Pimp your bike

You can easily have a creative workshop at home at the kitchen table - see here how.

An ornate children's bicycle

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Let's take a closer look at beautiful old advertisements of bicycles from our small print collection.

Two pages with advertisements for bicycles from 1942

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Three pages with different kinds of bicycles

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

You need

  • A plastic bottle
  • Two strong rubber bands
  • Straw
  • Playing cards
  • A plastic lid
  • Duct tape
  • A toilet paper roll
  • A scissor
  • Silk ribbon or gift ribbon
  • Markers

And then you have to use a bicycle.

How to do it

Decorate for the handlebars

Take a plastic bottle and pull the rubber bands over.

Ribbons are folded around a bottle

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Cut silk ribbons or gift ribbons into equal length pieces. Tie the ribbon to the rubber bands. Pull the elastics on the bike's handlebars.

Decorations for the bike spokes

Cut a straw through its side.

Two hands cut up colourful straws

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Squeeze them around the spokes on the bike.

Moped sound for the wheel

Draw the outline of a playing card on a plastic lid. Cut the plastic lid. Attach the plastic piece to a toilet roll with duct tape. Cut the toilet roll up on one side.

A toilet roll wrapped in duct tape with plastic

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Place the roller around the bicycle frame by the rear wheel and secure it with duct tape.

Nameplate for the wheel

Cut out the right number of pieces of cardboard. Write the individual letters for your name on the cardboard pieces.

A nametag that says Sofia

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Share your artwork

We would very much like to see your works of art. If you want to share them with us and others, take a picture of them and post them on Instagram with #detkreativebibliotek and #detkglbibliotek.