I kind of love how simple and pretty this turned out. Want one for your house too? Let's get started.
bamboo sticks (I found mine at Craft Warehouse)
thin canvas board (8x10 inches)
pom pom trim
black paint and brush
Start by painting the canvas black. This way it doesn't really show up behind the bamboo, it kind of blends into the shadows.
While that's drying, cut up the bamboo sticks into about 8.5 inch pieces. You can see that mine don't line up exactly, and I like it that way. I needed 27 pieces to completely cover the canvas board, which required 5 sticks of bamboo. I cut the bamboo with branch trimmers, and it worked great.
Glue the bamboo pieces onto the canvas. I set mine out on the table first and secured them will clear tape which made it easier to keep them in place while gluing.
Cut a heart shape from the felt and glue the pompom trim to the back side, all the way around.
Glue the heart to the bottom corner of the bamboo. **Sometimes hot glue can travel through felt, or make a big ugly spot show up. To eliminate this, just put little drops of glue near the pom poms on the back side. Since the felt is very light it doesn't need a lot**
I just have mine propped up, but you could glue some kind of hanger to the back and put it on the wall instead.
Do you currently have any bamboo in your house? What about any great ways to celebrate Chinese New Year?