Spring Break means one thing around here. Well, it means a couple of things, but the most important one is that warm weather is finally returning. Which means that we can go outside! My daughter has been itching to ride her bike since mid-January, and now that that temps have been creeping up into the 70s some days, she’s determined. When Walmart challenged me to share a spring break project, I thought it’d be a great time to break out the bike. Even better, we’re going to make it all fancy like 🙂 Hat tip to Sophie’s World for some great ideas.
Decorating a Bike
Really, you’re limited only by your imagination! But here are a couple of ways you can go about it with a few inexpensive supplies from Walmart, including:
- Ponytail holders or rubber bands
- Pipe cleaners
Make Ribbon Streamers
All you need is two elastic bands and some colorful ribbon. We used ponytail holders, but rubber bands would work great as well. Cut about 24 pieces of ribbon, 14″ in length, in various colors.
Simply attach the elastic band to something that will anchor it. We used a bottle of olive oil, but it could be a bottle of water, or even the wrist of a helpful assistant.With the elastic band around the bottle, tie each piece of ribbon securely to it, alternating colors. You should have 12 pieces of ribbon tied to each band.
When you’re done, remove the ponytail holders from the bottles.
Then simply secure the elastic band to the end of your the bike handles, doubling the elastic if you must.
I personally think this looks worlds better than the cheap plastic streamers that usually come on kids’ bikes, and they’ll no doubt last a whole lot longer!
Deck Out the Spokes
For a splash of colors when riding, decorate the spokes of the bike wheels. And all it takes is some pipe cleaners.
Literally, all you have to do is wrap colorful pipe cleaners around a few spokes.
I wouldn’t do every single one, because it can be time consuming. So we did every fourth spoke, and that pattern both saved us time and looked amazing when we were done.
Wrap the Frame
We thought the bike looked great after that, but we wanted to do something extra. The solution? We wrapped the frame in simple streamers. You know the kind you’d use to decorate for a birthday party? Yeah. Those.
My daughter wrapped the middle of the bike frame in a couple of colors to coordinate with her bike’s paint job.
These three simple projects left us with a hybrid bike that my daughter couldn’t wait to ride. Want to see the difference? Check out the before:
Not bad at all, but the basket was hanging on by a thread, and you can always make something more colorful, right?
So of course, I had to let her take it for a quick spin 🙂
If these ideas don’t tickle your fancy, I can think of a handful of other ways you could spruce up your bike with items from Walmart’s craft or bike departments:
- Weave ribbon through the spokes
- Add new reflectors
- Switch out the seat
- Add a basket
- Give the frame a new paint job
- Paint colorful stripes on the tires
Are you planning to fancify your bike or your kids’ bikes for the spring? I’d love to see them if you do!
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.