Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Upcycled Bike Basket for Kids

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On a whim, I put together this DIY upcycled bike basket for four year old K. See, he really likes to collect rocks and sticks. Often, he places them in his pockets or mine, but sometimes, neither of us have pockets. 

So one morning, we were going to go for a bike ride to the pond near our house, but he was being a little resistant to go. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted this old empty wipes container in our garage and I asked him if he would like to collect treasures in it. Then I thought, "Hey, let's attach it to the handlebars and make a basket!"

K was thrilled and so was my husband who eagerly grabbed the drill and string. Within minutes, K was ready to collect treasures from the pond in his brand new upcycled bike basket.

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How to Make a DIY Upcycled Bike Basket for Kids

Here's what you'll need to make your own DIY upcycled bike basket for kids:

On the back of the wipes container, carefully drill four small holes: two on top of each other on each side (see photo below). I say drill carefully because it is very easy to accidentally drill through the front of the wipes container. The size of the holes will depend on the size of the string or zip ties used to secure the container to the bike. Loop the string or zip tie through the holes and secure the container to the handlebars of the bike. That's it! It literally takes just a couple of minutes to put together.

How to turn a plastic wipes container into an easy DIY upcycled bike basket for kids from And Next Comes L

Your kid might want to decorate their bike basket using permanent markers, stickers, or washi tape, but since our container was already decorated with a lovely Finding Nemo sticker (that tells you how old this container is!), we skipped this step.

How to turn a plastic wipes container into an easy DIY upcycled bike basket for kids from And Next Comes L

Easy DIY upcycled bike basket for kids from And Next Comes L

The great thing about this DIY upcycled bike basket is that it can be opened in two ways. Kids can lift the whole lid to insert larger items into their basket...

How to turn a plastic wipes container into an easy DIY upcycled bike basket for kids from And Next Comes L

How to turn a plastic wipes container into an easy DIY upcycled bike basket for kids from And Next Comes L

Or they can pop open the wipe dispenser part to insert smaller objects. K really loves to push rocks through this small opening.

How to turn a plastic wipes container into an easy DIY upcycled bike basket for kids from And Next Comes L

Such a simple DIY project! And the kids are going to love being able to collect their own treasures while out on bike rides.

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