50+ Things You Can Do With Bamboo

50+ Things to do with Bamboo


Bamboo is an amazing plant. It is the fastest growing woody plant on earth. It can be made into almost anything and it can grow up to 4 feet in a day and will reach maturity in two years! It's stronger than steel by weight and yet very lightweight. All parts of the bamboo plant can be used. It is sustainable and naturally water-proof and grows without the use of fertilizers. Strands of bamboo can provide 35% more oxygen than an equivalent amount of trees.


Bamboo is actually quite remarkable. It is a sustainable resource (especially since you virtually cannot get rid of it) but it is also very light yet strong. I have had a love affair with bamboo for a long time now, but it wasn't until I started looking into deeply that I found out all the amazing things that this plant is capable of. If you don't have any bamboo I'm sure someone who does wouldn't mind at all if you took some of theirs. If you do have bamboo and you don't know what to do with it, you've come to the right place!


Nevertheless, bamboo is also an incredibly invasive plant. Actually it's a grass but once planted it can be very difficult to contain or erradicate. So, I would think twice before planting it, however, you may already have done so. If you already have access to this plant here are a million things to do with it, ok not quite a million but 50! If you can't find something to do with your bamboo in this list I can't help you!



1. Furniture: You can make your own furniture with bamboo! ------>



2. Housing: Many houses are made of bamboo in the tropical areas of the world. Because it is light, strong and in great supply it makes the perfect building material.



3. Bamboo Diapers: Biodegradable and therefore will not contribute to the overwhelming mound of plastic diapers polluting our land-fills.



4. Paper: From what I researched making paper whether it's from bamboo or any other source is not easy however, it's doable and rewarding.


5. Toilet Paper: Although I couldn't find any videos on how to make your own toilet paper, I don't think it would be hard to make. It would be a great way to make your own toilet paper should the SHTF or if you were off the grid.

http://ecopreneurist.com/2014/04/14/bamboo-sugarcane-help-toilet-paper-go-tree-



6. Pipe: While I don't condone smoking, bamboo does make a great pipe. Here is a video showing one man's home-made bamboo pipes. -->


7. Wood Chip Mulch for the Garden: Can you ever have too much mulch! Bamboo is perfect for this, especially if you have too much and don't know what to do with it. Get a wood chipper and have at it!


8. Bamboo Fishing Poles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dj5CJJHtSY

9. Back Scratcher Instrument: See video ----------------->


10. Bamboo Violin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9duShaD56jo


11. Baskets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbknyAGw1Ro


12. Bamboo Wattle and Daub: Amazing technique using bamboo and earth to build interior walls.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRxJ_Low-dQ


13. Ladder: Why buy a ladder when you can make one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoKzDI-vy2o




14. Bamboo Pop Up Yurt: This is just amazing, forget buying that expensive tent, make your own!

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15. Fencing: Beautiful and easy to do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qezi-vnb8Kw


16. Flooring: While I don't think that bamboo flooring would make a good DIY project, nevertheless it is beautiful. Here is how it's made.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu5QRDNLeYw


17. Tea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBMBj-lW9eM


18. Mats: These are good for patios and/or muddy walkways. ------>


19. Outdoor Bamboo Shower: This is beautiful and it doesn't look like it would be a hard DIY project.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOHWsB9EC5k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQdv4JYyXyM



20. Rain Gutters: Bamboo is naturally water resistant, however you can reinforce the natural resistance with polyurethane: Picture:



21. Room Dividers: ---->


22. Bamboo Food: Yes you can eat bamboo! I've never tried it but now I want some!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt5kDpbR4GU


23. Roofs: Labor intensive but cheap bamboo materials! ----->


24. Clothing: Environmentally friendly and as soft as silk! Bamboo fabric keeps the body cooler when hot and warmer when cold out.


25. Socks: Ultra soft and sustainable


26. Flip Flops: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0gSSsDKHIY



27. Bowls: --------------------------->


28. Purses: Gucci even makes purses with bamboo handles!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NbhkdjiWj0



29. Bridges: In this video a kid makes a bridge, it looks like just about anyone could do this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaJ1HicHZLI

This bridge is much larger and pretty amazing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnO8CrDDU_4


30. Bamboo Boats: In this first video a bunch of kids made this boat, it's really amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRev5Ye1aTA

This is a much larger boat and was not made by kids, it's awesome!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiipUaUGn5o


31. Bamboo Cars: Well since I found bamboo boat, I figured there had to be bamboo cars out there too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6rsHwr0jK8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZJwHDrLL2Y


32. Make beautiful house plants and gifts.


33. Scaffolds: Although you seldom see bamboo scaffolds here in the United States, you do see them all over the place in asia. They are actually safer than steel in bad weather and only 1/10 of the cost of steel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwDIS_3RqxY

34. Making a Kite or Buka: Bamboo is great for making kites because it is very strong yet flexible.------------------------>


35. Bamboo Paper Plates: While this is not a DIY project these are eco-friendly disposable plates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-VVQjfGCvc


36. Bamboo Bed: This bed looks so easy I think even I could make it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc6YO9fke3M


37. Sheets: Softer than 1000 thread sheets made of cotton!



38. Flutes: Bamboo is perfect for making flutes, they are practically shapes like flutes anyway!--->


39. Cups: You can make your own or you can buy sophisticated ones in the store. Here is a video on how to make your own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7tUzCp1YpE


