Bamboo, Coconut craft ,Weaving and Basketry

Bamboo Craft

A very useful material and is abundant in the Philippines. It belongs to the family of grasses and can grow as high as 70 to 100 feet. It has a hard and smooth outer covering and is also strong and durable.
 A mature bamboo, when treated properly, is resistant to insects. When not exposed to the Bamboo elements, it can last as long as 20 to 25 years. Bamboo does not shrink after it has been dried.
They can be split into tiny pieces and still can be bent without There are several known species of bamboo in the country.

1.Chinese Bamboo - It is native of China and Japan, which grows up to 3 meters high with culm diameter of 2 cm. It is ideal for ornamental purposes or as a

2. Spiked Bamboo- It is called kawayan tinik because it has spines. It is a tall bamboo, growing to height may reach 20 centimeters.

3. Kawayang Kiling - It does not have spines. The stems are smooth yellowish or yellow green.

4. Boho - It is a stout bamboo. It is straight and does not have spines. Its walls are relatively thin.

Uses of Bamboo

Bamboo has many uses. It is used as food, shelter, and decorative material. Other uses of bamboo are:
1.Bamboo is used as a construction material for building houses and bridges.
2. Split bamboo is used for making net, hat, umbrella, fan, and fishing rod.
3. Bamboo is used in making different furniture such as smaller stems are used as walking stick or staff. bed, chairs, and tables.
4. Some species of bamboo are well-suited for paper production.
5. Bamboo leaves are used for making thatch.
6. The shoot is used for food and bamboo seeds are used

Make it

Bamboo fan
A bamboo fan is very useful during hot season. They can be simple or a fancy and be ae
Beautiful with lace and printed textile.

12 pieces flat bamboo stick
length 20 cm
width 1 cm
Thickness 2 mm
Lace and printed cloth
Glue, finishing nail, and rivet

1. Split the bamboo stick (12 pieces) and smoothen all with a knife.
2. Bore a hole at the bottom side, about 3 cm from the tip of each stick.
3. Insert the rivet in the hole and arrange the sticks in a l
4. Cut the cloth in the shape of the fan. Glue the lace to the cloth. Let it dry. Use a nail.
5. Spread glue on the bamboo sticks and carefully glue the cloth to each stick should be glued at the front side and fast stick glued at the hack side of the stick.

Coconut Craft

The coconut palm thrives in almost all parts of the country. It may grow to 100 feet tall. There are also dwarf varieties that give as much yield of coconuts as the tall ones. The coconut is called the "Tree of Life," because, practically, all parts of the coconut are utilized in handicraft as well as in building houses and bridges.
The leaves are used to thatch huts. Strips of leave called coir are made into basket, rope, hat, and broom. Screen and basket are made by plating the leaflets. Utensils such as cups, bowls, and spoons are made from the shell of the nut. Coconut oil is used for food, cooking, lighting, and for soap making. Coconut oil cake or copra is used for livestock feed and Coconut meat is eaten raw or cooked. The terminal bud vegetable. The sap is a favorite beverage in tropical countries fertilizer.

Make it

Coco bowl
Make a coco bowl that can be used as container for your snacks or candies. Bring the required materials and follow the procedure below

coconut shell (Cut into equal parts. You can also ask for free shells in the market)
small knife
plastic bottle
beads or colored stone, ribbon, and lace

1. Clean the coconut shells. S Scrape and smoothen the inner and outer sides with a Sandpaper.
2. Polish the coconut shell with natural varnish.
3. Glue the bottle cover at the bottoms side of the coconut shell.
4. Decorate your coco bowl with colored stones, ribbon, or lace.

Weaving and Basketry

The weaving of grasses, roots, stems, and leaves to form a container is known as basketry.
Basketry takes two (2) forms, namely: (1) the soft strip weave and (2) the hard strip weave. Soft strip weave is the weaving of soft materials such as threads, fibers, leaves, straw, laces, and tapes. These materials may be obtained from industrial fiber plants. Today, synthetic materials such as plastic tubing and tapes, have become abundant as weaving materials.

Practice weaving using plastic materials. Choose your design.


Plastic cover (13 cm diameter) from wide-mouthed plastic bottle or ice cream container
2 bags of plastic straw (soft drinks)


1.Make small holes around the plastic cover about l cm apart.
2 insert plastic straw and knot it at the bottom.
3.Proceed to weave your basket using the plastic straw.

Practice weaving using plastic materials. Choose your design


plastic battles (1.5-liter soft drink plastic bottle)
bags of plastic straw


1.Remove the top portion of the plastic bottle.
2.Then cut the sides about 1 inch apart use a cutter
3.Choose your pattern fused plastic straw or strips then proceed to weave around the bottle