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One of the most creative and artistic uses of bamboo as furniture material is the bamboo picture frame. It is not only a novel and eco-friendly way to display your favorite picture or painting – even a mirror – it is also an inexpensive way to introduce bamboo in your living area and to exhibit your taste for refinement and concern for the environment.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Why bamboo? What does bamboo offer that other construction materials like wood, steel or plastic do not? How does bamboo compete with its alternatives cost-wise? If you are interested and want to know more about this fantastic gift of nature, read on…

Little more about Bamboo

Bamboos are noted for their extremely high growth both horizontally and vertically – a single rhizome produces numerous culms in a short time, and a shoot grows several meters tall in a few weeks flat. Unlike trees, bamboo reaches its full size in a single season. This means that bamboo shoots can be quickly harvested and used to build useful things for home and industry at very low cost. Bamboo is strong and very durable too.

While other building materials only add to the scrap upon expiry, bamboo is biodegradable and doesn't pollute the environment or sully your premises.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Choosing a right picture frame…

Now, choosing a right picture frame can be a tough job. It is generally difficult to locate a picture frame that would suit your needs and liking mainly because of limited varieties available at local stores or uncompetitive pricing. Some may be to dull while others may come across as gaudy. However, a bamboo picture frame would certainly add a distinct flavor to your premises and reflect your taste for exotic and finer things in life.

Bamboo picture frames are available, or can be made, in an assortment of sizes. Common sizes include 4×6, 5×7, 8×10 inches but other sizes can also be ordered.

A bamboo picture frame is generally built of bamboo shoots, but you can either choose to go with rather raw looks or cover it up with paint or smoothen it with polish. Whatever you do, the beauty of bamboo will shine through.

Size and shape of your bamboo picture frame depends on what picture you are likely to display in it. Find out what does your picture need. A wildlife photograph may look better with a raw-look frame while a painting of a woman may need more refinement.

Besides displaying your refinement tastes…

Bamboo picture frames also make for great gift ideas. If you want to gift something practically useful, environment friendly and cost-effective, a bamboo picture frame can be a strong candidate. With such picture frames, you are not only displaying your taste for refinement but also convey a strong message of bamboo plant care and care for nature in an easy way!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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