5 Ways to Upcycle an Old Bicycle Wheel

Bicycle wheel crafts

DIY Bicycle Wheel Crafts & Uses for Old Bike Tires

Got an old bicycle wheel sitting around collecting dust? It may look pretty worthless at first, but that old bicycle wheel can actually be turned into something beautiful with a bit of elbow grease. Check out these bicycle wheel crafts to see what you can do with your old wheel!

1.  Bicycle Wheel Clock

Bicycle wheel clock

This bicycle wheel clock is so cool! The yardstick gives it a vintage look and the roman numerals just work perfectly. Keep in mind that in the photo above the clock is mounted on a chalkboard wall.

You will need:

  • Bicycle wheel
  • Clock kit designed for big hands
  • Paint can lid
  • Yardstick
  • Drill


2.  Stained Glass Bicycle Wheel

Stained glass bicycle wheel

I love how you can take any old bicycle wheel and turn it into a piece of art with this project. Making a stained glass bicycle wheel won’t be easy, but once it’s finished and you can see it spinning in your garden, it will all be worth it.

You will need:

  • Bicycle wheel
  • Glass
  • 1/4 in. copper foil – get 2 rolls
  • Solder
  • Flux
  • Soldering iron
  • Glass cutter


3.  Bike Rim Chandelier

Bicycle wheel chandelier

Who needs a fancy chandelier when you can make one yourself with nothing but some LEDs and an old bike wheel? This DIY chandelier may not be the prettiest, but it can light up a room!

You will need:

  • An old bike wheel (absolute minimum: a rim and seven spokes)
  • A matching worn-out tire
  • An LED garland, either 230 V or battery powered (the LEDs should fit into the spoke openings)


4.  Bicycle Wheel Wreath

Bicycle wheel wreath

If you live near a beach or you simply want to bring the beach back home with you, try making this ocean-themed bicycle wheel wreath! Such a lovely craft.

You will need:

  • Wrench
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors and garden cutters
  • Salvaged bicycle rim
  • Coral fans (10 to 12)
  • Large starfish (3)
  • Tacky spray
  • Blue and silver spray paint
  • Silver and clear glitter
  • Clear thread


5.  DIY Bicycle Wheel Pots and Pans Rack

Bicycle wheel rack

What a genius way to organize your pots and pans! Most hanging racks can cost quite a bit, but with this project, you’ll be able to make your own hanging rack for cheap!

You will need:

  • A bicycle wheel, cleaned to remove grease and dirt, with axle and tube removed.
  • 7″ x 3/8″ carriage bolt
  • 3/8″ jam nuts
  • 3/8″ coupling nut
  • 3/8″ threaded hanger bolt with half metal threads and half wood threads
  • 3/8″ washers
  • (5) 3″ S-hooks
  • Power drill
  • Adjustable crescent wrench
  • Ladder



Who knew there were so many different uses for old bike tires? It’s so neat to see all of the different ways you can repurpose something that most people would just throw in the trash.

Also, by making one of these crafts you’re saving a tire from the landfill so you should feel good about that! Let us know which craft you plan on trying!

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How to upcycle old bicycle wheels

Types: Crafts, Adult
Categories: Decoration, Frugal, Home

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