Riding your bike through the warm rays of the sun and cool shade of the leaves has to be one of the simplest pleasures in life. Pimp out your bike with this shabby chic crate basket – toss in your purse, picnic lunch, or those freshly-cut hydrangeas while pedaling home from the farmer’s market. Save the planet, and look good doing it!
STEP 1: Paint the entire wood crate white, both interior and exterior. Let it fully dry.
STEP 2: Place a strand of painter’s tape diagonally across the exterior of the wood crate. Paint the section below the painter’s tape mint green, and leave the section above the tape white. Take this opportunity to paint the side of the crate green as well, to create a fun alternating color scheme. Let the crate dry and remove the tape.
STEP 3: Cut two pieces of polypropylene tape, each 13cm long. Using your snap fastener pliers, we’re going to fasten some snaps to the tape. Going from left to right, we’re going to attach two caps facing up – one on the edge, one in the middle of the tape. The third snap will be a stud, facing downwards, on the right edge of the tape. When you loop the tape, you should be able to fasten it shut, with the cap in the middle facing outwards. Make sense? Now snap the loop in place around one of the slats of the wood crate.
STEP 8: Take your belts, and loop them vertically through one side of the crate, parallel to each other. Fasten the belts around the handlebars of your bike to secure your basket in place. To do this, you may need to drill in an extra hole in the belt in order for it to be tightly secure to the bike. Cut off the excess length of belt and glue the remaining bit of strap in place.
Now toss in a blanket, your iPad, your ice cold drink of choice, and hit the road! The perfect accessory for summer cruising in a green world! If you’re looking to create this bike basket this summer, make sure to show us and tag us @BeMakeful!