We will be traveling the length of Africa as part of our trip so we will need to protect ourselves from insects whilst we sleep (namely mosquitoes for me – as I am quite allergic to them). This afternoon I made a bunch of D.I.Y window fly-screens. All in all the whole set up cost us $90.00 (55 quid) to make seven screens. If you had these made for you it would cost about that much per screen. And in true Blue Peter Style (for all you English folk) – here’s what I made earlier!
First, I gathered the materials: Magnetic tape (sticky on one side, magnetic on the other), flexible silicone adhesive, fiberglass fly screen material, electrical tape, measuring tape & ruler, scissors, stanely knife and of course a few BEERS!
Step 1: Cut and place magnetic tape onto exterior of window. Step 2: Measure and cut fly screen to the dimensions of the window (allow a bit extra for error)
Step 3: Peel off the backing to the magnetic tape revealing it’s sticky side. Step 4: Apply silicone adhesive along all four strips of tape.
Step 5: Use a square of magnetic tape to spread the adhesive across the strips evenly. Step 6: Place the section of fly screen on top of tape and silicone – smooth out whilst wet
Step 7 : (Optional – can use any finishing material) – Roll out electrical tape over ugly sticky sides, making use of the fact that the adhesive is still tacky and bond-able.
Step 8: With a cloth rub finger firmly over finishing material to achieve a strong bond. Step 9: Swig some beer and admire handiwork thus far.
Step 10: Swig more beer whilst handiwork dries off (15 mins) and remove entire piece from vehicle. Step 11: Turn upside down on flat surface and trim off excess materials.
Step 12: Test fly screen on window and congratulate yourself! Step 13: Practice peeling off and re-applying fly screen for fun.
Step 14: Test the fold-ability of the fly screen but not for too long! It needs to dry. Step 15: Lay fly screen out to dry. Repeat for the other 7 windows. Maybe skip the beers if you want to get it right 🙂