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Make your own bike streamers

It’s almost week 3 of summer and operation Occupy My Restless Kids is in full effect. Almost every day there is some craft or activity that we do just so I don’t have to hear “Mom I’m bored” which about as grating on the ears “Mom I’m hungry”. I’ll take bored. I hate cooking in the kitchen in the heat of the summer.

Who am I kidding, I hate cooking.

So yesterday we made bike streamers.

For these you’ll need:

– wooden golf tees

– eye screws

– rubber gloves

– thumbtack

– ribbons of your choice (I recommend grosgrain as satin tends to fray more – but you can always heat seal or glue the ends to prevent fraying)

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Now most bike streamers that are sold come with this sexy plastic piece of crap. The kids pull off the streamers and I’ve had more pairs break that I can count.

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In which case I went looking for something sturdier that could slide into the handle bars and when I came across the golf tees at my local Dollarama I thought there we go.

So take your golf tee and a thumbtack and put that thumbtack ALL the way down to into the golf tee. This well help you screw in your eye screw.

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Next get on your rubber gloves and screw in the eye screw.

You can try to do this without rubber gloves but it’s kind of like asking to walk around with a welted bruised thumb for the next week so this helps you to screw in the eye screw easily.

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The kids picked out which ribbons they wanted to use and we threaded them through.

I used 20″ (51 cm) of ribbon per each streamer.

I have a massive ribbon collection and wind up re-using everything. I am never going to wind up using up that rainbow ribbon. I should do a giveaway.

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Stick then into the handlebars and you’re good to go! I tried this out on 3 different bike sizes from a tricycle to a big kid bike and they all fit.

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And then you get to keep your kids outside to burn energy.

Happy Kids, Sane Mother.

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31 Comments

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    Kate
    July 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Genius, Alex! Love these… And never mind the kids, I’m thinking a bling combination of neon pink and silver for my own genteel ladies’ shopper; Something to raise eyebrows when I go to the store…

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      Alex
      July 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      LOL! I could totally see you doing that on the beautiful bike I’ve seen on your site! πŸ™‚

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    Victoria β€’ Restoring our Victorian
    July 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Kate read my mind. Also, those will be good for when I’m ready for a walker. I plan to be one of those old ladies who don’t know the time for leopard pants is past…

    As always, adorable and creative. And easy!

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      Alex
      July 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      So the morale of the story is I should rename this craft How to Make Bike Streamers for sexy women riding cute gorgeous retro bicycles in fields of Gold and Glamour!

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        Jan
        June 10, 2015 at 5:16 pm

        Yes Alex you should rename this craft. Love, love this idea. I am going make them for mine and my adult daughter’s beach cruisers for our family trip to San Diego. Not quite ready for the walker or leopard pants but one day…

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    Tara @ Suburble
    July 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    This is fantastic! I love the golf-tee hack – how clever (and we have a living tonne of these all over the house). Now I just have to pick our some fabulous ribbon. I’m sure Lila would prefer Hello Kitty… and I’d want something turquoise. πŸ˜‰

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    ScrapAndSalvage
    July 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    very clever, alex!! and they look smashing. bet your daughters love them!!!

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      Alex
      July 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      They think they’re pretty cool but can you believe that they’re at such a point where they expect crafts as an an everyday part of life. Which is great but man does it tire me out. This week I got lectured b/c I forgot to the do butterfly fairy ribbon wands. Or something like that.

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    Danielle
    July 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Alex… this is so smart! And bonus points for doing something original that hasn’t been done a gazillion times on Pinterest. I love the girls could customize them and even change them out when they get dirty or just tired of the colors they picked. Awesome project!!

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      Alex
      July 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks Danielle! It’s true, if the ribbons get messed or they want to change a look they can just choose new stuff to match.

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    Heather
    July 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Amazing! I don’t have a kiddo old enough to ride a bike, so I’m making these for my own. πŸ™‚

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      Alex
      July 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      LOL! Heather this seems to the consensus in the comments. It’s all secretly for the adults, never mind the kids.

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    fynesdesigns
    July 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Very cute! I got Ruby’s bike at Value Village- its girly (but from 1990-and cost $3) could use a new splash of glam. Great idea!!

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      Alex
      July 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Have you considered painting it? I so want to their bikes but James is like stop it woman, you’re going to get halfway with taping everything off and become really angry at the spokes.

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    Alexandria
    July 26, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Both my kids are super excited about making these. πŸ™‚

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      Alex
      July 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      YAY! You’ve got to blog or tweet or instagram them after!

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    Laura@live-love-scrap
    July 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    What a creative idea!! So cute, too! Makes me wanna get out golf tees and ribbons- and I don’t even have a girl!

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      Alex
      July 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      It seems to be the consensus that I should have named them bike streamers for sexy women riding uber cool chic bicycles b/c they’re a hit with us adults. πŸ™‚

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    rita0830
    July 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Such a great idea, I dont know why I never thought of this. My daughters streamers are old and mostly all gone, I will be doing this. Thank you! If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/sunday-linky-18.html

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    jen
    August 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    These are so fun! I’ve made them for a May Arts ribbon hop- it will be up Aug. 20- linked back to you of course! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration- and yes, I too plan to make some for MY bike! Lol!!

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    Janis in ID
    August 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Came here from Jen’s May Arts project. Absolutely fun and pretty project. Thanks for the how-to!!
    <3 J

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    Becky
    December 27, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Such a fantastic idea, now to raid my Dad’s toolbox for eye screws πŸ˜‰

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    Steph@The SillyPearl (@Steph2Pigs)
    April 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    These are seriously (seriously!) the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Can’t wait to do this for my girls hand-me-down bikes!

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    Hilloree
    July 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Such an easy project! Thanks for sharing. My grandkids will love this!

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    Amanda
    August 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    You just saved my butt. I just bought my 4yo daughter a scooter for her birthday and ripped the tassel off of one handle.
    It’s attached differently. Razor attaches their streamers with a bungee cord that threads through the handle. I think if I cut off a piece of dowel and put an eyescrew in both ends, it will work.

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    Melissa
    April 18, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for having properly fitting helmets on your kids. Oh, and for the tutorial.

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    jeanette tillery
    February 23, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    This is an awesome idea and like you I am tasked with what to do with the kids on every holiday. But I would rather have the projects with kids over COOKING any day! I am organizing a bike parade for my police department and wanted to decorate bikes, but thought it would be far to costly as well as tedious. This will be neither, but will be a HUGE hit for the kids while mm and dad get the kiddos registered. So thanks for this and keep up the good work.

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