Recycled Jet Pack Costume

Rummage around the recycling bin and find everything you need to make these one-of-a-kind jet packs. With the help of cardboard

boxes and some other simple supplies, your kids will be ready for blast

off!

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Here's what we used (but of course, every home will have different supplies) so just let your kids look through the recycling bin and get creative!

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  • Step 2

    Since my kids are young (ages 3 and 5), I helped put the jet pack together. However, slightly older kids may not need as much grownup assistance. To make the basic jet pack shape, we first cut a toilet paper roll in half.

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  • Step 3

    I wrapped duct tape around each cut tube and cut slits along one end of the tape. My son called these tubes his "octopus jets"

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  • Step 4

    The kids then attached the tubes (octupi jets?) to the bottom of their cereal boxes.

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  • Step 5

    After wrapping the box in tinfoil, we secured the top of the box with duct tape. Then I helped the kids add straps to their jet packs. We made sure the ribbons were long enough that the jet packs could be taken off easily.

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  • Step 6

    We secured the ribbon to the bottom of the box and added some more duct tape all around the jet pack for good measure.

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  • Step 7

    Then the kids got busy decorating! They added construction paper "buttons"...

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  • Step 8

    ...and used markers to add details. The kids loved cutting, gluing, and personalizing their creations.

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  • Step 9

    Of course, my son insisted that jet packs needed flames. Who could argue with such impeccable logic? Together we glued cut strips of tissue paper to add some "flare."

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  • Done!

    The kids eagerly strapped on their packs and jetted off. They had things to do, people to see, planets to get to at g-force speeds! I just hoped they came back in time for bed; blasting off is hard work!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 10

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