The MacGyver fix that saved our biking adventure!
This isn’t a project you’ll want to make for yourselves (unless you find yourself in the same situation as me, which is very unlikely) but nevertheless, this is one of my proudest moments as a ‘maker’!
I had taken my boys on a ‘biking adventure’ along a riverside cycle track. We were a mile into the ride when my youngest son fell of his bike and somehow loosened the handlebars (they were so wobbly you couldn’t 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 the bag that held our packed lunch.
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 after all the cycling!
Oh… and my youngest boy wasn’t the tiniest bit embarrassed about this low tech fix… he proudly called it his ‘stick bike’!
If you’d like to see a more aesthetically pleasing use of wooden sticks, have a look at my Rustic twig and wire bowl, it was made entirely from twigs scavenged from the countryside – it comes with full instructions.
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!
Forget the socks and tie this year!
If you want to make a fashion statement, look no further than this bling’tastic Father’s Day (June 16th) ‘my hero’ card!
It looks great on the mantle piece but even the better proudly pinned on to Dad’s chest!
It’s easy to make, and with each of the 6 medals lovingly chosen by you, no two cards will be the same.
How to make one
I’ve provided all the artwork for download, including a selection of medals – there’s even some blank DIY ones, just in case your Dad has a unique talent you’d like to highlight!
You’ll find the download link below, they also include the following easy to follow instructions.
Download project files›
1) Printable artwork – medals and ribbons.
2) Collectable instructions – they look great stuck on the fridge!
262 downloads so far, thanks everyone!
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 bookshops.
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