How to Make a Jet Pack – easy DIY dress up for kids

I’ve received several requests for a tutorial for the jet packs we made for R’s spaced themed 4th birthday party. There are loads of different jet packs on Pinterest which is why I didn’t initially post about ours, but you’ve been asking, and we did make ours slightly differently to the ones I’ve seen (read: we cut a few corners to save time!) so, you asked for it, here it is! The first jet pack I ever saw on Pinterest was this one. It is absolutely adorable but there’s a little too much gluing and waiting for it to dry. We had about two days to make twelve of these things so we changed things a bit to make them as quickly as possible.

We made twelve jet packs for R’s birthday party. That’s a lot of jet packs! Now when I say “we”, I actually mean my hubby. All credit goes to him for these.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 empty soda bottles for each jet pack
  • duct tape
  • tissue paper (we used red, orange and yellow, but just one colour would be fine)
  • Grey strap fabric
  • silver spray paint

STEP 1. Spray paint the soda bottles. We used spray paint because we had so many of these to make and this meant we could paint them all at once. We found that one coat was sufficient.

STEP 2. Using duct tape, bind two bottles side by side to form the jet pack.

STEP 3. Using duct tape, apply two straps. We used some fabric that was just like the straps on a back pack.

FLAMES METHOD 1: Now you are ready to make the flames. This is the fun bit! When hubby made these for the party, he used the method shown in the pic above. He cut three different colours of tissue paper to three different widths. He then cut points along one edge of each colour, and lay them on top of each other as shown above. Next, roll the three layers of paper together so that the shortest layer (in this case the red) is on the outside. Stuff one end into the opening of the bottles and secure with duct tape. I can’t believe hubby did this twenty four times! They looked amazing though and the kids loved them.

FLAMES METHOD 2: This is the method I use (ie, it’s quicker and simpler!). R didn’t end up with a jet pack for himself after his party was over. They were so popular that a few of the children took extras home for their siblings. I had to make another one for R and this is how I made the flames. Fold a length of tissue paper in half. Tear strips up to the fold, but do not tear all the way through the fold. Yes, I tore these strips, I didn’t even bother with scissors. I like the way they look not being perfectly even. I used two colours, red and orange, because that’s just what we happened to have left. You could use one colour or as many colours as you like. Roll the paper and then stuff it into the opening of the bottles, and secure with duct tape.

That’s it! I really like the shredded paper flames because they have so much movement when R is running around. They also make a great “whooshing” sound too. It all adds to the fun!

For another cute idea for making Jet Packs, check out this post from Boy Mama Teach Mama. This is a great option if you don’t want to have to paint the bottles (Stephanie uses foil instead) and I love how she uses ballons for the flames.

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Comments
  1. I love the fabric flames!

    • Thanks Stephanie. They really do add to the rocket power of these jet packs!

  2. Elizabeth

    Do you know of any good books to read that deal with Jet Packs?

  3. My guy would love to fly around the yard with this pack on this back.

    • There’s been a lot of that going on around here JDaniel4′s Mom!

  4. Love this Ness x

  5. Such good fun Ness – really clever and simple!

  6. SO cool! Can’t believe how many you made. Brilliant.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

  7. I smile every time i see these on Pinterest Ness….mainly because i know the clever and wonderful Mum…but also because they are so darn cute and just a lot of childhood fun!

    • Ah, Jode. This just made my day. Thank you for such a lovely comment.

  8. This is so awesome. I think I’m going to add it to my chirstams list for some of Miss Possum’s cousins. I rekon they’ll love this more than some cheap toy I’ve bought them… And it’s made of recycled materials too!

  9. This is such a fun idea for a party! Thank you for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. I’m pinning it to our feature board. (I already pinned it to my Let’s Pretend board.)

  10. Courtney

    Love this idea and am borrowing it for my sons fourth birthday. Where did you find grey strap fabric?

  11. Amy

    These are fantastic! Can you tell me what kind of bottles you used that have the squiggles/flames? They’re perfect! Thanks!

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  13. Julie

    Such a cute craft! Could you please let me know what type/brand of spray paint you used on the 2-liter bottles? Also, how many 2-liter bottles could one can of spray paint cover? Thank you!

    • Thanks Julie! I honestly don’t remember which brand of paint we used – ‘m in Australia anyway so I’m not sure if our brands would even be available in the US. Sorry, that’s not terribly helpful, is it? You wouldn’t need anything particularly special. Any regular brand offering metallic silver paint will work just fine I’m sure. As for how many bottles you could cover with one can, a little goes a long way. I think one can of spray would cover quite a large number of bottles. We only used about a third of the can for the jet packs that we made. Hope that helps a little and have a fantastic party!

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