Introduction: Holster Your Banana, Buddy!

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My youngest takes a packed lunch to school, and often takes a banana. Being six, his lunchbox tends to suffer more than its fair share of physical abuse.

So do the contents, so we bought him a Banana Guard.

This is fine, and works well, but the banana guard is twice the size of the banana. It doesn't fit in his lunch pack.

Naturally, then, he needed a cool way to carry his banana to school. Oh, and Kitewife said I wasn't allowed to damage the bananaguard, something about them being expensive...

Step 1: A Bit of a Bodge

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I decided to add an elasticated clip to the banana guard.

That meant I needed a piece of plastic for the clip. The piece I used came from the stick-out-to-catch-the-paper bit of an old printer. I forgot to take a picture of it in-situ, so I pieced it back together for the shot.

I was after a wider piece than I had available, so I had to hot-glue two pieces together. I trimmed off the oozed excess from the outside, but left it on the inside - partly because I expected the glue to provide extra friction, and partly because I was too lazy.

Step 2: Notches

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Remember, I was banned from damaging the banana guard, so I had to tie the clip on.

I made two notches in each side (thirty seconds with a hacksaw and the file attachment of my Leatherman), positioned to match up with the ventilation holes of the guard.

I then pinched a few inches of elastic from my wife's sewing box and tied the clip onto the guard by threading the elastic through the holes and notches.

Step 3: It Works!

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Look at that - it worked first time. OK, the picture isn't wonderful, but have you ever tried to take a photo of your own hip?

All I have to do now is persuade #2 son to actually use it...


bumpus (author)2008-05-04

does kitekid like it?

Kiteman (author)bumpus2008-05-05

He did, but he says he doesn't like bananas now.

Bartboy (author)Kiteman2008-08-06

is kitekid real? cause I think if your kiteman, he'd be something like frissbee kid.

Kiteman (author)Bartboy2008-08-07

LOL, no, he's #2 son. The elder one is #1 son.

Wasagi (author)Kiteman2009-12-08

 Tell him that bananas are the best! 

And that Instructables is going to start a petition because bananas are the best.

Owenmon (author)Wasagi2010-04-25

I beg to differ...

Wasagi (author)Owenmon2010-04-25


Blast you IBBH!!

Bartboy (author)Kiteman2008-08-07

oh, how old is #1 son?

Kiteman (author)Bartboy2008-08-07

#1 is going on 12, #2 is going on 8

Bartboy (author)Kiteman2008-08-07

So maybe next year we might just see an account named kitekid? cause if so, you should make the account before its taken.

Bartboy (author)Bartboy2008-08-07

It still exists! take it NOW! Even if not ready for it, take it and keep it.

bassclarinet23 (author)Bartboy2009-12-02

What about the second one? Kitekid2?

Bartboy (author)bassclarinet232009-12-02

A 9 year old? A bit young for this, I think.

bassclarinet23 (author)Bartboy2009-12-02

Yeah, but kids generally age. 9-year-olds eventually become 13-year-olds.

A good name (author)Kiteman2008-07-28

Lol... this reminds me of something it probably shouldn't - an athletic cup XD

A good name (author)A good name2008-07-28

(loved the part "something about them being expensive")

Flumpkins (author)Kiteman2008-06-21


SkateboardingForLife (author)2009-06-20

what if your banana isnt that shape or size??

Most seem to fit.

fwjs28 (author)2009-03-22

there like to pencils...if #2 is used most. why isn't it #1? :P

Kiteman (author)2008-08-14

It's been going 7 years now, no sign of damage. They're two of the brightest, sanest boys I know.

Kiteman (author)2008-08-14

Oh, I do call them that - they both know it's the order they were born in, not a measure of favouritism. It's a family tradition (started by my own father), pinched from a Charlie Chan film.

hcold (author)2008-08-11

Aye, a sad sign of our decadent West, that people do pay for just that.

hcold (author)2008-08-05

It was expensive at 7$ USD? Rather, I won't question.

Bartboy (author)hcold2008-08-07

hes in england, so price is different could be 5 usd, or 14 usd, you never no.

Kiteman (author)hcold2008-08-06

Not everybody has money to throw away on a whim. You'll notice that the vast majority of my projects cost almost nothing to make.

myheadisfed (author)2008-06-27

Awesome. If I were six I'd totally wear it. Hell I'm 20 and still thinking about wearing it.

