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DIY Bike Basket

by 5 July 11, 2013

bike basket diyToday's DIY is extra useful this time of year, with the warm summer nights and beautiful farmer's market mornings! My mom bought me this sweet little bike as an early birthday gift a few weeks ago. I have been searching and searching for the perfect basket, but the only ones that I could find were either cheesy looking or way too big/expensive. I decided I could make one that was cuter and cheaper, so I am going to share with you luvvies exactly how I accomplished such a thing.

You will need:

-A basket

-Spray paint

-Craft paint in the accent color of your choice

-A small paintbrush

-Scissors

-Either some sturdy string or some wire

diy bike basket suppliesThe most difficult part for me was finding the right basket. The size will depend on your bike and what you will be using it for, but you definitely want to find a basket that has flat sides to rest up against your bike. I would suggest checking thrift stores or garage sale first, because baskets can be a little bit pricey. I purchased this one at my local Goodwill for $1.00. Once you find the right basket, it is time to get to painting! I just used the remainder of a can of ivory spray paint I found in my cabinet. If you are buying a new can, make sure is outdoor-friendly!

white basket copyIt took me about 3-4 coats of spray paint before I was satisfied with how the basket was covered. You will want to let the spray paint dry all the way before painting the accent color on your basket.

yellow paint copyWhen your basket is fully dry, get out your paintbrush and the color of craft paint you have chosen. I used a bright yellow acrylic, as I thought it would accent my candy apple bike nicely. :)

paint diy bike basketThe way you paint your basket is totally up to you, so have fun with it! If you like a lot of color, you certainly don't have to limit yourself to one accent color. As you luvvies can see, I painted mine base upon the way the basket was woven.

attach basket copyWhen you are don't painting, you are ready to attach your basket to your bike! I used a really strong string for this DIY, but I think I will probably go back and swap it out for wire. It depends on how heavy your cargo will be. Here I just threaded the string though the weaves in my basket and around my bike bar in a couple of different places and secured each one with a tight knot.

diy bike basket copyNow you are all finished! Since I already had the paint, this project only cost me $1. Even if you need to by your paint and wire, I think you can accomplish this in under $10. Not too shabby!

bike basket diy copyI don't know about you luvvies, but I'd say she is ready for cargo!

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