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Custom Bike Mount for under $15

Custom bicycle mount for under $15 - DimesandDonuts.com

Living in a small condo, I needed a place for my bike to live that was out of the way. Our condo has bike storage in the parking garage and Cameron stores his bike down there but I just don’t feel comfortable leaving mine. What better place than on the wall? I love my bike so why not show it off when it’s not in use. I began to research wall mounts for bicycles and boy was I surprised at how expensive they are! I didn’t see the point in spending so much money on something that would mount my bike to the wall when I could make one myself. Similar designs go for $100 on the Internet, I’m going to show you how I made my own custom bike mount for under $15.

The only items I needed to purchase were the storage rack and the wood. I had the rest of the items laying around the house.

SUPPLIES
  • 1 piece of wood size 24 x 5.5
  • 1 flip up storage rack
  • 6 screws
  • ruler *
  • painters tape *
  • paint / paint brush *

* indicates the supply is optional.
I marked certain supplies optional as you may not want to add a design to your bike mount.

Custom bicycle mount for under $15 - DimesandDonuts.com Custom bicycle mount for under $15 - DimesandDonuts.com

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Once you have cut your wooden base, use your ruler and draw out your design. We got our piece of wood cut a Lowe’s and it only cost about $2.
  2. Tape your design out with painters tape and paint it. Remove the painters tape when you are finished painting and leave your design to dry. Taping the design was the most tedious part of the project.
  3. Once your design has dried completely, attach your flip up storage rack to the center of the wood.
  4. Before you attach your bike mount to the wall, you must locate studs in your wall. Your mount and your bike will fall off of the wall otherwise.

& you’re done! It’s that simple!

Custom bicycle mount for under $15 - DimesandDonuts.comCustom bicycle mount for under $15 - DimesandDonuts.comCustom bicycle mount for under $15 - DimesandDonuts.com

Enjoy! Let me know if you make one of your own.

Christine-real-thingy

My Custom Bicycle

My Custom Bicycle - DimesandDonuts.com

Though I may not be able to ride around just yet because of my broken foot, I’m excited to be able to share my completed bicycle with you all! I designed exactly how I wanted my bike to look, chose the type of frame, parts, brake style, and most importantly colors. Cameron was super helpful in helping pick out which parts I needed for building the actual bike.

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DIY Polaroid Photo Frame

DIY Photo Frame - DimesandDonuts.com

Kicking things off with a simple little project for your snow day – this has got to be one of the quickest and easiest DIY projects I have ever done. It’s a neat way to display all the Polaroid and Instax photos I’d otherwise leave laying around, probably never to be seen again.

DIY Photo Frame - DimesandDonuts.com

Supplies:

  • frame | $15
  • staple gun | $10
  • miniature clothes pins | $2
  • bakers twine | $5.99
  • scissors | $2

The estimated total cost of this project: $34.99
My cost (for items I didn’t have in my craft stash): $17

My favorite place to purchase frames lately has been Hobby Lobby. They have a nice selection for cheap and they always have coupons out. My only regret it that I wish I had chose a larger frame. I have a ton of photos I’d like to display and this frame only allows for about a dozen full sized photos at a time. One of the neat things about this project though is that it’s super simple to switch the photos out at any time.

DIY Photo Frame - DimesandDonuts.com

Instructions

1. Lay out and measure your bakers twine against the back of your frame. You’ll want your twine to be pulled tight so it’s better to have too much twine cut than not enough.

2. Pull your twine tight and staple it into place. You may want to put two staples going across each other in opposite directions. This will ensure your twine does not slip out.

3. Align your clothes pins onto your twine that you have stapled in place. I chose to use two different colors, black and white, to match my twine but you obviously can choose any colors you’d like.

4. This step should leave you with something that looks like this and the full product shown below. You can now begin to arrange your photos however you would like!

DIY Photo Frame - DimesandDonuts.com

Super simple, right!? I told you this was one of the quickest and most simple projects ever.

DIY Photo Frame - DimesandDonuts.com

Enjoy! xoxo

Christine-real-thingy