Create a pretty vintage bicycle planter with Rust-Oleum*

Have you discovered the gorgeous Make It Yours mini-mag free from Rust-Oleum inside issue 82 of Mollie Makes? It’s packed with inspirational summer upcycling projects to give your home and garden a fresh new look. Top of our list to try is this fun bicycle planter – the ideal way to revamp that old bicycle rusting away in the garden shed. This quick makeover project from blogger Cassie Fairy will give it a new lease of life in no time.

Whether you’d like to gain healthy-living points by taking up cycling or simply want to repurpose your bike into something decorative, here’s an easy project that anyone can do in a spare afternoon. This project took me no longer than five hours, including drying time, so there’s no excuse for leaving your vintage bike to rust away! With a can of Rust-Oleum in your hand you can easily renovate your old bike and get it back on the road in no time. Alternatively, you could upcycle it into a pretty planter to brighten up a corner of your garden. Fancy giving it a go? Here’s how …

What you’ll need

  • Bike
  • Flowers
  • Spanner
  • Sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Rust-Oleum Surface Primer
  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch – chosen colour
  • Rust-Oleum Direct to Vinyl – Black


Step 1: prepare

Remove the wheels from the frame and pull out the seat and handlebars.

Step 2: mask

Mask off any parts of the bike that you don’t want to paint. The chain and the mechanisms if you want to keep the bike moving!

Step 3: prime

Paint two coats of Rust-Oleum Surface Primer to give the frame a good base.

Step 4: spray the frame

Spray paint the frame with smooth, long strokes, making sure not to move the can too close to the surface. Add many fine coats of paint rather than a thick layer, as the paint may drip if you spray too close.

Step 5: spray the accessories

We changed the colour of the black bicycle basket to white with a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum Painters Touch and we renovated the vinyl seat with a single coat of Rust-Oleum Direct To Vinyl spray paint in black.

Step 6: reassemble and decorate

When all parts of the bicycle are dry, remove the masking tape and reassemble the wheels, seat and handle bars, then decorate with flowers.

Tell us what other makes from the Rust-Oleum mini-mag have inspired you in the comments section below, or share your projects over on Facebook and Instagram using #molliemakers.

About Cassie Fairy

Cassie is an award winning lifestyle blogger who uses her blog to share her craft projects, sewing tutorials, photography, adventures, recipes and everything that inspires her. @cassiefairy

Photo credits: Cassie Fairy


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