Bicycle License Plate
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 6 and up
Kids can make their very own license plates for their bikes. Let them choose their favorite colors to really make it their own.
What you'll need:
- 4.5" x 2.5" piece of thin cardboard
- 1 sheet construction paper
- Glue stick
- White craft paint
- White paint pen
- Fine tip marker
- 8" x 10" piece of clear adhesive paper (recommended: Con-Tact paper)
- Hole punch
- 1 chenille stem
How to make it:
- Trim cardboard to desired size so that it fits underneath the bike's seat.
- Apple glue stick all over the cardboard and cover with construction paper. (See photo.)
- Trim around the cardboard, leaving a 1/2 inch border all the way around. Paint a one inch border with white paint. (See photo.)
- Using a white paint pen have the child write his/her name in the center. Trace the name with a fine point marker. (See photo.)
- Trim the border close to the cardboard, leaving a small white border. Cover the license plate in clear adhesive paper and trim the edges, leaving a ¼ inch overlap. (See photo.)
- Using a hole punch, make two holes, one on each side toward the top. (See photo.)
- Use a chenille stem threaded through the two holes to attach it to the bicycle frame under the seat. (See photo.)
- If you have safety concerns about using your child's name in the craft, choose a favorite word or phrase instead (ex - "princess" or "bike fan"). You can also choose to do no words at all -- have kids draw a favorite animal or flower.
- Change up the colors of the construction paper and marker to suit your tastes.
- Instead of construction paper and cardboard, you can use color heavy duty poster board.
- For a fun and funky twist, use patterned scrapbook paper instead of construction paper.