Customized Bike Helmet

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

My daughter is all about pink and girly. And while it’s easy to find a lot of pink and girly things out there to buy, we try, as best we can, to work with what we have. Which sometimes means embellishing things that were once her brothers (and not pink) to make them more to her taste. Such as this bike helmet. Once covered in blue alien plastic, it has waited in the basement for her for a few years. When I brought it out, however, her nose wrinkled at the sight of it. It DID NOT go with her pink skates, pink tutu or pink shirt. But instead of heading out to buy a pink helmet or trying to convince her to just go with the aliens, I got a little creative.

Most children’s helmets have a simple plastic shell to add decoration that can be popped off with a little effort, revealing a plain black foam base underneath. If you don’t have a die cutter, look for precut shapes in patterns that you like, or hand cut images to personalize your child’s helmet (spelling out their name would be cute!)

Here’s what you need:

Bike helmet
Die cut shapes of lightweight scrapbook paper
Modge Podge Hard coat
Clear polyurethane spray

Foam brush

1. Remove the plastic shell from your helmet.

2. Working on one area at a time, apply a thin coat of Modge Podge to the surface of the helmet and smooth on your shapes. You can create patterns, overlap shapes or just keep it simple with a few images. Check for any wrinkles and bubbles and smooth out and then allow that area to dry while you work on another area.

3. Coat the entire surface with a thin coat of Modge Podge to seal the paper and create a uniform smoothness on the helmet.

4. Once the helmet is dry, spray with a coat of polyurethane to help create a more rainproof barrier over your helmet.

5. Allow the helmet to dry before using.

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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”.

4 thoughts on “Customized Bike Helmet

  1. Janet Branson

    I don’t have children any more but it would seem to me that the plastic covering is there for a reason. Are you sure this is a good idea. It’s cute, but will it protect her if she falls?

  2. Annie Rose

    I dont think it is a good idea to put childrens name in plain sight as an unknown may call the child by name. The child may then think the person knows them and may be led into danger.

  3. Erin

    Wait Im confused…you mod podged directly on the foam itself? Thats incredibly dangerous. The helmet needs the hard cover over the foam to work properly. Its vital to spreading out the force of the impact while the foam softens the blow.

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