"Ride a Bear" Bike

Introduction: "Ride a Bear" Bike

About: I am an Industrial Designer, who obviously loves to create. Now that I am a mom, most of my creations are inspired by my daughers. I believe that if more parents were making stuff with their kids, the world wo…

This is a fun way to temporarily change the look of a bike. It's a craft that kids can make with he help of an adult. And you can customize it with your favourite animal.

This could be the perfect way to complement your Halloween costume. You can make a horse for a knight costume, or a unicorn for a princess costume.

The best part is that we are going to upcycle material, so that children learn that upcycling is really fun!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

A bike

A big box

Acrylic paint


Pen or pencil



Step 2: Draw

Start by sketching the shape of your animal. My daughter loves bears so that's what we are doing. We made some drawings in a paper and when we liked one we drew it on the box. Make sure that it is the correct size for the bike, keep your bike near so you can see how big you need to draw it. In the neck we are going to need a fold so that the driver can turn the handlebar. I took advantage of a fold that was already part of the box.

Step 3: Cut

With the cutter cut the cardboard. Now put it in front of the bike, so you can see if you need to make some adjustments.
When you are happy with the shape, use that shape as a template to draw a second one and cut it out.

Step 4: Adjust

In one of the shapes you have to make an extra cut so that it doesn't interfere with the gears and chain.

Step 5: Paint

Paint both sides with acrylic paint. This can be as simple or detailed as you like.

Wait until the paint has dried completely.

Step 6: Attach It to the Bike

Place the bear in the position you wanted it to be, insert pieces of wire in the places where it meets a bar at the back. Twist it.

Step 7: Enjoy

Finally add more details if you like and thats it!

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    3 years ago

    Well you have to be really careful what type bear you use. Some bears are very aggressive.

    Seriously, that is a neat idea and I am certain your kids love it as well. But your idea could also be used with most any type animal to create a neat look. Nice project.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks, yes I already have a request for making a unicorn for this year´s princess costume. The only problem is that now every halloween my daughters are going to ask for a costume and a bike´s costume.