Last weekend I finally took 30 minutes to make Elias a soda bottle jet pack inspired by one on Pinterest. Unfortunately, the link is dead for the one I pinned and it has no instructions, so I thought I would write some of my own.
Already, this little project has give him hours of creative expression – and it is so, so easy.
You have to make one for your kids!
Soda Bottle Jet Pack Tutorial
- Two 2 liter bottles (Mine were sprite bottles – Different bottles have different textures)
- 1 can of silver spray paint
- Hot glue
- Sturdy piece of cardboard (I used a piece from a shipping box)
- 16″ of 1″elastic
- Felt (A few of those 29 cent craft store sheets is perfect. I used red, orange and yellow.)
How to make the Soda Bottle Jet Pack:
- Spray paint bottles and cardboard
- While paint dries, cut out the flame shapes. then overlap and glue the tops together (you want the flames to “fly” on the jetpacks, so only glue the top edge)
- When the bottles are dry, glue the flames to the inside of the opening of each bottle.
- Cut your elastic into two 8″ strips. Then loop it and staple it to the top of the cardboard (about 2″in from the edge)- your child will put his or her arms through this to hold the jet pack on their back.
- Hot glue the bottles to your cardboard (Now I will say, hot glue + plastic means that you can pretty easy pull the bottles off the cardboard, but they certainly are not going to go anywhere with normal wear and tear. And if they do, some new glue is a pretty easy solution)
- Let your child’s imagination soar!
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