In today’s post, I am going to repurpose and recycle an old bike wheel. I couldn’t believe my luck when I stumbled across an old bike wheel when I was out walking recently. I had seen lots of repurposed bike wheels on Pinterest and I was dying to give one a try. I decided to turn my wheel into a decorative wreath. This was a really quick DIY and it only took me a morning to make. As I was recycling this wheel I thought to myself that it would make a great wedding DIY. So, if you know any brides to be then please share this DIY with them.
Prepping Your Recycled Wheel
My wheel was in pretty good condition considering I found it on the side of the road. It had some early signs of rust and was grubby but overall in good condition. The rubber tyre was also removed so I didn’t have to struggle with dismantling that. I used some of my trusty Krud Kutter to clean down my wheel. I also used a wire sponge to help scratch off any rust that was on the spokes of the wheel. A little tip! I washed my wheel in the bathtub as it was easier and less messy to scrub. I was then able to rinse down the wheel with my shower head before leaving it to dry outside.
Prime And Paint
I used some Rust-oleum all surface primer to prime my wheel. I wanted to give it the best base for the copper paint and avoid it from chipping. I applied one coat of surface primer and allowed it to fully dry. Always remember to use your spray paint outside or in a well-ventilated shed and use gloves if you have sensitive skin on your hands. Once I was happy with my primer, I then applied two coats of the Rust-oleum bright copper spray paint. I love this shade and I had some spray paint left over from a previous project. A can of this goes a long way so you will have loads left over and can use it again.
Adding My Faux Flowers
There are some amazing quality faux flowers around at the moment. I picked up the ones I used in today’s post from Dunnes Stores. I also recommend trying HomeSense and Tk Maxx for faux flowers as well as some garden centres. You can also shop online too but it can be hard to tell if the quality is as good when shopping for them online. I used a set of pliers to cut the wire stems off my flowers so that they would fit on my wreath. I used some florists wire to attach the flowers to my wheel. You could use your glue gun but the reason I avoided using my gun was so I could change the flowers easily in the future and wire is easier to remove than old glue.
I styled my wheel wreath in my upstairs bathroom but I am going to style it in the garden in Summertime as I plan on having a party. I am going to try to get a few more and use them to make a fun backdrop for taking photos. Let me know if you have any luck at finding a bike wheel. Try salvage yards and recycle centres and see if you can pick one up for free. Even a broken one could be salvaged.
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