Katie Bonomo

Bike craft

I have a tendency to procrastinate when it comes to gifts. I’m sure some of you can relate. I’m a big fan of making presents, but it’s something that takes a bit of planning. There’s a time at the end of every year when I realize I’m rapidly running out of time to make things.

So I’ve been trolling Pinterest for ideas early this year. If you’re interested in crafting bike-themed presents, read on. And if you’d like to receive any of these things, feel free to share this post as a (not so) subtle hint! For many of the ideas below, I’ve linked to a site where someone is selling these crafts, so if you’re not handy or you’re short on time, these still might work for you.

Gifts made from wheels

If all your wheels are in use on your bike(s), don’t despair. Most community bike shops have some lying around that won’t true. And buying a wheel from them supports their programs, so it’s a win-win.

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Bike wheel clock
Pixelthis on Etsy

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Bike mobile
Lauren Clark on Apartment Therapy

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Biking accessories

For those who commute or run errands by bike, bags and/or baskets are essential. If you’re good with a needle and thread, these are great ideas.

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Messenger bag
the Corvidarium

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Bike basket
Eleanor’s NYC

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Gifts made from bike tubes

If you’ve got a few worn-out tubes sitting around, try these jewelry ideas.

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Bike tube earrings
The Matchbook

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Bike tube bracelets
VeloCulture on Etsy

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Decorating with bike parts

If you want a conversation piece for your holiday party, wrap some lights around a bike wheel or use a chain tool to make some used chain into tea-light holders (after a good washing, of course)!

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A wreath I made last year

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Bike chain tea light holders
Resource Revival

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Gifts made from rotors

Rotors also make great clocks, and for those who have stained glass skills, rotors make an excellent vehicle for your craft.

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Clock from a bike rotor
TheSpokesMan on Etsy

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Stained glass rotor by my co-worker Jenna

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Other ideas?

Have you made bike-themed gifts or decorations? Share your ideas in the comments![/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Katie Bonomo

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COMMENTS (2)

Judy - Reply

Nice work on the stained glass rotor, Jenna

Katie – Love seeing these creative ideas.

    Katie Bonomo - Reply

    Thank you, Judy!

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