How to make a bike out of paper

Written by rosemary ebert | 13/05/2017
How to make a bike out of paper
A paper bicycle can be used for a school project. (two bicycles image by Juris Simanovics from

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 centred 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.

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 centre. Start 2cm from the straight edge and make a cut 2cm 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 centre of each wheel. Push the ends of the horizontal pipe cleaner through each wheel centre 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.


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

Tips and warnings

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

Things you need

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

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