Gift / Grow

How to make a recycled bike planter

While I’m not altogether convinced that a model is required in the above image, hats off to Dremel for a great bit of marketing. They’ve sent out a guide to making a planter out of an old bike, which is a great recycling idea and gives a kitsch feel to the garden without breaking the bank.

Step One
Cut tracing paper to fit one side of a wooden box, planter or bin. Use a soft pencil to draw a basket weave pattern (ours is a ribbon weave which is the simple weaving under and over of raffia) on the tracing paper. Tape the paper in position and trace the pattern down.

Step Two
Fix an engraving cutter into the Dremel Hobby 7700 multi-tool and carve the pattern.

Step Three
Add detail to the carving with the multi-tool and engraving cutter.  If you want to attach the basket to the bicycle or garden wall, drill two holes in the top sides of the ‘panier’ using the multi-tool with the wood drill bit and attach with strong metal clips.  Alternatively, stand the basket to one side of the bicycle to form a ‘picture’ on the wall of your courtyard.  Then, either place chickenwire into the internal space within the wooden ‘panier’ and create a cut flower display – or fill the box with soil and plant with lovely roses and trailing ivy.

Materials required :

Dremel Hobby 7700 multi-tool
Engraving cutters 106 and 107
Wood drill bit 636
Large wooden box or planter
Old broken bicycle
Soil
Spring flowering plants

Dremel suggest you place the bike surrounded by trailing ivy. Jasmine, sweetpeas or even peas might be nice too. Should you wish to use your bike planter to grow fruit and veg, try Tumbling Tom tomatoes or wild strawberries.

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