40. Window Blinds: You can make them yourself with ...Bamboo!

http://www.ehow.com/how_6918132_make-own-bamboo-blinds.html


41. Sustainable, Biodegradable Alternative to Plastic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5EOabZmXwkhe


42. Earbuds: I have a pair myself and they really are great. See the amazon ad above if you want a pair.


43. Bamboo Skateboards : Bamboo skateboards are virtually indestructible, watch this video for a side by side comparison:-------------->


44. Bamboo Surfboards: Makes super lightweight yet strong surfboards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_fI1nzJSl4


45. Bicycles: Bamboo bikes are inexpensive to make and very durable, here are a few websites if you are so inclined to make one.

http://www.bu.edu/today/2010/how-to-make-a-bamboo-bike/

http://bamboobicycleclub.org/


46. Fans: These are decorative fan that you can make with your children on a rainy day with bamboo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBDv972gel0


47. Bamboo as Medicine: Bamboo is used all over the world to treat stomach disorders, stopping infections and bleeding to name but a few. Here is an excellent article describing the medical benefits of bamboo.

http://natural-herbal-remedies.knoji.com/bamboos-surprising-medicinal-uses/


48. Bamboo Chimes: ------>

49. A Lobster, Crab or Crayfish Trap: A nice DIY project if you are in need of a good meal!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDJyzSEgs8Y


50. A Blowgun: Some kid on YouTube (see video below) made a home-made blowgun out of a stalk of bamboo. Now, I think this can be quite dangerous so I'm not sure I would recommend it but hey if you ever find yourself stuck on a tropical island and being hunted by cannibals..it could come in handy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTvXqkgf0Q&list=PLm


Bamboo Rain Gutters

51. Bamboo Rain Gutters:-------------->

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Very interesting Brie, I really learned something here. Is this related to Bamboo shoots? Anyway thanks for sharing.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes, bamboo shoots are part of the bamboo plant. Thanks I'm glad you liked it. It probably took me longer to gather all this information than for any other hub I've ever written.


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Esenbee 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

Very interesting...I'm still stuck on the bamboo diaper. I didn't know this plant was very versatile. Thanks for sharing!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Me either..since writing this article I want to start my own bamboo farm!


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Esenbee 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

Lol, wow! You should do it!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

You never know, could happen.

Please share this article on your facebook; I am trying to get some exposure for it.


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Esenbee 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

Okay, sure thing!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

There are so many uses of bamboo who would of ever guessed. I can't wait to give some of the ideas a try. I wonder where you can get bamboo wholesale ? I will look online ? What ideas have your tried?Llook out world bamboo and me here we come.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for commenting "Dream On". I haven't tried any yet but I will...as soon as I get some land, which shouldn't be too much longer now. Let me know if you try some.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm surprised I didn't read this. We discovered bamboo a couple years ago, and we use it for everything around our little urban farm. It is the greatest thing since sliced bread in my humble opinion. :)


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I know huh! It's the bomb, I can't wait to start experimenting with it.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I didn't realize that bamboo had so many uses! Thanks for sharing all the interesting information and links.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

You're welcome.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Great hub. I knew about bamboo and its uses. We have used a lot of bamboo in our interior design of our holiday cottage against the wall and in the garden. Growing bamboo needs a lot of water so it does not do so well on the coast on a steep sloping plot. Instead I have the ornamental variety in a pot.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Good to know, thanks for commenting.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love bamboo as furniture and flooring, but didn't know it also had all these other uses. The diapers and tent ideas are quite interesting. I am much more informed today, thanks to you!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I'm glad you like it. I enjoyed writing this article because it was eye-opening for me as well.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I love bamboo yarn--although it tends to really stretch


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I've never tried it, maybe one of these days.


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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

What an amazing list. Bamboo tea? Bamboo sheets? Food? Who knew? I do use it in the garden to stake my tomato plants. Thanks for sharing this very interesting list.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

You're welcome, I'm glad you like it.


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

Very interesting.Bamboo reminds me of a man who sold us candy apples outside the school when we were kids.Those apples were stuck in holes in Bamboo .Thanks for bringing up such sweet memories.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I'm glad I could do that for you, thanks for commenting James-wolve.


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peachpurple 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

bamboo diapers and cups? Never seen one before. You got a lot of ideas for this bamboo hub, thumbs up


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Brie Hoffman 18 months ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks "peachpurple", I found most of them while researching the topic.


Joel 15 months ago

Hello Brie. Have recently become interested in bamboo as a friend of a friend had some that was going to be destroyed and I was able to harvest some of it and want to get some more. While I googled what you can do with bamboo, I came across you. I see that your name is Brie and that you live in Manhattan. Just wonder if you are the Brie of "Bob and Brie, what we saw" on you tube. It was about 911.


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Brie Hoffman 15 months ago from Manhattan Author

No, I'm not but it sounds interesting..I'll check it out.


Bambusart 14 months ago

Greetings Brie and thanks for the choosing Bamboo as a topic. I want to offer to yourself or any of your readers my information as I am involved in the manufacturing of a variety of bamboo goods. My company has an operations base in rural China where most things bamboo come from. We'd be pleased to connect to educate and discuss with anyone who is interested in the material in its various forms. Further understanding of bamboo means more use and a broader deeper market... its exactly what we want to support.


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Brie Hoffman 14 months ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Bambusart.


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Kim Bryan 5 months ago

My husband and I purchased some farm land and found we have approximately 4-5 acres of bamboo. He's considered selling; now I have to tell him I have plans for it. lol Thanks for the great info!

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