Kids Super Sci-Fi Rocket Fueled Jet Pack Made for Pennies!

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Introduction: Kids Super Sci-Fi Rocket Fueled Jet Pack Made for Pennies!

About: Hi! My name is Natalie! I have an awesome husband that lets me be a Play-at-home mom of 3! We homeschool and do projects daily! Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesomeness!

Create a Super sci-fi rocket jet pack for your little rocketeer!
Easy to make with recyclables you may already have! 

Step 1: Create the Backpack From Cardboard and Webbing!

To begin take a piece of cardboard that fits the width of the child's back.
Build arm straps like a back pack.  Through the top and around to the side.  I used old backpack webbing and just stapled it in place to create arm holes!   I added a strap across the chest that is stapled to the arm loops and buckles in front.  It's like the rocket stabilizers.  :)
You could use old webbing, shoelaces, or rope, braided yarn, twill tape...anything you have on hand!

Step 2: Soda Bottles Become Jet Turbines!

Take two 2-liter soda bottles that have been cleaned and labels removed.
Lightly mist them with silver spray paint.  Because you will be gluing these to the cardboard, you only need to mist the tops and sides of them, not all around.  It was hot out, so it didn't take long to dry! 

Step 3: Spewing Flames!

Hot glue the bottles to your cardboard back-pack.   Then take some red, yellow or orange felt and hot glue flames inside the bottle opening.  We used felt because that's what we had!  You could use crepe paper, ribbon, yarn, colored paper...

Step 4: Ignition Switch...ready for Blast Off!

Add a felt ignition switch to the front strap and you are ready for lift off!

Step 5: We Have Lift-off! Rocket Jet Packs Are a Success!

Let the little Rocketeer take it for a test ride!  This was so worth the 20-30 minutes we spent making it!  Hours of fun through the months to come!  He even wears it shopping or to the Library! 

Maker Moms Contest

Runner Up in the
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Participated in the
Halloween Props Contest

3 People Made This Project!

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13 Discussions

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DiyGal123
DiyGal123

4 years ago

so cute gonna make it for a friends 4 year old brother he will love it!

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xenor
xenor

6 years ago on Introduction

This project brought a big grin to my face. Love it!

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WhatTheHell83
WhatTheHell83

7 years ago

Oh my good. Thats so simple but awesome!! Love it and my son too :D

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mbrust035
mbrust035

8 years ago on Introduction

Is this kid tested and kid approved? Looks awesome, I am glad at least one kid knows the joys of an imagination. Imagination seems to be more and more imaginary these days.

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doodlecraft
doodlecraft

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Thanks! Yes, imagination--love it! Thankfully, my kids have tons! :)

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bennelson
bennelson

8 years ago on Introduction

Reminds me of the year that I just had to go to Halloween as the ROCKETEER!

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doodlecraft
doodlecraft

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

I need to find that Rocketeer movie and show my kids! They would love it! Of course then I'd need to make jet packs for my other 2! :)

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scoochmaroo
scoochmaroo

8 years ago on Introduction

I actually posted a link to this on my FB page about 4 days before you shared it here. So glad to have you on board! This project is amazing.

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doodlecraft
doodlecraft

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Hey thanks! That explains why I got a surge of hits from facebook! :) Awesome! I'm a new follower of yours here!

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samalert
samalert

8 years ago on Introduction

Loved the project, the photography, the model small rocket man it was really a eye candy project simply loved it thanks

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doodlecraft
doodlecraft

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Thanks so much! I think pictures are worth 1000 words! I can learn more from pics than reading a tutorial...I hope it helps others! :) This was really one of my all time favorite projects ever--and to be able to share that with my 3 year old was really special! :)

That is so cute! It looks so easy and quick to put together so your little rocketeer can start playing with it right away!

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doodlecraft
doodlecraft

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Thanks! Yes, for a 3 year old...he HAD to see those results fast! He stuck right by me and was thrilled to see that HE could build something he loves! :)