Let’s blast into the new year and zoom across the sky in our DIY jet packs! This project is fun for space adventurers of any age to make with their family and friends. Although you won’t be able to fly, you will be able to use your imagination and pretend. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Let’s get crafty, space travellers!
Things you’ll need
- Resource sheet
- Two pop bottles
- Sticks or dowels
- Silver spray paint
- Glue gun
- Glue stick
- 1” Tie down straps
- Aluminium foil
Clean and rinse two plastic bottles. Place them on sticks or dowels. Spray paint the bottles with metallic silver spray paint made for plastic. Allow them to dry according to the spray paint instructions.
To make the base plate for the jets, place the bottles side by side on top of a piece of cardboard. Draw a line to mark out the sizing.
Make sure the bottle will have contact at the top and bottom.
Trace to make a second piece for the back plate. Cut them out.
Cover the back plate and base plate with foil! First, cover the cardboard with a glue stick. Glue down a sheet of foil and fold down the edges, glueing them in place as well.
We use 1” tie down straps, but you can also use a wide ribbon. Size the shoulder strapping to your child. Make sure it’s loose enough for their arms to slide in and out. Glue the straps in place and add a waist strap by glueing it to the bottom edge of the board. You should have three straps.
Glue the second piece of cardboard on top.
Glue it down with the foil side facing up. Great job!
Add glue to the top and bottom of the board and hold and press the bottles down.
Add extra glue in between both bottles for more security.
Next, trace some flames onto your felt squares. Using a combination of red, orange, and yellow felt will make some very hot flames!
Layer them on top of one another.
Add glue to the underside of the red felt and glue it inside the bottle top.
Now we can decorate! Cut out the space decal image from the free printable resource sheet. Use a glue stick to stick it down to the centre of the back plate.
Add extra decorative elements like stickers, glitter, ribbon, and buttons.
To the star and beyond, friends!
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