As someone with a chronic pain condition that is still young, it took me a while to finally admit that it; I needed to get myself a wheelchair. I don’t use it all the time by any means but it allows me to be more out and about with my family if we are planning to go out and do something that will require a lot of activity. It allows me to save my energy. It allows my bad pain days not to rule my activity as much.
However, as someone who also can’t just leave boring things alone, I wanted to decorate the one I got. I got this wheelchair from Craigslist for $20 and it was a great find, but it was also boring black and for me, I wanted to ride in style. My daughter and I decided that decorating it was the only option. I did mine with duct take and some blingy ribbon. The whole project cost me less than $15. This would be perfect for you to do if the wheelchair you have is for a child, teen or even if you are someone like myself that has to turn anything you can into a craft project.
How to Decorate a Wheelchair with Duct Tape
Materials you will need:
Duct tape in any color or pattern you like
Duct Tape sheets
Start by measuring your chair. You will want to get measurements on the inside part near the actual sitting area so you can cover it with your Duct tape sheets. When you have it measured out, cut your sheets to match and gently peel off the backing and place it on the surface of your chair.
To decorate the hand grips on the wheels, cut small strips of the duct tape and working in a spiral over-laying pattern, start wrapping it around making sure it overlaps each layer and lays as flat as possible. Do this around both wheel’s grips. The good thing about this is not only does it add some style, but I have also found that it adds extra grip.
Add your ribbon wherever you want buy working quickly with a glue gun.
Get as creative as you want. This is your chair! Add bling, other patterns and even rhinestones!
Some helpful hints:
Choose a pattern that will look OK even if the pattern does not line up like I did with the zebra print. If you don’t, your chair might look funky and not in a good way.
When doing the wheel grips, work slowly and pull the duct tape taunt. You don’t want it to be loose in any way.
Don’t place the Duct tape anywhere that you will need to fold the chair up. It will make it difficult to fold and it will come over pretty easily.