Monday, June 30, 2008

Bicycle & DIY

I just got a new bike for my birthday(which is on sunday next week). I've been on the hunt for a Roberto Pie inspired bike for a long time now but nothing that is semi-decent priced. I really wanted a bike with fenders on the wheels but the ones that I did finally find was the only one they had in the store and it had a flat and I didn't love the colors that much(red and white). Also a lot of bikes I did look into also with fenders didn't have handle brakes. They all had cruiser brakes which are on the pedal, kind of dangerous if you don't know how to use 'em. This bike had a handle brakes and a fender on the chain(it's on the other side) but the handle bars are amazing, they are so comfortable to ride with. You don't have to perch forward to reach for them. They let you ride in an upright position, its great!!! My friend(the one with the city cruiser) and I went last week to a $.99 store to find fake flowers so we could decorate our baskets. When I finally got my bike this past Friday I purchased a basket(which comes off of it's stand and you can take it with you wherever). I really wanted a wicker basket, but the one they had compared to the metal one, wasn't sturdy. I placed the flowers I purchased on my basket for a feminine, girly, hippie feel to the bike. It is still kind of bare, so I'm thinking to add a little bit more to it and maybe a cover for the inside, we'll see.
What you will need:
- Pliers(really tough one)
-fake white flowers
- fake butterflies
Step 1: Cut the stems off the flowers. Each individual stem can be used to wrap around the basket bar/wicker.
Step 2: Keep twining the wires around until you've reached the amount you feel is necessary.
Step 3: Cut the butterflies out of their branch and keep them on their individual stem, with flowers still attached. Twine the butterflies around the bar/wicker. Add as many as desired.


niki said...

The basket looks so so cute! I have that same exact bike, except the women version and I've been trying to think of a good way to cute it up. Love the fake flower idea.

Tali said...

thanks so much!!! To be honest I was inspired by this installation in front of a Free People store. They had a really rusty retro cruiser sitting in front of the store for the purpose of giving the store a vibe. It was fully decked in hippie gear. It was great.

lucyloves said...

Thats such a good idea and looks so cute! I may have to do something similar to my bike!