Stuffed Animal Jet Pack: Pinterest in Real Life

About a year ago, I saw these awesome jet-pack rockets for kids, perfect for pretend play. I loved watching kids play with these, and I thought of another version that would be great for pretend play. I wanted to make them miniature and use them with our stuffed animals. I have been wanting to do this for about a year, but I finally took the time to do it this past weekend.

Materials needed:

small 8oz water bottles with the labels removed

spray paint

cardboard

duct tape

tissue paper

glue gun

I have been saving small water bottles in the basement for this very reason. I got some spray paint to cover the outside so it would look more rocket like. Of course, I thought the spray paint I got was gray with a little glitter shimmer. Turns out it was just glittery, so you could still see the inside of the bottle, but I made it work.

I had orange and yellow crepe paper in our crafting area, and for the longest time I couldn’t figure out what to do with it...until I realized it could be the rocket fire! Since the bottle was still see through, I decided to put some of it inside the rocket as well. It turned out pretty well!

Making the straps was the trickiest part. I’m sure there is an easier way to do this, but here’s what I did. I took a piece of cardboard and cut it to the size of the two bottles put together. Then I took a piece of duct tape and tore it in half. I took one piece and attached it to the cardboard, sticky side out. Then I took the other piece and put the sticky sides of the duct tape together to make a little strap. I did this twice so I would have two straps, then I wrapped the whole piece of cardboard in duct tape. I didn’t line up the duct tape as well as I would have liked, but they still work.

I used my hot glue gun to glue the water bottles together, then attached the cardboard duct tape straps to the bottles.

Stuffed animal jet packs by Encourage Play

Making the straps was the trickiest part. I’m sure there is an easier way to do this, but here’s what I did. I took a piece of cardboard and cut it to the size of the two bottles put together. Then I took a piece of duct tape and tore it in half. I took one piece and attached it to the cardboard, sticky side out. Then I took the other piece and put the sticky sides of the duct tape together to make a little strap. I did this twice so I would have two straps, then I wrapped the whole piece of cardboard in duct tape. I didn’t line up the duct tape as well as I would have liked, but they still work.

I used my hot glue gun to glue the water bottles together, then attached the cardboard duct tape straps to the bottles.

                                                                                                                 Here's the jet pack in action!

                                                                                                                 Here's the jet pack in action!

My daughter LOVED it immediately. Initially, my son said “not cool”, until I put the rocket pack on his teddy bear. All of a sudden, when he saw it actually on his stuffed animal, it was so much better ;-) They were making their stuffed animals fly around the room and in the air. Right now, both stuffed animals are still wearing their jet packs. Adorable! It didn’t turn out perfectly, but they had a good time playing with it.