I lived on campus in university and bought a cute cruiser bike to get around the sprawling campus. I thought the bike looked pretty unremarkable, so I gave it a makeover by sanding it, priming it and painting it bright pink (of course!). I customized it further by swapping out the seat and adding a cute basket, and the finished product was absolutely adorable! I even started to be known on campus as “the girl with hot pink bike”. The only downside was that since the paint was only sprayed on (rather than professionally baked on), locking up the bike would cause chips despite the multiple clear coats I applied.
Fast-forward to now, a friend of mine bought a new bike and mentioned that we should go cruising around town. After dusting off and fully cleaning my bike, I decided it was time for another makeover. Not willing to go through the trouble of repainting it just to have it chip off again, I wanted to try wrapping it with the patterned duct tape I’ve seen everywhere.
Here’s how I did it…
- Clean your bike thoroughly with soap and water– spray paint and adhesive will not stick to a dirty surface
- If it’s an older bike, use CLR to remove any rust
- Wipe down with a microfiber cloth and let dry completely
PRE-TAPE AND SPRAY PAINT:
- If you don’t want to disassemble your bike, determine which corners, crevices and small areas may be difficult to wrap in duct tape and spray paint them with 2 coats of neutral colored spray paint (or one matching your patterned duct tape)
- Make sure to carefully cover any of the parts around these areas that you don’t want to get spray paint onto. I used masking tape for small areas and screws, shielded the wheel spokes with paper grocery bags and taped plastic around the pedals and kickstand.
- Let dry overnight
- To make the wrapping process as easy as possible, I recommend using a pattern that you won’t need to line up (e.g. leopard print rather than stripes or checkers). If it does need to line up, make sure to buy extra tape.
- Bikes with straight frames can be taped lengthwise along the frame, but if you have a cruiser or a one with a lot of curves, I recommend using many short strips and wrapping around the frame instead
- Tape over any screws and use a box cutter to cut around the protruding parts for a neater wrap
- Buy more duct tape than you think you’ll need (I used about 1.5 rolls) and keep any leftovers to touch up areas that get scuffed
After 2 quick afternoons, I now have a one-of-a-kind bike that’s pretty… and pretty unlikely to be stolen! Really, thief?! You’re telling me that you have leopard-print-duct-tape-wrapped-cruiser too? The wrap seems pretty durable and I’m happy to know that any parts that get scratched or scuffed can be rewrapped at the end of the season.
If I ever get bored with the pattern I can always peel it off, use some “Goo Gone” to remove the leftover residue and re-wrap it all over again. The peacock plume printed duct tape by “Duck Brand” seems promising!!
What duct tape would you wrap a bike in—neon, polka dots, glow in the dark? What are some other fun uses for patterned duct tape?
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An affordable and oh–so–charming decor trend, mason jars are the perfect way welcome in the summer! I’ve compiled my Top 10 List x Cheap and Chic Ways to Entertain with Mason Jars (some of them may surprise you!):
10 | mason jar x drinking cups
Swapping out your regular glassware for cute mason jars is the easiest way to incorporate this trend + add a touch of personality to your party. To keep this trend looking chic rather than cheap, try decorating glasses with coloured straws, vintage labels, ribbon or twine.
9 | mason jar x party favors
Why not try mason jar party favours? Your guests will adore taking home a unique sewing kit or a batch of pre-measured cookie mix. For the sewing kit, add padding + fabric to the lid to make an instant pin cushion—hot glue the fabric underneath leaving space around the edge of the rim. If opting for the cookie mix, don’t forget to include instructions on how to bake the cookies.
8 | mason jar x vases and terrariums
Skip regular vases and use multiple mason jars to display fresh flowers. Take it a step further and try mason jar herb gardens or terrariums!
7 | mason jar x serving options
Mason jars are excellent for setting out straws or separating cutlery for your guests to take. They are also perfect for serving accompaniments and look even better with the attachment of a simple tag labelling the type of sauce, dressing or dip.
6 | mason jar x salad in a jar
Mason jar salads are not only a unique way to shake things up (sorry, it was too hard not to say it!), but they are very convenient and can be prepared up to 5 days in advance. Either keep the dressing separate, or layer the ingredients in such a way that those at the bottom won’t get soggy while marinating in the dressing.
5 | mason jar x chandeliers
One of the more complicated ways of decorating with mason jars, these chandeliers are perfect for the DIY pro. They provide a unique mix of rustic pieces in a contemporary design that is guaranteed to be a conversation piece.
4 | mason jar x cocktail shaker
A DIY version be made by either (1) finding a cocktail shaker lid with the same circumference as the mason jar lid; or (2) punching holes in the top of one lid—swapping it out for an unpunched lid when shaking. Easier still, pick up a readymade one at West Elm for a little over $30 CDN.
3 | mason jar x dessert in a jar
In a mason jar? Even better.
Perfectly portion almost any dessert into individual servings by preparing them directly inside mason jars. Two of my Vancouver favourites are the lemon pot de crème in Fable Kitchen on W. 4th Ave and the nanaimo bar in a jar at Oakwood Canadian Bistro on W. Broadway.
2 | mason jar x table centerpieces
Get creative and fill mason jars of all shapes + sizes with an assortment of candles. Floating candles on water add an elegant touch and using tea lights turns any jar into an instant hurricane lantern for patios + outdoor events.
1 | mason jar x magic bullet
This one tops my list because who knew that almost every blender can be turned into an instant magic bullet? Amazing, right? The glass rim of a mason jar is the same size as almost all blender jugs, which means you probably already own single-serve blender that is not only more powerful than a magic bullet, but also has an unlimited supply of cute and trendy cups! Try it out for a margarita night or a unique brunch-time build-your-own-smoothie bar!
BONUS x chalk board paint
So pick up a pack (I got a set of 12 at Canadian Tire for $7.99) and try incorporating some of these cheap and chic ideas into your next party or event. At 66¢ per piece, you really can’t go wrong!
Keep in mind, this trend can walk a fine line between trendy and tacky. You’re aiming for simple and charming, not “I’m a college student and these jars are all we have in our kitchen”, so make sure to take the extra effort to decorate and add little touches to make everything seem put together! Remember, it’s all in the details…♥
What do you think about the current Mason jar trend – Like it? Love it? Hate it? Do you know of any other fun uses for Mason jars or have any noteworthy jar-recipes? Share them below!
[Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. These opinions are my own and are in no way indicative of the opinions or positions of any of the companies mentioned.]