12.20.2013

DIY Bicycle Taxidermy

Happy Friday Friends! If your getting your craft on this weekend, I've got an awesome craft for you to make for the bike lover in your life.  I've been so excited about making this for my nephew who LOVES "bikles". He's going to lose his mind when he finds out he gets to hang this in his room!  We loved it so much we made one for ourselves too. 

The process of making this was a lot easier than I thought it would be. My husband is a bike mechanic and works at a bike shop where people are always getting rid of old parts. He was able to get these from the shop, but I realize that it may be harder for some of you guys to acquire these yourselves. I recommend going to your local shop and seeing if they have any old parts you could buy off them for cheap. Most places would be MORE than happy to let you take them off their hands! 



Supplies:
- Plywood
- Used Saddle
- Handle Bar
- Stem
- Bicycle Stem Faceplate
- Screws
- Wire (used floral wire)
- Jigsaw
- Screwdriver
- zip ties
Before you start the above steps, you'll want to cut your wood out. If you do a square piece of wood for it to hang on you won't need a jigsaw, but if you do something more complicated that's the best tool for the job.

1. Take your handlebar and stem and fasten them together. You'll want to find the center of the board (which we didn't do such a hot job with on this one) and place your stem on the center. Hold the stem in place and secure it with the stem faceplate and some screws.

2. For our taxidermy, we had to zip tie the saddle in place because it didn't fit too well over the stem. We simply strung zip ties through the faceplate and ran them through the back of the saddle.

3. Cut off the excess zip tie after you secure the saddle. Make sure it's on there tightly because you don't want this falling on anyone's head!

4. Lastly, you'll want to secure wire to the back of your taxidermy so it can be hung! We used screws and some floral wire for this process. Make sure you use short screws so they don't show through the board. Wrap the wire around the screw and screw in place. Do this for both sides of your taxidermy piece.

 It should end up looking like this on the backside:

And here's the finished product!:
Next week I've got a few more DIY's ( think potato stamping and some awesome mobiles) to share with you before I take a break for Christmas! We've been pretty busy over here crafting up a storm AND re-doing my office and workspace. I can't wait to share the end results with you all. 


5 comments:

  1. That is so stinking cute! He is going to LOVE it!!!

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  2. Very Picasso's Bull's Head (1942). I love it.

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  3. It's obviously inspired by Picasso, and it's a bit weird that that's not mentioned anywhere.

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