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Mini bike sculpture

Fun at home activity

Design and make your own bike sculpture, inspired by the exhibition Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia at the National Museum of Australia.

Let your imagination run free. Can you recall when you learnt to ride? Think about what bikes mean to you and how they help us move around, stay fit and have fun.

Assortment of miniature bikes fabricated from various materials

Make a mini bike sculpture

pdfDownload the ‘Make a mini bike sculpture’ instruction sheet (PDF 425kb)

Time and difficulty

About 40 minutes, easy to complex,
depending on materials and plans.

What you need

  • 4 x plastic lids
  • hole punch or a hammer and nail
  • pipe cleaners
  • drinking straws
  • pliers
  • metal pins, glue and tape
  • hole punch or a hammer and nail

    How to make your mini bike sculpture

    Steps 1 to 2

    These steps are a guide. You can use any materials that you want! We used lids and wire but you can use paper and glue, craft wood and tape or other recycled materials from your home.

  1. Explore different types of bikes on our Freewheeling website. Can you see the penny-farthing, dragster and trike in the picture of our creations above?
  2. Gather your materials. Think about the parts of a bike – wheels, handlebars, seat and frame – and any extra parts to add to your creation.
Miniature bike fabricated from various materials
Miniature bike fabricated from various materials

Step 3

If you are using plastic lids for wheels, ask an adult to put a hole in the centre of the lids with a hole punch or nail and hammer. We used two lids taped together to make one wheel.

Miniature bike fabricated from various materials

Step 4

Insert wire through the hole in the wheel. Make a frame by bending the wire. Twist wire to join.

Miniature bike fabricated from various materials
Miniature bike fabricated from various materials

Step 5

Thread pieces of straw on to another piece of wire to form a frame and handlebars. Attach the wheels to the frame by twisting the wire. Bend a pipe cleaner into a V-shape to make pedals.

Miniature bike fabricated from various materials
Miniature bike fabricated from various materials

Step 6

Attach the pedals by twisting around the centre of the frame. Fashion a seat and handgrips from pipe cleaners or tape. Play with your toy bike. Make a collection to share with family and friends!

Share your creation

Email a photo or video to schoolholidays@nma.gov.au so we can see what you made.

See what others have made on our Flickr stream

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