Furnishing your home can become quite expensive, so making your own bamboo lights can save you money. You can save yourself a few pennies by making your own bamboo light with a solar-powered bulb and bamboo plants that you can keep in your living room or foyer and show off to all your visitors.
For this project, you will need a few tools. Aside from the bamboo itself, you will need a five-watt energy efficient light in a shade of yellow, cable, paint or varnish, glue or epoxy, cement and sandpaper.
First, select a dried bamboo pole that has at least a three-quarter to one-inch center hole. Thoroughly clean and smooth out the pole with sandpaper. Be careful, as bamboo splinters can be extremely sharp.
When you're finished sanding the bamboo, paint it with a brown paint or varnish. Allow the pole a spot to dry before continuing with constructing your lamp.
Select a segment of the bamboo pole to use as the lamp holder. You will then have to saw off the upper portion of the segment. Keep in mind that there will have to be a part of the segment that is still intact for the lamp holder. After the sawing, be sure to clean off the portion that you cut open with sandpaper to smooth it.
Make the lamp holder using cement, and make it approximately a foot tall. Use an old bucket or paint can to use for creating the mold for the holder. While the cement is still damp, insert the bamboo pole and let it dry. Paint the stand and the segment that was cut for holding the lamp with epoxy or varnish.
The final step is to install the light into the bamboo segment, and place the lamp where you want it in your home. Move it into an open space if you want it to stand out more.