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Bike Tube Headband

Turn a punctured bike inner tube into a fashionable accessory.

Bike Tube Headband

Watch the video on CRAFT! Upcycled accessories are fun and easy to make. Watch and learn how to make your own chain-link headband from a busted bicycle inner tube! I got this project idea from Britt McMaster, who showed us how to make a chain-link necklace from white leather over on her blog, cucumbersome.com.

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Step #1:

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Gather supplies.

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  • Cut off the tube's valve stem and slice down one side to open the tube.
  • Wash out the white powder inside the tube with soap and water. An abrasive sponge may help!
  • Watch out for goo tubes! If you live in a prickly place, you may have tubes with goo in them. In my experience, it's not worth it to try to use goo tubes for this project.

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  • Print and cut out the paper/cardboard template.
  • Trace the template repeatedly along the length of the bike tube.

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Cut out each shape until you\'ve got a whole pile of "figure eights."

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  • Fold one shape in half so that the cutouts line up.
  • Insert another shape through the cutouts in the folded shape.
  • Continue chaining shapes together in this manner until your desired length is achieved.
  • To create a seamless finish, cut the last folded loop in an inconspicuous spot, thread it through the first loop and sew the cut loop back together.
Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


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