DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth

DIY Polka Dot Bicycle Basket

Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothCruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth photos by Jared Smith

Not to go all 8 years old on you by bragging about my sweet new bike or anything, but it wouldn’t be true to form if I didn’t DIY a little something for it, so I’m justifying it as something that most 26 year old girls do in this instance. You have to admit, she’s a pretty sassy looking little thing with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket, huh?!

I’ll spare you the super uncomfortable part of the conversation where I decide to name her something like Lola, and then whisk off into the dusk with my basket full of flowers and sunshine beaming from her pedals. Totally not going to do that to you. BUT, I will tease you a little with saying this a part of an upcoming partnership with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. where one luck reader will get to win their very own Lola, er, I mean bike, but we’ll get to that in a few weeks! For now, the DIY… Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth

Materials:

DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothDIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth Use a flat surface to dab paint onto the foam pouncer, being careful to not have too much or else when you press down the paint will bleed. You only need a thin layer of paint to make the dots, and then you’ll go over them again with a second coat to make nice, even circles. When you press the pouncer onto the basket, make small twisting motion with your wrist while gently pressing down to make then paint go on evenly. DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth Keep making dots as big or small as you’d like in a random pattern until one side is covered, then move around to finish each side once the others are dry. Once your dots are finished and dried after you’ve made your second coat on them, install the crate brackets to the bike and you’re all set. Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothCruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth Can’t you just picture me now whipping around a corner on this thing trying to hold down fly away flowers now? Just kidding, but only sort of. I’ve technically never tried to bike around with this many flowers in a basket before, but it works in the movies! Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth  Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothCruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothCruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth So what do you think?! Who’s down for a mint green polka dot bike basket?! Be sure to keep a look out for an upcoming day date post where you can win your own bike to DIY!

DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth

DIY Polka Dot Bicycle Basket

Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothCruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth photos by Jared Smith

Not to go all 8 years old on you by bragging about my sweet new bike or anything, but it wouldn’t be true to form if I didn’t DIY a little something for it, so I’m justifying it as something that most 26 year old girls do in this instance. You have to admit, she’s a pretty sassy looking little thing with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket, huh?!

I’ll spare you the super uncomfortable part of the conversation where I decide to name her something like Lola, and then whisk off into the dusk with my basket full of flowers and sunshine beaming from her pedals. Totally not going to do that to you. BUT, I will tease you a little with saying this a part of an upcoming partnership with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. where one luck reader will get to win their very own Lola, er, I mean bike, but we’ll get to that in a few weeks! For now, the DIY… Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth

Materials:

DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothDIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth Use a flat surface to dab paint onto the foam pouncer, being careful to not have too much or else when you press down the paint will bleed. You only need a thin layer of paint to make the dots, and then you’ll go over them again with a second coat to make nice, even circles. When you press the pouncer onto the basket, make small twisting motion with your wrist while gently pressing down to make then paint go on evenly. DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth Keep making dots as big or small as you’d like in a random pattern until one side is covered, then move around to finish each side once the others are dry. Once your dots are finished and dried after you’ve made your second coat on them, install the crate brackets to the bike and you’re all set. Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothCruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth Can’t you just picture me now whipping around a corner on this thing trying to hold down fly away flowers now? Just kidding, but only sort of. I’ve technically never tried to bike around with this many flowers in a basket before, but it works in the movies! Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth  Cruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothCruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & clothCruise around in style when Spring and Summer roll around with this DIY polka dot bicycle basket! | sugar & cloth So what do you think?! Who’s down for a mint green polka dot bike basket?! Be sure to keep a look out for an upcoming day date post where you can win your own bike to DIY!

Comments

  • Naomi

    01.13.15

    What a pretty photo shoot! I almost believe it is spring. Thanks for sharing :)

  • That’s so fancy! And I adore the bike. Too bad that I’ve decided to never ever buy a fancy bike again. Had mine stolen twice, but luckily enough no-one wants my old half-broken Dutch roadster.

  • jewel7013

    01.13.15

    Oh my, this is one clever and adorable project…if I was driving down the street and saw this bike, I would probably side swipe a car cause I wouldnt be able to stop admiring the bike and the basket…great job!

  • aileepetrovic

    01.13.15

    So cute! I love it. And I want a Lola of my own!!

  • Kirsten

    01.13.15

    Omg, I’m gonna run out and make this right away. Adorable!

  • Brittni

    01.13.15

    Awesome, Ash! I love the bike and your new DIYed basket. So cute.

  • Yolonda

    01.13.15

    Love the idea of this, because you can make it as small or as big as you want. And any pattern you desire. So cool.

  • Helen Grace

    01.13.15

    I don’t own a bike, but this DIY post has me wishing that I did. This basket is just really, really cute. I guess I’ll have to keep my eye out for your upcoming post so that I can try to win my own bike. :D

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  • Laura Rupp

    01.13.15

    Super cute idea & it doesn’t get any simpler! Love this!!!

  • Hannah

    01.13.15

    These photos are so beautiful!! They completely cheered up my day! Lovely post and what a great idea x

  • brittanymakes

    01.13.15

    SO CUTE. you could do anything with that bike box and it would be pure perfection. now I need a cruiser :)

  • Danielle Adkins

    01.23.15

    Where did you purchase the wooden bike crate? Can’t find it anywhere :/pe

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