Yesterday on Facebook, Tami Jo Benson, Maker Faire’s “Minister of Information,” posted the above image of a “water intake tracker” that she’d cleverly cobbled together for her water bottle. I love simple projects like this that can really make a difference in altering some aspect of your behavior. There’s certainly a lot of debate about how much water one really needs in a day, but there’s no debate that we all need it. And there’s no debate that I am always drinking way too little of it. I need a piece of nagware like this.
You can pretty much figure out from the image what she did, but I asked if she’d share some additional photos and a description, which she kindly did. Thanks, Tami Jo!
* Old bicycle tube, cleaned
* Paint pen
* Metal slide buckle
* Eyelet tool
* Small hole punch
Measure the circumference of your drinking vessel.
Cut a piece of bicycle tube with 1-2 inches of extra length. The width will depend on your metal slide.
Add markers to the tube. My goal is to drink 6-7 bottles a day. (Yes, I visit the bathroom often!)
Run the inner tube material through the metal slide.
Test out the tube around the bottle and mark the end of the overlap.
Punch a hole in the overlapping section of the tube. I used an extra small punch to fit my eyelets.
Attach the eyelet. Make sure you press the tube down against the front of the eyelet. It prevents bulging around the eyelet.