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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.
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bumpus7 years ago
does kitekid like it?
Kiteman (author)  bumpus7 years ago
He did, but he says he doesn't like bananas now.
Bartboy Kiteman7 years ago
is kitekid real? cause I think if your kiteman, he'd be something like frissbee kid.
Kiteman (author)  Bartboy7 years ago
LOL, no, he's #2 son. The elder one is #1 son.
Wasagi Kiteman5 years ago
 Tell him that bananas are the best! 

And that Instructables is going to start a petition because bananas are the best.
Owenmon Wasagi5 years ago

I beg to differ...
Wasagi Owenmon5 years ago

Blast you IBBH!!
Bartboy Kiteman7 years ago
oh, how old is #1 son?
Kiteman (author)  Bartboy7 years ago
#1 is going on 12, #2 is going on 8
Bartboy Kiteman7 years ago
So maybe next year we might just see an account named kitekid? cause if so, you should make the account before its taken.
Bartboy Bartboy7 years ago
It still exists! take it NOW! Even if not ready for it, take it and keep it.
What about the second one? Kitekid2?
A 9 year old? A bit young for this, I think.
Yeah, but kids generally age. 9-year-olds eventually become 13-year-olds.
Lol... this reminds me of something it probably shouldn't - an athletic cup XD
(loved the part "something about them being expensive")
what if your banana isnt that shape or size??
Kiteman (author)  SkateboardingForLife6 years ago
Most seem to fit.
hcold7 years ago
It was expensive at 7$ USD? Rather, I won't question.
Bartboy hcold7 years ago
hes in england, so price is different could be 5 usd, or 14 usd, you never no.
Kiteman (author)  hcold7 years ago
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.
myheadisfed7 years ago
Awesome. If I were six I'd totally wear it. Hell I'm 20 and still thinking about wearing it.
id wear one too :)
Kiteman (author)  myheadisfed7 years ago
unspecified7 years ago
So this is more like "how to rubberband a piece of plastic to an object"
Kiteman (author)  unspecified7 years ago
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.
gotcha :)
Dorion8 years ago
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.
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)
Kiteman (author)  CementTruck8 years ago
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 Kiteman8 years ago
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)!
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.
I think you mean a 'banandolier'. durp...
Kiteman (author)  CementTruck8 years ago
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).
karen6088 years ago
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 www.bananaphone.org
There's an instructable on how to make a working banana phone.
Nabil Sunbanks8 years ago
that's right
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