Get Ready 4th of July! The Bikes Are Coming!

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

The 4th of July is one of the most kid friendly holidays on the calendar, so this year, before you crank up the grill or light the fireworks, let the kids get 4th of July ready with a little bike decorating!  Remember back to the days when bikes had streamers coming out of the handle bars and nameplates or license plates dangling off the ends so everyone would know just whose bike was whose.

You’ll need:

Red, white and blue plastic lacing
Bass wood oval or square
Foam letter stamps 
Craft paint
Foam brushes 
4th of July stickers 
Super glue 

For the Streamers:

Cut four pieces of lacing, 20 inches long, for each handlebar. Tie all four into a knot at one end, leaving three inches of excess above the knot. Spread the four long strands out into an “X”. Fold two, opposite strands over and weave the other two over and under the loops that the first strands created. Continue folding over two opposite strands and weaving the other two until you have about 1 inch of woven lacing. Tie off the ends and trim them to about six inches, adding extra strands if you want more streamers when you tie them off. Use the short end of the lacing to tie the streamer to the handle of the bicycle or push through the hole in the end of the grip so that the woven lacing and streamers come through.

For the Name Plate:

Paint the wood shape red or blue. Allow the paint to dry before using the white paint to stamp the child’s name onto the shape. Apply stickers or paint decorations before  gluing 5 inch lengths of plastic lacing to the back of the name plate. Tie to handlebars or hang form the seat of the bike.

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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