Monday, March 28, 2016

DIY Bike Basket Secret Compartment

Can we be any happier now that spring season has officially arrived?

I noticed during the weekend that my instagram feed has been inundated by flower arrangements and as the weather is getting warmer everyday we can only predict more colorful days to come so I though that today's post couldn't be anything but vibrant and flowers should be included.

If you have been following this blog/ my instagram account you've noticed that I'm a bike lover, I usually spend Sunday mornings pedaling to a new place to get a nice breakfast while enjoying the view, somehow I feel that if for any reason I skipped my bike routine I can't call it a good weekend.

I share these rides with my boyfriend who is always very concerned that I carry my wallet, cellphone and other belongings in my bike basket without much care while he's alert to avoid us being pickpocketed, specially when we go through crowded rodes. I've never been very attached to material stuff but I though that I might find a way to pimp my ride to make it thief-proof without turning it into an army tank.

Bike Basket Secret Compartment

Supplies needed:

  1. Oasis flower foam
  2. Scissors
  3. A small square of fake grass for crafts
  4. Plastic flowers
  5. Any type of ruler (triangle, square, etc)
  6. A water glass
  7. Optional: Glue or thread to secure the flowers.

 Start by cutting your oasis foam to the size of your bike basket, it can be easier to measure if you place the foam on top of the basket, marking the edges with a ruler and then using the same ruler to cut the foam.

Once your foam has the right size you need to cut a hole, big enough to allow you get your hand easily in and out. Look in your kitchen and you'll find a water glass with the right size for you.

 Using the water glass create a hole in your foam, then test it inserting your hand through the hole and keep cutting the foam until you have a size that easily allows you to get in and out, don't worry if it seems too big as it won't be visible.

 Place your foam on your fake grass and adjust if one of them is too large.

In my case the fake grass was taller than my foam therefore I cut just one row from the top. After I cut it, it continued being larger but that was fine because if your fake grass is slightly larger it will help keeping the hole hidden.
If you look in the picture above you'll also notice that the foam is wider than the grass so I used the row of grass that I previously cut and attached it to the side.

Next step was to remove the plastic flowers from the bouquet cutting each stalk to be at least one inch long (2.5 cm) assuring that the stalk size is equal (or larger) to the width of the foam.

 Put the fake grass on top of the foam and start inserting the flowers distributing them evenly.

Once ready place inside your bike basket, you might need to re-arrange the flowers if you notice some ended up being too apart or to close to the basket ends. In my case I had to adjust those that  were too close to the bike handlebar.
Note: If you use to go through bumpy roads you might consider adding some glue or sewing your flowers to the fake grass to secure them.

Test the hidden hole to make sure it's big enough for your hand, if required cut a small piece of the fake grass that is right above the hidden hole, I tested it with random objects including my bf's cellphone and just needed to apply a little cut but as you can see in the picture below the hole is completely hidden.

And you are now ready to go!

Please notice that having this beautifully arranged basket might get you a lot of attention, people will be asking you if the flowers are real and for a place to buy such incredible artifact.

Oh and yes, in the title picture I was trying to re-arrange my flowers as I went through a big bump and got my bike shaken (and my poor flowers all messed up) but nothing that a little patience and some glue can't fix.

Anyway, hope you decide to apply some pimping to your ride, these days not only kindergarten kids are allowed to dress their vehicles in their best Spring dresses.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you are enjoying the warmer days as much as I am!