With warmer temperatures on the horizon, I am looking forward to spending lots of time biking with my kids this summer. Is there anything that makes you feel like a kid again like riding on a bike? I think not! Today’s post offers 7 ideas for a DIY Bike Makeover that you can do on a bike you already own or on a bike that you might like to purchase from your local Goodwill Store.
Did you know that Goodwill has bikes? I often see them lined up outside of our store and I had been dreaming of buying one and updating it with a few embellishments and spray paint of my own. As I had been dreaming and bookmarking my plans, my husband secretly surprised me with a bike to celebrate selling my first book.
I am a knitter so I can appreciate any good craft with yarn especially when it comes to knitted or crocheted embellishments. If your bike basket is lacking a little sparkle, consider knitting or crocheting some beautiful flowers like claireabelle makes.
My favorite resource for knitted/crocheted embellishments is to visit Ravelry and sign up for a free membership and search through their patterns for flowers. I sort them by FREE patterns so that I don’t have to spend a lot to create something new and it is a great way to stash bust yarn you already have or to put to good use donated yarn from Goodwill!
Tricycles need a little love too and I remember as a kid how much fun it was to have my ribbon and glittered tassels blowing in the wind while I rode my bike, and the sounds as they flapped through the breeze. If your child’s ribbon tassels are looking a little sad or you want to add that special flair to a Goodwill bike, consider making your own ribbon tassels with this fabulous ribbon tassel tutorial from Northstory, made from wooden golf tees and a variety of cute ribbons!
Who says the seat on your bike needs to be boring? Why not put your needlecraft skills to good use and crochet a seat cover for your bike? I am in love with this fabulous pattern created over at And Sew We Craft for dressing up your bike seat.
Consider spray painting your bike in a similar theme to the yarn or yarn bomb your bike by wrapping yarn around the different metal parts or handles. This seat cover would also be cute paired with those knitted embellishments that we talked about on our basket!
Is there anything that DOESN’T benefit from a bunting? Surely not! I think this fabric bunting would be a cute one to try for bike parades for the 4th of July in a red,white, & blue for the holiday. Once again, claireabelle makes shows off a cute tutorial for sewing a simple fabric bunting to add to your bike basket!
Before I wrap up this piece, I just wanted to remind you that even the parts from bikes can be used in beautiful and creative ways. It’s Handmade shows off an adorable way to use a bike wheel for displaying pictures or even your to-do list. I think this would be such a fun addition to our office and I am going to be on the lookout for a wheel of my own to use!