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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.

Steps

Step #1:

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Gather supplies.

Step #2:

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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.

Step #3:

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

Step #4:

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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 (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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