After a long winter, bike season has arrived, but don’t settle for the same old ride. Get your kiddos in gear with these super cool (and surprisingly easy) ways to trick out their bicycles and tricycles with serious flash without a ton of cash. Scroll down to get inspired.

Duct Tape Bikephoto: Skunkboy Blog

1. Sticky Solutions
Who knew that everyone’s favorite fix-it material could also be used for a majorly cool bike makeover? You can forget standard industrial duct tape, because these days, it’s a snap to find pretty nifty patterns and colors that any kid will dig. The actual makeover process is as easy as it sounds, and you can get the whole sticky scoop at Skunkboy Blog.

Hair Tie Streamers photo: Green & Gorgeous

2. Sweet Streamers
Ah, don’t you just love when a craft looks cool, but is oh-so-easy to create? That’s the deal with these handle bar streamers, which can be whipped up in just a few minutes using a hair tie and ribbon. Customize the colors for your kid and you’re ready to roll! Get the uber easy how-to over at Green & Gorgeous. And while you’re there, get inspired by tricking out the spokes, too.

Dollar Store Bike Basketphoto: Sweet Floweret

3. Beautiful Baskets
If you needed one more reason to hit up your local Dollar Store, this is it: you just may find the materials for a super cute bike basket. The transformation process from Dollar Store purse to bike basket takes five minutes, and doesn’t require any special crafting skills. For more, head to Sweet Floweret.

Scraper Bike Wheelsphoto: Dan via Instructables

4. Great Scrapes
Talk about wheely cool bike style! We’re loving how this idea is part pinwheel, part optical illusion. You can get as creative and colorful as you want, and use different kinds of paper, tape, and even shiny materials. For all the info you need, head to this Instructables page.

Painted Bike Bellphoto: Idle Wife

5. Swell Bell
Ring ring! We’re pretty sure the only thing better than a cheerful bike bell is one that’s been painted and personalized for your little rider. All you need is paint, and maybe an artistic kid or two. Learn more at Idle Wife.

License Platephoto: Jana Eubank

6. Say My Name 
Does your mini cyclist have a license to drive? This cute sign is not only a great way to personalize a bike—it’ll also keep track of which wheels are yours when there’s a group ride. You can use your kid’s name, or even create a funny vanity plate: SPD RCR, anyone? Get inspired over at Jana Eubank.


Equestricyclephoto: Makedo via Instructables

7. Hobby Horse
We can’t get over how cool this idea is—or how perfect it is for any kid who pretends his bike is a trusty steed. And not to worry, cowpokes, this is actually easier to pull off than you might think. Start gathering cardboard, practice your horse sketching, and you’re halfway there. For the full handy instructions, gallop on over to Makedo’s Instructables page.

Piggy Bike Basket photo: Pink Stripey Socks

8. Pig in a Basket
This little piggy went to market…on a cool two-wheeler. This piggy bike basket is over-the-top cute and doesn’t require any huffing or puffing to make, either. Materials include cardboard, paint, and a few other things you probably have around the house. For the complete instructions, hit up Pink Stripey Socks.

Have you tricked out your kid trike or bike? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!

—Abigail Matsumoto

featured image: White77 via pixabay