Sep 3, 2012

DIY Jet Pack Project

Image: Doodle Craft
The three greatest words any child needs to hear should be - 'I love you', but I'm pretty sure most of them (well mostly boys, probably) would easily swap them for  - 'homemade jet pack.'

If you have a young kid in your family, plus a few recycled soda bottles, then this incredibly creative idea from Doodle Craft will propel your once measly status of older brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, uncle, or grandparent into & beyond the stratospheric position of  'coolest older brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, uncle or grandparent ever'.


All you need is 2 x recycled two-litre bottles.
Image: Doodle Craft

A piece of recycled cardboard wide enough to fit the child's back and some webbing to make some straps. Most DIY stores will sell webbing by the yard or metre but you could use string or ribbon. You just need to cut holes in the cardboard and staple the webbing to secure it.

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Using a spray can of silver paint (or colour of your choice), spray the bottles lightly with a coat of paint. Let it dry for at least an hour.

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Next, cut out some 'flames' from some orange and red felt which you can pick up in most arts & crafts shops and glue them into the spout of the bottles.

Image: Doodle Craft
Image: Doodle Craft

Glue the bottles to the cardboard and there you have it. Your very own homemade jet pack.

Image: Doodle Craft
As for the kid in my family, he might have to wait his turn. The 7 year old me is bursting to try it out.

I wonder how many more weeks is it to Halloween? Because I just might have found this years costume.

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