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

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

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!

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...



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    51 Discussions


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Tell him that bananas are the best! 

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


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction


    I beg to differ...


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

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