamboo charcoal:  its high mineral content, its cleansing properties and its ability to absorb odor. Also, when you decide [...]

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Tweet Bamboo candles are easily-made and beautiful alternatives to the standard homemade candles.  Forget the wine bottles and dripping wax and melting down crayons!  Create your own bamboo candles to accompany a romantic bamboo meal or to use when you slip into your cozy Ari Yoga Pants and spend some time meditating by their natural [...]

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Tweet A cook is only as good as their ingredients and their equipment.  Choose healthy bamboo recipes to serve your family and create your own bamboo cutting board to embrace a more sustainable kitchen! Here’s what you need to make your Bamboo Cutting Board: Bamboo, either prefinished bamboo flooring or unfinished bamboo wood Table saw [...]

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Tweet While not technically using bamboo, this craft project will help you create deliciousness that looks like bamboo.  And if you’re stuck in the house with this brutal cold-spell, what better time is there to take up baking and slightly elaborate cake decorating? To decorate a cake with the appearance of bamboo, first you will [...]

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Tweet With the kids at home for Winter Break, parents may be going a little crazy trying to keep the house clean, prep for a holiday dinner and play Santa at the same time.  Here’s a fun (and simple) craft to keep the kids occupied and out of trouble.  Use it for a marker in [...]

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Tweet Thanksgiving is a holiday of traditions but every once in a while, it’s fun to shake things up!  This year, forgo the cornucopia centerpiece and replace it with an eco-friendly, homemade bamboo centerpiece. To make your own bamboo arrangement, gather five bamboo shoots into a tight bundle and tie a length of twine or [...]

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Tweet   Knitting is still a fashionable and slightly addictive hobby as knitting knewbie Lauren Conrad recently admitted to People magazine.  While all Conrad has mastered is scarves, you can break out your bamboo needles and fashion some warm wares for the chilly winter season.  Whether you’re using super soft bamboo yarn or organic cotton yarn, [...]

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Tweet Whether you’re moving into a dorm room or want to keep a bit of the summery outdoors indoors as days get shorter, here is an easy way to transform the goods of your bamboo garden into beautiful wall art.   Here’s what you need for Bamboo Wall Art, Option #1: Large area for working [...]

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Tweet The Hunger Games, arguably one of the more popular movies of the year, comes to DVD this week and millions of young un’s will end their summer engrossed in the life-and-death battle between the Tributes.   And while high ticket sales were not a surprise for this movie, an unanticipated response to Katniss and her [...]

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Tweet A tree house is like a child’s first apartment:  A place to hang out, to invite friends up for games, to spend seasons among the birds and sunshine.  Hours of hard work building a bamboo tree house leads to hours of fun for kids! Since bamboo is used for buildings and bridges so there’s [...]

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Tweet As we head into wedding season, mailboxes will be full of invitations decorated with everything from bows to pearls to even confetti.  Brides-to-be can draw upon the Four Treasures of China to create an elegant, unique (and even an eco-friendly) wedding invitation.  Sumi-e (similar to calligraphy) involves a series of brush strokes both light [...]

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Tweet Earth Day is as much about awareness as it is action.  Introducing family-friendly crafts into an Earth Day celebration is a fun way to start a conversation with kids about making eco-friendly choices. Start off by making your own planet earth from recyclable materials!  Here’s what you need: Coffee Filter, unbleached Food coloring, blue [...]

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Tweet Just in time for the blooms of spring, here is a quick way to spruce up you living space with a natural accent.  Display everything from roses to hydrangeas or even bamboo from your bamboo garden (yes, there are flowering types!). Here’s what you need to make your bamboo vase: Bamboo pole Measuring Tape [...]

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Tweet 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) [...]

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Tweet Most birds are still hunkered down in the sunny South for the winter but be proactive in preparing for their return this Spring.  Using bamboo and power tools, anyone can create a welcoming, natural birdhouse for our feathered friends! Here’s what you need to create a Bamboo Bird House: Moso bamboo column (any height) [...]

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Tweet If you’re looking for a last-minute decoration or a fun activity for the family on Christmas Day, take time to build this simple yet beautiful Bamboo Christmas Star.  Here’s what you’ll need to make your own bamboo Christmas star: 6 bamboo stakes, 6-feet long 12 plastic zip ties 2 strings of miniature white lights, [...]

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Tweet Now that you’re ready to begin a fall composting project, it’s time to decide what type of compost pile to build.  A heap pile is by far the easiest choice requiring no structure.  Just make sure to keep the pile at least 3 feet high and 3 feet wide and turn for aeration regularly. [...]

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