I have no idea where this week went. What is it about short weeks? Monday was a Bank Holiday and it feels like I've been playing catch up since then. Luckily, it's been a productive week - the only thing that seems to have suffered is my knitting.
But there was still crafting going on my friends!
For anyone who doesn't know my kid, he is obsessed with jets, rockets, rocketships, and things blasting off in general. When I found this DIY Rocket Power Jet-Pack tutorial at Doodlecraft a while back, I knew I had to make it for my little guy.
The tutorial was quick and easy to follow. It's definitely simple and cost-effective. Of course, not being near a local Michaels and knowing where to go for kids craft stuff in the UK, I ended up spending a little more on this project by having to get supplies from the local art store.
Since I had to buy supplies anyway, I used that as an opportunity to make a few modifications. My kid is a rough-and-tumble sort and let's just say that I was confident his exuberance would result in a short-lived jet-pack if I made it using cardboard and stapling the straps as originally instructed!
Backboard: I used a vinyl, linoleum tile found at the art store. I covered the raw side in grey felt, just to make it a bit softer, and I may end up doing this on the side with the bottles as well. It turns out that many glues don't like synthetic materials, like vinyl, and it took three different glues to figure this out. The one that worked the best was a super-bond "crazy glue" type product that held up well, although I've had to re-glue one part of the jet-pack overnight.
The other thing about working with the vinyl is that it requires some special tools to cut it. Make sure to get these and not ruin a good pair of scissors!
Shoulder harness: Instead of webbing I found some stretchy velcro bands in the haberdashery department at John Lewis. It's fantastic that they're adjustable, and I Iike that they can be re-used later in another craft if we want to.
Flames: You need yellow! Or at least Mr. H and I thought we did. And lightning bolts really seemed to add that extra zip that we were going for.
All in all, a relatively quick and easy craft that was totally worth it for seeing my kid's face light up with complete delight when it was ready!