More easy bamboo coaster projects for you

Handmade decor for my mini house

I’ve been all about the bamboo coaster crafts lately! It’s easy to turn a little container like this:

Into a cute hamper like this:

Or you can turn a small plastic container you no longer need, like this one:

into something much cuter, like this:

Let me walk you through the steps. Start with some small, sturdy containers. You’ll also need bamboo coasters like these:

Let’s start with the smaller container. This is a travel-sized container that I used for sunscreen at some point. I’m going to call this a hatbox, since that’s kind of how it ended up looking.

I started by creating the top of the container. I used a mesh-backed coaster for this part of the project because I wanted bamboo that would stay together well even after I cut it out.

Trace your cap and cut out your circle, and, when you’re happy with it, glue it to the top of your container.

I often get asked what kind of glue I use. For most projects, I use Elmer’s Glue-All multi-purpose glue. For projects involving paper (for instance, when I put up wallpaper in a dollhouse) I usually use Craft-Bond (aka rubber cement).

For the sides of the container, I used coasters without mesh backing because I wanted the bamboo to be as flexible as possible since it needed to wrap around a small, round container.

If your glue beads up, spread it around before applying your strips of bamboo siding. Otherwise it will seep out and you’ll have an unattractive mess!

If one coaster isn’t big enough to fit around your container, that’s okay. Focus on getting one piece in place properly. Hold it in place for a couple of minutes until it starts to set. Then add your remaining piece, readjust as needed, and use a rubber band or other materials to hold your container together while it dries thoroughly.

Isn’t that cute?

The best part of all is that it’s still a functioning container. Tiny treasures can be stored inside. For a container like this, you’re probably best off having the lid on but not **quite** closed while it’s drying. That way you won’t risk accidentally gluing it shut (if it’s closed tightly) or having the glue dry in a bulky way that makes it so it won’t close (if you have the base and lid drying as two separate parts).

Now let’s look at I how I made the little hamper.

This is a cardboard container that a little bottle of essential oils came in.

Ooh! What’s that inside?

That corrugated cardboard isn’t needed for this project, but I’ll save it for some future project.

I tried wrapping a coaster around the container. Would you believe it?? It’s a perfect fit!

I cut the coaster so that I had the correct portion for the top and the correct portion for the bottom, and then I simply glued each in place, following the same basic plan as with the previous hatbox project. Instead of using a random strip of coaster for the cap and another for the base, if you can use one piece and cut it, so it fits back together like a puzzle later, you’ll have a nice end product. No matter how neatly you cut your coasters, there may be slight nuances and when you put your cap on, you want it to look like a perfect fit.

Base in place! (That’s my little hatbox, not the hamper lid, right behind it.) As you can see above, my coaster extended beyond the bottom of the container. Since it was already so tall, I cut off the excess. If I was going to use this for a different scale project (for instance, a hamper in a Barbie doll house), I would have left it as it was.

This lid is cute, but I didn’t really want a bit of ribbon as my hamper handle, so I removed it.

These piece of a necklace is going to be my hamper handle instead.

Here’s a look at my hamper when it was just about done. Just waiting on that handle.

Once again, I used the mesh-backed coaster for the lid and the non-mesh-backed coaster for the sides. This container was basically designed to have some bamboo popped onto the top of it. It fit perfectly in the cardboard circle that was already part of the container’s design!

Back to that handle…

Since there was already a little hole in the lid from where I removed the ribbon handle, attaching it was really simple.

I just sewed it into place.

Here are some looks at the finished hamper:

Next up, faux tiki lights! This project was REALLY fast and easy. I just wrapped some coaster bits around some caps, added string, and had fun little lights.

Here’s a room using all of these bamboo projects along with the planters previously seen and some other fun, easy projects, like bamboo coaster blinds, table runners, and place mats.

All photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

 

A cozy breakfast room on a budget

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Today’s room box has lots of inexpensive touches.

The dresser, cabinet, and small table (night stand) were all Dollar Store purchases or from the dollar (or so) aisle of one of my local craft stores. All were originally unpainted. The dresser and night stand have non-functioning drawers, unfortunately.

I wove the chunky rugs on a potholder loom. The flat, tan one is just a scrap of burlap.

Here’s a link to a previous post about the faux macrame wall hanging and the faux light fixture.

The white, fringy wall hanging on the far left is an earring.

This little plant goes here!

The diamond shaped wall hanging is a scrap of burlap I wove some yarn into.

The oversized wooden pot on top of the cabinet was featured here. It’s a napkin ring.

Earrings from Prague.

All photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Wallpaper in the farmhouse kitchen and dining area

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I got a lot of work done on my Craigslist farmhouse’s kitchen and dining area this weekend. I still need to install some trim, but I did a little decorating, just for fun. Here’s a look:

The light fixture and bowl on the chopping block are Etsy finds, mentioned in this previous post.

I made the little woven table runner on a small loom. Here’s a look:

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The wallpaper, including the flower mural, is scrapbook paper.

This little chopping block is from a thrift store.

All photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

In case you missed it, I’ve got a contest going on right now. I’m looking for a new for the dollhouse! Here are all the details.

Progress on the attic

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With some help from a blow dryer, I was able to loosen up the glue holding the carpet and divider wall in place. Here’s a look at my progress:

A poppy-papered writing studio

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Time to catch up on letter writing in this poppy-papered studio!



This poor little dog has been dirty ever since he had to live in a flower pot one summer. I can’t get him clean! But how can I throw him away? He’s too cute.


Coffee, puppy, poppies. Ready to catch up on letter writing!

Trying out paint colors on shingles

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Painting dollhouse shingles. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Painting dollhouse shingles. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I’m trying out paint colors on shingles. I’ve decided to go with a mix of yellows and browns. You may be tempted to shingle your house and paint it later, since this is much faster than painting shingles individually. I think it’s worth the extra time to paint them individually, varying the color a bit from shingle to shingle, so your finished product looks more realistic.

I will show you where to start applying your shingles soon!

More shingles. The fishscale style are fine for my house -- I'll just keep the round part hidden beneath other layers.

More shingles. The fishscale style are fine for my house — I’ll just keep the round part hidden beneath other layers.

It takes a long time, but this is what television is for. So you can watch it, guilt-free, while accomplishing mindless projects like painting 8 zillion mini shingles.

Have I mentioned how excited I am that the Real Housewives of New York are back? I love them all!!!!! Even Ramona has carved a small place in my heart.

My mini cutting board collection is complete!

Furniture and decor I've purchased

In my real (human scale) home, I have a collection of cutting boards, so naturally my mini house needed one as well. At the miniature show in Chicago, I found three new mini cutting boards, all from seller Dragonfly International. I already have a couple other mini cutting boards, so now my collection is complete. Also, check out the adorable pots and yardstick, also from Dragonfly International!

Regular cutting boards and mini cutting boards. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Regular cutting boards and mini cutting boards. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

 
Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
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Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

The World’s Largest Miniature Show

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This weekend was Chicago International 2015, the world’s largest miniature show, and I was there! I have tons of photos to share, but I’ll start with just one, showcasing these beautiful original paintings by artist Leslie Smith. For more information, click on the photo to be redirected to his website:

Miniature paintings by Leslie Smith.

Miniature paintings by Leslie Smith.

Mini modern bed and pom pom accented bedding

Handmade decor for my mini house

Inspired by modern miniature beds like this, I have created a bed for my miniature master bedroom. The frame is made of part of a picture frame and some thumb tacks. The mattress is made of a piece of Styrofoam covered in quilt batting. It is a work in progress. I plan to give it another coat of paint and maybe add a headboard.

The sheets, comforter, and pillows are made from a fabric remnant, a curtain, and some mini pom pom balls. Since the master bedroom is not that big, this bed will be the focal point of the room. You may recognize the LOVE pom pom pillow from a project I started several weeks ago.

Souvenir ornament repurposed into a light fixture

Everyday objects repurposed

This trinket that someone purchased in Jamaica is going to make a fabulous light fixture! Here is the “before” version of it:

Jamaica ornament. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Jamaica ornament. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

It was filled with blue sand, little shells, a tiny starfish, and a little pail. My initial attraction to it was based upon the tiny shells, which I thought might be cute sitting on a shelf in my mid century marvel’s bathroom one day.

The only thing keeping the sand and shells inside was a small, easy-to-remove plastic cap at the bottom of the ornament.

Evidence that people spend way too much money when they're on vacation. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Evidence that people spend way too much money when they’re on vacation. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I separated the stuff inside from the ornament:

The materials to turn my mid century marvel's bathroom into a tropical oasis of beachiness. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

The materials to turn my mid century marvel’s bathroom into a tropical oasis of beachiness. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Next I cleaned up the ornament with some nail polish remover. Without too much trouble the word Jamaica was erased. Here is a picture of it after about thirty seconds of scrubbing at the ornament with a Q-tip and polish remover. After another couple of minutes, the word was gone.

Using finger nail polish remover to erase the word printed on the ornament. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Using finger nail polish remover to erase the word printed on the ornament. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

The word and the price sticker all came cleanly off, leaving me with this little globe:

Light fixture for a very small house. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Light fixture for a very small house. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

With a little more work, this small globe is going to be a great light fixture one day!