Humans shouldn’t have all the fun when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. This season we asked local designer Joe Irwin to transform our PUBLIC Mini Balance Bikes into a herd (yup) of little seahorses. The result is currently hanging in the window of our PUBLIC Bikes San Francisco shop in Hayes Valley and couldn’t be any more playful and smile-inducing.
Joe was game enough to draw up a how-to-guide that that you can use to fashion your own Seahorse PUBLIC Mini Balance Bike or use as a reference should you want to create an adult-sized version. And speaking of the adult-sized version, check it out on our Instagram here and Joe’s website here. And also check out these these other bicycle Halloween costume ideas.
Download the complete DIY seahorse instructions along with the template here.
Or check out the instructions for creating your own seahorse bike below.
- Download and print Seahorse Template
- Foamular Rigid Insulation Panels – (3) 2ft x 2ft panels
- 16 or 18 gauge sheet metal – 3in x 18in
- (5) 8” velcro wrap straps
- (2) M10 bolts
- Gorilla Glue
- Trace all shapes from the Seahorse Template onto the Foamular Rigid Insulation Panels.
- Using a hotwire or blade, cutout all the foam pieces.
- Glue all tail rib pieces into place.
- Cut and form all metal pieces. Metal pieces include the rear hub tail end support, tail base frame connection, and head connection.
- Connect the rear hub tail end support by drilling a hole and gluing the bolt from the support into the tail.
- Glue the tail base frame connection to the tail with the screw pointing out (to connect to the frame).
- Connect the head connection to the head by carving out a slot and gluing the piece in, with the tabs exposed.
- Paint, glitter, and bedazzle all foam pieces.
- Insert and glue velcro straps into foam cutouts at the tail and the body.
- Glue the head velcro straps to the exposed metal tabs.
- Connect the tail by slipping the metal tail end support behind the rear hub bolts, connecting the base through the frame bolt hole. Tighten the nut and tighten the velcro strap around the seat post.
- Connect the body by tightening the velcro straps around the frame.
- Connect the head by slipping over the handle bar connection and tightening the velcro straps.
- Get out and ride!