What I made
days ago

Improvised ‘cable ties’ from a repurposed plastic bag!

Improvised handlebar supports made from sticks and a repurposed plastic bagInstructions for making handlebar supports from sticks and a repurposed plastic bag

OK, I admit it, this post is more than a little bit tongue in cheek!

Never-the-less, the improvised ‘cable ties’ you can see above, all made from a repurposed plastic bag, prevented our family biking ‘adventure’ coming to an abrupt end.

It all started when my youngest boy fell of his bike. Somehow the impact loosened the handlebars, so much so that the bike became impossible to steer. I was on the verge of walking the bikes back to the car, but decided to have a go at fixing them, using wooden sticks and strips of plastic torn from a plastic bag.

And, as it turns out, plastic bags make jolly good cable tie substitutes. They might not look pretty, but they do the job – I can testify to it! Mostly down to the fact that the plastic bags are slightly elastic, which allows you to pull them surprisingly tight.


I was hoping the repair would last long enough for us to ride back to the car. Well, 7 miles and 3 hours later, the bike was still going strong, in fact the only thing beginning to wobble was my boys legs!

I admit there are lots of cooler things you can make from a repurposed plastic bag. How about these crazy crocheted plastic sandals? If my repair hack had failed, perhaps I could have rustled up a pair of these for the long walk back to the car!

What I made
days ago

Illustration: ‘Noisy neighbour’

Noisy neighbour illustration

It’s been ages (3 years I think) since I last submitted a drawing for Illustration Friday, I was going to have a crack at it last week but didn’t fancy the topic, this week’s word is “protest”, which I found more creatively fruitful!

Click here for a larger view – can you work out who the actual noisy neighbour is?

I’ve started to play a bit with Vine recently, it’s quite a lot of fun – here’s my first attempt, which makes use of one of my favourite raw materials, the paper coffee cup!

What I made
days ago

Cool homemade Father’s Day card with custom medals

Cool homemade Father's Day card shown sitting on a table
1) A Father’s Day card that looks great on the sideboard…

Dad wearing his cool homemade Father's Day card medals
2) …but even better on Dad’s chest!

For Father’s Day 2014 forget the socks and tie !

No, if you really want to make a fashion statement, look no further than this cool homemade Father’s Day card with custom medals.

It’s easy to make, and with each of the 6 medals lovingly chosen by you, no two cards will be the same.

Fathers day medal illustrations

Choose between ‘greatest golfer’, ‘groovy mover’, ‘coolest coach’ and many others – there’s even some blank DIY ones, just in case your Dad has a unique talent you’d like to highlight!

How your own cool homemade Father’s Day card

Start off by downloading the medal and ribbon artwork below and then follow these easy peasy instructions.

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a My hero Father's day card

Download printables and instructions

1) Printable artwork – medals and ribbons
2) Collectable instructions – they look great stuck on the fridge!
323 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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To accompany the card, why not give Dad a copy of Made by Dad: 67 blueprints for making cool stuff, it’s available online and in all good bookshops – take a look inside here!

Cover shot of Made by Dad: 67 blueprints for making cool stuff

Happy Father’s Day!

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