- Two tall ‘bottled water’ bottles
- Silver spray paint
- A strong rubber band
- Approx 1.5 metres of fabric strapping
- Velcro tape
- Scraps of yellow, orange and red cloth
- Tools: fabric glue, scissors, small bulldog clips,
sewing gear, a dropsheet
(in these images, I am making three jet packs at once)
Set up a drop sheet to cover the floor and backing, to create a spray paint area. Preferably outdoors or in a garage space. Remove your empty bottles’ labels and spray all over. Don’t forget the bottom – because on the finished jet pack, this will be the “top”. You can use jars to create stands for upside-down spraying.
Hold the bottles together with a strong rubber band.
Cut two 50cm lengths from the fabric strapping and tuck them under the rubber band, with a bit of craft glue to hold them in place at that point. These will become the shoulder straps.
Then measure a length of strapping that will wrap around the middle of both bottles, with a bit of overlap. Apply glue to the length of this piece then wrap it around, glue the overlap, and use a bulldog clip to hold it together while it dries.
Cut strips of red, orange and yellow fabric to create two bunches of ‘flames’. Make a bulky knot at the top these bunches, to hold them inside the bottles and give more substance for gluing.
Place a ring of glue inside the neck of each bottle and stuff the knotted end of the fabric inside. Let this dry before proceeding.
The final step is to add velcro to the straps. Cut lengths of velcro, about 10 to 15 cm, in both the ‘fluffy’ side and the ‘grabby’ side. By lying the bottles with the straps upwards, (or hold them against a child’s back) move the straps to how they would meet around a pair of shoulders, then mark the sides of the strap you’ll be attaching the velcro to, so that the pieces will correctly face each other. You could even pin them to make sure.
You could machine-sew these on, or do what I did: gluing, with bulldog clips to hold them in place, plus some hand-stitching around the edges too, for extra hold.
That’s it! The Jet Pack is finished.
Strap it on…. I found that crossing the straps across the chest gave a better hold on a small child, if the shoulder straps tended to slip off while running (be sure they are wearing a shirt under all parts of the straps)