Bamboo provides a versatile, sustainable material for craft projects. It comes in a wide range of lengths and diameters, including 1 1/2-foot garden stakes and 8-foot poles. Because it's a natural material, thickness and colour variations are normal. Bamboo's benefits include its strength and light weight. Bamboo can bend and be tied, wired, drilled, painted and decorated. You can use it to build puppets, furniture, wall hangings, art frames, decorative trellises, massive effigies and more. Most suppliers carry bamboo sticks in many sizes.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
Take measurements for bamboo sticks in a specific size. Use a tape measure to judge length and diameter. For example, 3/4-inch bamboo refers to the width straight across the cane. If you measure straight across a cut end of a bamboo stake at the widest point of the circle, that's the diameter.
Check home improvement stores, hardware stores, landscaping suppliers and everywhere that garden supplies are sold. Bamboo sticks sold for garden stakes tend to be inexpensive.
Contact wholesalers if you need bamboo sticks in a large quantity. See Resources 1 and 2.
Search online. For thick bamboo sticks, try entering "bamboo poles" "bamboo stakes" and "bamboo sticks" into search engines and shopping comparison websites. See References 1, 2 and 3. Check shipping times, shipping cost and return policies when shopping online.
Check shipping times, shipping costs and return policies when shopping online. If you are buying in person you will find that many retailers and suppliers offer cash and carry and some will even help load large poles.
Prepare your vehicle to prevent damage if you're buying long sticks. Use a tarp, sheet or blanket to protect upholstery as the bamboo ends can mark and even tear vinyl or leather. If you're buying long sticks that will protrude from the vehicle, bring a white or red piece of fabric to tie onto the end as a warning for other motorists. A bandanna or torn up T-shirt will work.
Bring rope or bungee cords to secure the poles or to tie down the rear hatch or boot if the poles will keep it from closing, so your rear window won't be obstructed. If you have a roof rack, bungee cord the poles to it.
Tips and warnings
- Widths are approximate: Bamboo is thicker where the leaves grew on the cane, and in a bunch of bamboo sticks, some will be thicker than others. If matching sizes is a priority, buy extra to have a wider selection to work from.
- Wear gloves to peel or cut bamboo. Bamboo slivers can cause a great deal of pain.
- Wear goggles for eye protection when cutting, breaking or sanding bamboo to prevent eye damage from splinters or particles.
- When ordering supplies, ask if the bamboo you want is currently in stock. Items on back order could take weeks to arrive.
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