A Salute to the Garden Bike

Gary Hardman
by Gary Hardman
2 Materials
4 Hours

When garage sale cruising there are quirky things that make you pause. This vintage beat up bicycle got my attention. It was $10 with no tires…no seat…no problem. With Memorial Day and July 4th fast approaching, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

To get that Red, White and Blue going I dug through our material boxes and found an old red jacket, an old blue pillowcase and an old sheet with red and blue stars.

I cut the cloth into 2-3” strips and wound it around the spokes. I started to tie the ends together but found securing them with the glue gun worked better.

For the missing seat I taped three flags together at different heights and placed in the hole.

I attached a metal basket to the handlebars with wire and filled it with artificial flowers that were inserted into styrofoam.

For the bike handle I used a balloon anchor. I removed the base from it and glued the sparkly parts into the end of the handle.

The bike was was a fun easy project that can be completed in a couple of hours. It now stands proudly in our yard and gets an occasional salute.

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