Please welcome my friend Ali with a great DIY project for all you bikers out there! Here’s Ali:

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I came up with this project one day using only what I already had in my house (minus mount). The can was perfect because it fit my coffee tumbler, beer bottle, water bottle, and coke cans. I even thought about making a mount rigged with something I found around the house, but opted for a “real” mount to give it a more clean look. This is a fun project that may look long because I explained everything in detail, but it really only takes a few minutes and with an awesome end result!

Items needed:

  • Can
  • Bike mount (can be bought at any bike store mine cost $3.99 at our local store)
  • Koozie
  • Baking Soda
  • Sealer such as Mod Podge (see below for homemade decoupage sealer recipe)
  • Paint brush
  • Marker or Pen

Optional items:

  • Drill or metal punch
  • Hammer

1) Cleaning: Rinse out your can and remove label. Hammer down any sharp edges if needed. Remove label
glue with warm water and soap. A little scrubbing may be needed to get it all off depending on the brand
of can you used. At this point you may want to remove any imperfections or serial numbers printed on
the can. You can do this with a light buffing using warm water and baking soda. If you like the can the
way it is then you are ready to move on to the next step.

2) Sealing: Brush on your sealer. As you see I used Mod Podge because I had some sitting around the
house, but you can very easily make your own sealer. You may want to do 2 coats of sealer to make sure
it is well covered and don’t forget to do the inside too! Let dry.

3) Mounting: Determine where you want your mount to go and mark each hole with a marker. I suggest not
doing it on the seam of the can because it is the weakest point.

Then drill or punch holes where you marked. If using a drill I would use a bit that is as big as the shaft
of the screw, but no bigger. If once you have drilled the holes you have trouble inserting the screw just
run the drill through again to widen the hole slowly. Then you are good to attach the mount to the can.

4) Finishing touches: slide in your koozie for some extra insulation and mount it onto your bike.
Aaaaaaand you’re done!

5) Stand back and admire your work

Homemade Sealer Recipe: Combine 50% Elmer’s glue & 50% water in a jar. Shake Shake Shake and voila!

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Thank you so much for sharing Ali!

5 Responses

  1. Montana

    HI! I am excited to try this project, but am curious how the screws used to attach the mount to the can don’t interfere with the inside of the can? Or is the koozie used as a buffer, with the use of short screws?
    Thanks!

    Reply

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