Step 1: What You'll Need
From your recycling bin:
• two 2L pop bottles (I used Coke Zero)
• mouth was bottle
• two shampoo or conditioner bottles (plastic deodorant containers may work too)
• round plastic dip or spread container
• thin cardboard from cereal boxes or something similar
• paper towel tube
From the thrift store or the back of your closet:
• old purse with brown faux-leather straps
From the craft store, hardware store or your supply cabinet:
• scissors and x-acto knife
• glue gun and glue sticks
• white glue
• masking tape
• spray primer
• spackling paste
• silver spray paint
• craft paint in bronze, pewter and black
• paint brushes
Step 2: Rockets!
Cut off the necks and toss them back in your recycling bin.
Cut two strips of cardboard slightly longer than the circumference of the pop bottles.
Wrap the cardboard around the bottle bottoms to form a tube that will be the main body of your rockets. Secure with masking tape.
Step 3: The Pointy Bits
Make your rockets nice little party hats and secure them with the help of masking tape and your glue gun.
Be careful when using the glue gun on the pop bottles tops as the heat can warp the plastic.
Step 4: Bring It All Together
Cutting the mouth wash bottle is the trickiest part of this entire project. Using scissors, an x-acto knife or a hot knife, cut off part of the neck of the mouth wash bottle. Also remove part of the back of the bottle so it will sit flush with the two rocket tubes.
Secure the bottle in between the tubes with hot glue.
Cut the rounded bottom out of a plastic dip container and glue it to the centre of the mouth wash bottle.
Add a strip of card board behind the centre to create the top vent.
Glue a piece of paper towel tube to the bottom of the mouth wash bottle and the rockets on either side.
Cut the rounded bottoms out of two shampoo bottles and glue them to the rockets.
Make thin cardboard strips to secure to the bottom of the rockets and glue them down.
Step 5: Prime Time
Fill any cracks and smooth out seams with spackling paste. Sand it down once it's dry.
To create fake rivets, dip the end of a paint brush in white glue and dot it on in evenly spaced rows. Allow glue to dry before spray painting rocket pack silver.
Step 6: Final Details
After the rocket pack is painted silver, use black craft paint to paint the pop bottle bottoms.
Paint the cones bronze.
To bring out some of the detail and dull down the shiny silver, rub on a mixture of pewter and black.
Create the bottom flaps out of cardboard, paint them silver and then glue them on.
Cut small pieces of insulated wire and insert them into the black parts by first cutting a small slit and then pushing the exposed copper wire through.
Step 7: Making the Pack
Cut out the bottom of the purse and glue it to the back of the rockets.
Attach the straps with more hot glue.
Step 8: I Think You're Gonna Need a Helmet
Pair the rocket pack with some khaki pants, big boots and a leather jacket and hit the town.
The finished rocket pack it about half the size of the movie version, so while it might not satisfy purists, it would be perfect for children or people who have a habit of bumping big backpacks into strangers.