Thursday, March 17, 2011

Make a Photo Frame From BAMBOO Placemats...

As I was spring-cleaning, I found 2 old bamboo placemats that I had bought about 6 years ago at Pier 1 Imports. I bought only 2 because it was just hubby and I back then (pre-kiddies). We had a small dining table that only seated 4 but it was so small that only 2 placemats could fit on it.  With all that being said, I didn't want to throw them away so I instantly thought of a way to recycle them into something else.  I made a beautiful, classy photo frame with it! Lots more were left over to make a wall full of them...So let's begin!

Things you will need:
  • Bamboo sticks placemat
  • Rope
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Card board
  • Any type of good quality paper
  • Favorite photo :)

I snipped off the three knots at the end of the placemat and the bamboo sticks just fell off the strings easily.
I used three sticks per side. Figure out how you would like to shape your frame...
I used this type of rope.
I cut 4 pieces of rope. Each were about 55 inches long.  Place the rope under the sticks like this.
 And make a knot.
Continue to wrap the rope in one direction about 5 or 6 times and then cross in the back of your frame (where the knot is) and tie.  Clip off extra rope. Make sure ALL of your knots are on one side of the frame.

This is what it should look like (an X). Try not to wrap the rope too tight, the bamboo sticks will bunch together and will not work well. It should rest flat.
Should look like this, make sure all the sides that are sticking out are even to the other sides.
For the back of my frame, I used a cereal box for my card board backing.
Measure it to your frame to make sure its big enough for your frame's backing.
Using a pencil, trace the INSIDE of your frame opening.
Do it as close as possible to the sticks.
This is our frame or photo size tracing.
Cut out the cardboard frame but leave approximately 1 inch on each side (left and right side-example illustration shown in red below). This part will be glued onto the bamboo sticks. The top and bottom of the cardboard will have a tiny space away from the frame itself.
I used sturdy resume paper from hubby's office to wrap the cardboard. The excess pieces are showing now but the bamboo sticks will hide them well.
My attractive cardboard backing- You can cover this also if you like but it would not show. Unless you have nosy guests that will look behind your photo frames.
The blue lines below, is to show you where I placed my glue for the cardboard backing. I used a hot glue gun but any good glue will work.
The blue arrows below, indicates how I have all of my bamboo sticks unevenly placed. I pushed the middle sticks inwards to create a more natural zig-zagged look.  I attached my photo using double sided sticky tape. But you can use regular scotch tape placed on the back of the photo. The photo I used is a 5x7 inch photo.
This took me about 30 minutes to do, so easy and so fun..To hang on the wall, I used a pin nail.  You can use that or use extra rope to make a loop onto the top of the frame and hang.
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  1. Love it :-) The plant next to it is also nice BTW

  2. Very tropical!! You make it look so easy.

  3. Thanks Natalie and Gina! -It is very easy to do :D

  4. Awesome! I tried using small sticks in my scrapbook layout and the result turned out just like what you created. :)


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