Super-Deluxe Custom Bike Basket for Under $5.00, (Using Cardboard, Wire & Duct Tape)

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My ten year old daughter has been wanting a small basket for her bike for quite some time.  We looked high and low at stores and the internet, but nothing appealed to my fickle little cyclist.  Suddenly, she asked, "Can't we just make one, Dad?"

We started brainstorming, and eventually came up with a cardboard, wire mesh and duct tape design that we liked.

This is my second instructable, but my FIRST father/daughter instructable.  Thanks for checking it out.  I appreciate any comments, and will do my best to answer any questions.

BTW, my daughter made my avatar :)
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Step 1: Gather Tools & Materials

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Wire Cutters
Mallet or Hammer

Cardboard Box
Regular Duct Tape
Decorative Duct Tape
Wire Mesh
Zip Ties

Step 2: Shape The Box & Apply 1st Layer of Tape

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Choose your cardboard box.  We reused a juice box because it was the right size and had fairly thick cardboard.  It measures approximately: 12" x 9" x 5"

Cut off any excess cardboard. We left a portion of the lid on so we'd have a way to attach to the bike handle bars.

Wrap the entire box with regular duct tape.  It won't be weather proof, but it should be pretty weather-resistant.

Step 3: Measure & Cut the Wire Mesh

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Measure your box for the wire mesh.  Cut a single piece of mesh (the width of the box) that covers the back, bottom and front.  Don't worry about being exact, you can always trim off any excess later.

Bend the mesh to wrap around the exterior of the box.  Using a mallet and the straight edge of any hard work surface, you'll need to make two bends.

Step 4: Tape the Wire Mesh to the Box

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Tape the mesh to the back, bottom and front of the box.  You are reinforcing the cardboard box with a duct tape / mesh / duct tape sandwich.  Keep the duct tape nice and smooth by rubbing out wrinkles and any air bubbles along the way.
bbfree2da2 years ago
This is gonna be a mother/ daughter project. Great idea we are gonna try this for sure. We wanted a basket and this is perfect. Thanks
bethmwl2 years ago
I like how you sandwiched the mesh, and using an old box saves a lot of issues with measuring, cutting, folding, etc. This would work for a number of other uses. I'd been trying to make a custom tackle box, and this provides inspiration and good ideas.
ChrysN2 years ago
Cool father/daughter project, nicely done.
alhazen2 years ago
Super! I think I'll borrow your idea for a father / daughter project of my own for next weekend.
zap1998 (author)  alhazen2 years ago
Thanks, we had a lot of fun building ours.