How to Make a Bike Out of Paper

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A paper bicycle can be used for a school project.
A paper bicycle can be used for a school project. (Image: two bicycles image by Juris Simanovics from Fotolia.com)

Making a bike out of paper provides a terrific crafting opportunity for a rainy day or any day, for that matter. A paper bicycle is a perfect accessory for a doll house or school project centered around a transportation theme. This craft will refine your cutting skills and sharpen your creative style by using plain paper and pipe cleaner to design a bicycle. For a twist on this simple craft, consider using cardboard inside the paper wheels to provide extra balance and structure for the paper bike.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper, card stock
  • Scissors
  • Soup can
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • 3 pipe cleaners

Trace two circles on the paper using the soup can. These will be the wheels. Make spokes by folding each circle in half and making tiny cuts from the straight edge towards the center. Start 2 cm from the straight edge and make a cut 2 cm long. Do not cut all the way through to the end of the circle.

Draw two triangles, using the ruler to make straight, 1-inch sides. Cut out the triangles, and glue them together for a reinforced seat for the bicycle.

Attach a pipe cleaner with tape to the bottom of the seat. At the bottom of that pipe cleaner, attach another pipe cleaner horizontally by twisting together the two pipe cleaners.

Make a small hole in the center of each wheel. Push the ends of the horizontal pipe cleaner through each wheel center and twist the end to form a small knot so that the pipe cleaner will not slip back out.

Wrap the third pipe cleaner under the bike seat. Straighten out part of the pipe cleaner, and then bend the top portion upwards. Attach by twisting. Bend the cleaner into the shape of a handlebar.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use colorful paper for the seat and wheels.
  • Add small streamers to the handlebars for an extra touch.

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