Redgerr (author)myheadisfed2008-07-21

id wear one too :)

Redgerr (author)myheadisfed2008-07-21


Kiteman (author)myheadisfed2008-06-27


unspecified (author)2008-02-12

So this is more like "how to rubberband a piece of plastic to an object"

Kiteman (author)unspecified2008-02-12

Ah, but it's done creatively, and with a specific purpose in mind.

Actually, it's redundant now, because he's started taking bags of dried fruit instead of bananas. So, the elastic came off, and the banana guard is back to it's original, pristine condition.

unspecified (author)Kiteman2008-02-12

gotcha :)

Kiteman (author)2007-05-21

Beaten up? He's six! Anyhoo, he may be small, but he's one of those naturally-popular kids. If he wore this, he'd be more likely to start a fashion than a riot. Trouble is, since I made it he's decided he doesn't like bananas. Kids!

Dorion (author)Kiteman2007-05-21

Yeah. Kids are mean. So make sure you don't encourage/allow yours to be unique in any way! They'll thank you later (if they aren't too soul-crushed to speak)!

CementTruck (author)Dorion2007-05-21

I fully encourage "uniqueness" in my children. There are many ways to be unique (personality, interests, abilities, being multi-lingual, etc.) without painting a bullseye on your forehead. Having grown up as the kid of a different skin color in a remote region of a foreign country assimilating was impossible. I know a little bit about "uniqueness". I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. The wall-flowers want desperately to be noticed, while the targets seek anonymity. Kiteman, the original post had smily faces and guffaws for a reason. It was meant in a lighthearted manner. I was expecting an "LOL" in response. Anyway, I had a thought- You could get a bunch of those little fingerling bananas and make a bandolier out of them to complete the ensemble. Then he could share his snack with friends. Cheers.

drips (author)CementTruck2007-11-26

I think you mean a 'banandolier'. durp...

Kiteman (author)CementTruck2007-05-22

I saw the smileys, and my reply was meant to be light as well, but mood is hard to get across in plain text. I'm old enough to still have trouble remembering the various sms/msn abreviations, and some (I am told by pupils) are different in the US & UK. I wasn't really expecting a bit of banana-related fun to spark a discussion of playground bullying! TTFN. (Feel free to insert :-) ;-) :-o and :-D as appropriate).

karen608 (author)2007-05-20

Great idea for kids, or halloween costume add on. Me i just draw on bananas, and ask someone, do you like my new cellphone? It's edible too. GROAN!

ring ring ring ring ring banana phone

There's an instructable on how to make a working banana phone.

Nabil (author)Sunbanks2007-08-21

that's right

acer73 (author)2007-06-13

I hope ur son doesn't get picked on cause, wow that would look funny. Still its ever so cleaver.

Dorion (author)2007-05-20

Hell, MY first thought was that I'd wear this as a holster WITHOUT a banana (as I don't eat the foul things)! I think it looks sweetly silly. Nice idea, so is he using it? I'd be worried about the rough-n-tumble nature of a 6 year old being too much for the elastic to bear, if anything.

CementTruck (author)Dorion2007-05-21

I'm more worried about the rough and tumble that would occur when Kiteman Jr. gets beat up by his peers because of this thing. Maybe Kiteman needs to make a bigger banana guard for Kiteman Jr. to wear as protective armor. ; ) Kids are mean. This just instructable would just give them ammunition. Very un-a"peeling". (Har-har)

pyelitegamerro76 (author)2007-05-20

ok dont get me wrong... GREAT idea and GREAT instructable... but i would never be caught dead wearing a banana on my hip lol

Kiteman (author)pyelitegamerro762007-05-20

Are, but you aren't six years old, are you? (Are you?)

pyelitegamerro76 (author)Kiteman2007-05-21

you have me there. its really creative too

latobada (author)2007-05-20

totally sweet man! i laughed out loud for a good 5 mins after i saw the final picture, and how your supposed to wear it. not because it is weird, but because i was expecting you to just put it in like a ziplock-bag or something, and then i saw the last picture. I would walk around downtown with that on my hip, except someone might think im a cheap hooker, trying to get some sort of a message across without hanging a sign on my chest. that or they will think im gay. either way, nice instructable. (+1 to Rating)

bennokr (author)2007-05-20

Cool! I wish they sold banana guards here...

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