Saturday, March 23, 2013

DIY: Bloomin' Bike Helmet

Me looking CRAZY at a bike rally in my original helmet. Do not do this outfit yourself.
Leading a Segway Tour on the Stone Arch Bridge
I made my bloomin' bike helmet when I was working as a Segway tour guide in Minneapolis. After graduation, I liberated it from the "Magical History Tour" and now wear it as I ride around my beloved Chicago streets. My favorite thing about this helmet is that encourages strangers to talk to me. Usually I am riding by or stopped at a stoplight and they shout at me, "Cool helmet! or "I love that!" I guess they figure I must be some sort of eccentric who probably wouldn't mind if they add one more voice to the ones in my head. Besides protecting my brain, a helmet like this leaves an impression. I remember one day during undergrad I arrived at class and set my bike helmet on the desk. The guy next to me gasped, "You're the Flower Helmet Girl!?! I see you all the time! Whoa... I feel like I just unmasked Spiderman."

Years have passed and my helmet is looking a little worse for wear, so I decided it was time to spruce it up and create some DIY instructions to boot. You too can be FHG!

You'll need:
A helmet, skater style works best/looks coolest.
Fabric flowers, be aware that scrap-booking ones will bleed if it rains.
Tacky Glue
Gorilla or Super Glue
  1. Wipe down the helmet with a damp rag to clean off any dirt.
  2. Pull flowers off stems and cut off any plastic centers in the petals.
  3. Glue fabric flowers onto helmet with Tacky Glue.
  4. Glue gems into centers of fabric flowers with Gorilla Glue. Hold for 20 seconds.
  5. Get on your bike and ride into the sunset. Beware of how much attention you will now be getting because of your newfound awesomeness.

And if you are lucky like me, you'll only superglue one rhinestone to your dining room table.  Happy Easter and many safe rides to you! And seriously, wear a helmet. Own your inner dork. Mine is flower flavored.