Like many of you out there, I have accumulated quite a few old motorcycle helmets over the years. Some were damaged and some were just replaced because of age. They were all just taking up space in my garage as I didn’t want to toss them in the landfill and then wait for a million years or however long it takes for fibreglass to break down.
So I started looking for ways to re-use old helmets. Hopefully you can use some of these ideas – I know I will.
1. Planters. Here I thought I had a novel idea, but this seems to be quite a popular use for an old helmet. Fill it full of dirt and plants and watch them grow.
2. Re-line it (and presumably continue to use it). This guy provides step-by-step instructions on how to renew your old helmet when the lining wears out. I don’t think that’s highly recommended by the safety gurus, but if you don’t really care and only wear a helmet because you are forced to by law, then I guess this solution is as good as any.
3. A bucket. Or in the case of this guy, a helmet.
4. Paint fantastical images on them and place them on stakes to ward off evil. Or on fence posts and call it “art”.
5. Turn it into a computer, like this guy did.
6. Donate it to your local fire station to use for training purposes.
7: Turn it into a hands-free loudspeaker for that next protest rally. Note, this design also uses that other essential motorcycling product – duct tape.
8. Bird houses. A full-face helmet could make a pretty interesting bird house I think. A bit of wood for the base and the face opening, and voila – a mini Hilton for your feathered friends.
9. Wear it in the kitchen when trying out that new recipe, kindly provided by your ex-wife.
10. Give it to your local hoodlum (or alleged cop, in this case) to use as a disguise when robbing a bank.
11. Replace those tacky black velvet Elvis paintings presently gracing your living room wall with this tasteful display commemorating your passion for motorcycling.
12. Protect that sharp point on your 60’s-style sissy bar with it.
13. Give it to the kids to play with. And if there’s anything that will prevent you from ever using it again it’s all the peanut butter, orange juice, cookie crumbs, drool, etc. that will be ingrained in the lining within about 15 minutes.
14. Save it for inclement weather. Note the clever use of the sheepskin seat covers as well.
15. Seal up the visor, put a light in the back and turn it into an aquarium for your bichir fish (pronounced “biker”).
16. Give it to your teen to wear while taking driver’s ed courses.
17. And last, but not least, give it to Fido so he’s legal.