More easy bamboo coaster projects for you

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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.

 

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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:

Decorate This (Mini) Room

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Since my dollhouse is done, I’ve been having some fun decorating a room box. This is the perfect project for a beginner, someone on a budget, or anyone with a short attention span! Any cardboard shipping box is all you need for your structure. Dress it up with scrapbook paper, mini furniture and accessories. Below are a couple of recent projects, including a bohemian bedroom, inspired by a clearance iron-on butterfly I bought a couple days ago, and a Christmasy room filled with clearance minis.








A closer look at the living room

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A closer look at the living room

A closer look at the living room

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room

Much of the art, furniture, and accessories in the Flip This (Mini) House project are repurposed objects I found for next to nothing at garage sales and thrift stores, or that I created from materials from craft stores and hardware stores.

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room. To learn how to make a bubble chair, faux modern pendant light, and much more, take a look at old posts.

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room. To learn how to make a bubble chair, faux modern pendant light, and much more, take a look at old posts.

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House project

Flipping my mini house

For the past few months, I’ve been holding off on revealing the Flip This (Mini) House project. Today’s the day I’m going to give you a closer look at some of the finished details, starting with the kitchen! Let me know what you think!

Mini kitchen reveal. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Mini kitchen reveal. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Something's cooking in the kitchen... Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Something’s cooking in the kitchen… Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

After almost a year of flipping my mini house…

Flipping my mini house

It’s almost ready for the grand unveiling! Here’s a look at the exterior:

Flip This (Mini) House -- almost completed! Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Flip This (Mini) House — almost completed! Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Soon you’ll get to see the other side! See which of my handmade items, eBay finds, splurges, and repurposed household objects made the final cut. But first, there are a few more pieces of trim to install, a couple of places where the paint needs to be touched up, and a some final decorating decisions to be made.

My roof is almost finished (really!)

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Here’s a look at my nearly finished roof! As you can also see, the chimney will be covered in blue stones to match the exterior paint. Once I add grout it will look better. This part of the project has taken as long as the rest of it combined!

Almost done! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Miniature Schnauzer & Miniature Roof Makeover. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Miniature Schnauzer & Miniature Roof Makeover. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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.