After laying out all of your materials on a large, flat work surface, begin by lightly sanding the PVC pipe to give the primer something to hold on to. You will also want to sand the bottom and top of the pipe so that you do not end up with unnatural rough edges on your piece of bamboo. This will assure that your stain does not chip off and your piece will last.
Apply a thin layer of primer to the entire piece of PVC pipe and let it dry thoroughly.
With hot glue, form the joints of the bamboo randomly around the PVC pipe. Let the glue dry.
With a paint brush, apply a thin layer of varnish to the pipe to mimic the texture of a piece of bamboo. Let the varnish dry for 24 hours.Bamboo is usually light in color, so choose a varnish color such as oak to give a better bamboo look.
Once the varnish has dried thoroughly, apply a thin layer of brown or black craft paint to the joints and immediately whip off the excess. The paint should stick to the cracks and crevices of the joints for an authentic bamboo look.
Things You Will Need
- 1-inch piece of PVC pipe cut to desired length
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue
- Fine grit sand paper
- Paint brush
- Brown or black craft paint
- Seal your bamboo with a clear varnish to make bamboo last for years to come.
- Cut PVC pipes in half lengthwise and apply to a store bought picture frame for a cool Asian frame.
- Make several pieces of bamboo and bulk together in a large vase.