Update Your Bike With This Fabric Hack
Raise your hand if you have a hard time coming to terms with how expensive bikes are — me!! I had no idea that a nice bike could cost close to $1000! If this kind of purchase isn’t in your budget, and you’re just looking for something to cycle from A to B, I’d suggest hitting up sites like Craigslist. That way you can get a nice bike for a lower cost and help out the environment by: 1. Cutting down on driving 2. Recycling and reusing instead of purchasing something brand new.
Of course, buying something hand-me-down means that it might not be exactly your style. But we’re here to show you how easy it is to update an old bike with a new look! All you’ll need is half a yard of fabric and some dishwasher-safe Mod Podge :)
Materials and Tools:
- Mix Mod Podge and water into a bowl. Cut strips of fabric and dip into the glue mixture.
- Wrap strips of fabric around the structure of your bike. Let dry.
When choosing your fabric, find cotton that is thin and almost see-through. Cut strips that are about one inch wide and dip them into the glue mixture that is one part water to two parts Mod Podge.
Put on some rap music and start wrapping the structure of your bike. Let dry and then paint a coat of straight Mod Podge on top of the fabric. Let dry for five hours before riding.
Start cruising around town and stop by all the bright, solid-colored walls.
Then take some photos of your new bike next to some great greenery.
Hit up the beach and enjoy some time with your BAE in the sun.
When your bike matches its surroundings ;)
DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Brittany Griffin
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