Introduction: Front Cardboard Bike Basket

In this instructable, we will create a front basket for a bike using cardboard. Here is a list of the basic materials required to create this project.

  • Kids bike - any size
  • Cardboard box - we used a microwave box as it is re-enforced cardboard
  • Tape - we used sheathing tape because of it's sticking power
  • String - about 1.0 - 1.5 m

Step 1: Cutting the Cardboard Pieces

To get the dimensions for the final product, the front handlebars were measured in height and width. This gives some dimensions to estimate for the final product. In this case, the height is 20 cm and the width is 27 cm.

For the basket, we used a single long piece of cardboard to be the front, bottom and back. This piece was cut to be 27 cm in width and 52 in length. The sections were scored to have a front of 17 cm, a bottom of 15 cm and back of 20 cm. Using a single piece of cardboard helps with the structure of the final product and also we don't need to tape all sides.

The sides were cut to fit, a width of 15 cm and a height of 20 cm to align with the back.

Since the front and back of the basket were different heights, the sides were taped in and then the angled sides were scored and then cut to align with the front and back.

Step 2: Attach the Basket to the Bike

The next step was to attach the basket to the bike. For this step, we used the front part of the handlebars and attached the basket.

We held the basket in place and poked holes in the cardboard on either side of the bars of the bike.

We then used string to tie the basket in place on the bike. We use tape on the ends of the string to keep in place and also to keep tidy.

Step 3: Add the Top

The next part was the top.

The top was cut to be a little bit bigger than the opening to allow to seat properly on the top of the basket.

The top was then taped from the inside on one edge to allow for a hinge to open and close the top.

Step 4: Take It Our for a Spin.

After the basket is complete take it out for a spin around the neighbourhood.

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