How to Make Bamboo Curtains
Bamboo curtains have been made and used in Asia for centuries. Today they are the preferred decoration in millions of homes all over the world, and rightly so, as they not only shut off the draining summer heat, but also bring a pleasant and relaxing natural touch to your living space. What’s more, bamboo curtains are quite cheap, but never cheap-looking, and easy to make. Simply follow these easy steps, and soon you will become as skillful as an ancient weaving master.
Step 1 - Purchase Bamboo Strips
Visit your local home improvement store and buy thin strips of bamboo sufficient for your purposes. Choose sticks which are as straight as possible so that they may fit better together.
Step 2 - Cut to the Appropriate Length
If the desired bamboo length is not available, you will have to cut the strips yourself. To do so, take a fine-edge saw and tear at the joints with steady back and forward movements. Sawing off bamboo sticks should not present any problems.
Step 3 - Boil the Bamboo Sticks
Put the sticks in boiling water and wait until they become soft and silky. Then, take them out and dry them up with a towel or a piece of cloth.
Step 4 - Weave Copper Wire around the Sticks
Align the sticks so that they face the same direction (thus, your curtain will have the same color throughout). Take copper wire and start weaving around the sticks (at the beginning, leave 3.9 inches of extra wire, which you will need for the top panel). When weaving, tie the wire several times around a stick, changing the direction of weaving with each new stick. In this way, the sticks will be held tightly in place.
How much space you will leave between the sticks is entirely up to you: if you want to let more sunshine in, the spacing should be wider; if you want more privacy, tie the sticks closer together but make sure to never strain them. After you weave the last stick in, leave some additional wire for the bottom panel of the curtain. Take 2 wooden panels and attach the loose wire ends to them. Use nails or screw hooks for the top panel.
Step 5 - Create Interesting Patterns
This step is optional. You can create some interesting patterns by weaving lace or beads in your curtain. Their color and material is a matter of personal preference. If you have artistic tendencies, you can also paint some designs on your curtain. Before you begin, however, prepare its surface by sanding it lightly with 120 or 220 grit sandpaper. Apply the first coat of paint, wait for it to dry and retrace with a second coat of paint. This will ensure the vividness of the colors for years to come. It is recommended that you apply some varnish to protect your paint job.
Finally, it is good to know that cleaning bamboo furniture is quite easy. To wipe off any dust accumulated on your curtain, simply use a dust feather or the appropriate attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Should any stains stick to the curtain, wipe them off with a wet rag and some wood cleaner.