DIY Bicycle Wheel Wreath
I have always loved the idea of creating a bicycle wheel wreath. I just think they are so pretty. I wanted mine to have sentimental meaning too; so I decided to use the bike wheel from my son's bike he out grew.
During the summer, my son is always outside riding his bike through the neighborhood with his friends. I will always love looking at the wheel and remembering my son at 9 years old, speeding by on his bicycle.
I love the idea of having his little bike wheel hanging on my wall for years to come. I'm going to show you a super easy way to create a beautiful wreath using a bike wheel, paint, and floral.
This is the wheel straight from his old bike.
I started by cutting the rubber tire off first. This part was probably the most difficult. I started by cutting the rubber with a pocket knife tool.
Once I got a good cut through the rubber, I continued to cut down the rubber. I did this on the opposite side as well.
By doing so, I was able to create a cut from one side to the other, and take the rubber tire and tube off the frame. (As seen in the picture below.)
Once I cleaned the frame, it was paint time! I decided to go with black. I was originally going to use spray paint; but wanted something less messy. I decided to go with this acrylic paint I had on hand.
I used a small brush, and painted around the rim of the bike frame. The spokes were already black, so I chose not to add paint to them.
I really only needed one coat over the frame; and just touched up spots that needed it.
After the paint dried, I sealed it with polycrylic matte spray. I had this on hand, so it was an easy choice.
I placed the wheel in a box before spraying the frame. This helped keep the poly off the floor of the garage.
Faux floral can get expensive, and I wanted to try to keep the cost of the project down. I decided to head into my storage closet and see what I had on hand. I found a random selection of floral; and figured they would be perfect for spring!
To apply the floral, I just twisted the stems tightly around the spokes. I would highly suggest using some sort of wire to help anchor the stems. I didn't have any on hand, so I just worked with what I had.
This was what it looked like after I added the floral around the rim. I wanted it to be more full, so I added some faux wisteria.
This is what it ended up looking like after I got all the floral on it. I decided to just set the wheel on top of my mantle for now. I may hang it at another time.
- Bike wheel
- Acrylic paint
StellaMoore on Jul 31, 2022
It's so unusual and beautiful. I admire your work and idea. You have created something superb from an ordinary wheel. Too bad the owner of that bike was left without transportation, lol. If he had insured it, the wheel would have been there. I can advise him on the best place to get his bike insured while saving money. You can also insure your bike here https://simplebikeinsurance.com/. Little does someone also like you use a bouquet wheel, lol. Good luck with your creativity. Keep up the good work as well.