Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rocket Man: Little Boys Space Party!

Tomorrow is Finn's space party {no one remind him his birthday was a month ago ha!} He kept going back & forth between a space party and a shark party. Then he told me he wanted a sharks in space party. Well, I am not THAT creative. Thankfully my friend brought me back a fabulous party edition of Donna Hay's magazine and it had fabulous ideas for a space party and when I showed it to him it completely won him over. The project I thought was down right genius was the home made jet packs and I just had to share them with you!
{Warning: once kiddos put these on there is NO keeping them still, blast off will take place immediately}
What you will need:
Two Large water bottles
Mirror Board (as if I could EVER find something like that here, so I just used refelctive wrapping paper)
Long strips of Yellow tissue paper
Medium strips of Red Tissue paper
Short strips of Orange tissue paper
Gaffer Tape
Elastic (not shown)
Glue (sponge brush is helpful)
Take your mirror board or reflective paper and cut it so it is a little wider then your bottle and nice and long
Paint glue all around the bottle except for the slanted part leading up to the mouth of the bottle.
Roll the paper up around the bottle.
Paint the bottom edge with glue
Finish rolling up your bottle and make sure the flap is nice and secure
Cut a LONG strip of gaffer tape and lay it on the table sticky side up
Take your long strips of yellow crepe paper or tissue paper and stick strips one after the other onto the tape
Follow this by the red and then end with the orange. Start and stop the paper about an inch from each end so that the tape can connect with the bottle and seal itself on the end
Now you are going to wrap the gaffer tape around the mouth of the bottle by rolling it. (Make sure not to catch the tape on your reflective paper)
One down one more to go! Repeat the process on your second water bottle.
Once you have completed both we are going to stick them together. If you have double sided tape that would work great. I rolled up a piece of gaffer tape and stuck it in between the two jets.
I then reinforced it with some tape on top. I didn't want to be fixing jets all night at the party :)
Now for the final touch cut two longer lengths of thin elastic. Tape them securely to the bottle.
Now show your little spaceman and watch their eyes totally light up.
Finn actually shrieked and then immediately started running and saying "shhhhhhewwwww!"
When I begged him to hold still just for a second he gave me this sweet pouty face.
It really is just rude of me to ask someone with a jet pack to hold still! Sawyer loved his as well but wasn't quiet as grumpy when I asked him to stop
But the second he heard click he was off again:
I am excited to share some of the other fun stuff we did for his party!


  1. that's an AWESOME craft to do for boys! I mean, girls would love it too, I know mine would, but there's just not as many things to make for boys that make them shriek in delight.

  2. He looks so cool in that!My son would love it too!!Thank you for sharing it....:)

  3. Cool, cool ,cool, great idea for boys!

  4. sooooo adorable! I'm totally doing this just for the heck of it.

  5. Oh my goodness these are so cool! My boys would love these! I am bookmarking this.

  6. Wow! Love this! I've been looking for some good pretend play pieces for my boys and this one is great! I'll probably make one right away.

  7. THAT is so stinkin' cute!!

    Looking forward to seeing what you made for Crafting with the Stars! I turned my project in today (biting nails) and am looking forward to seeing everyone's knock offs :) Good luck!

  8. Wow! What a great idea! My little man is 4 soon and is mad about Buzz and rockets and wants a space party too! I might just have to make some jet packs! Thanks so much for the inspiration! :o)

  9. You NEVER fail to amaze me - what a cool idea. I always struggle with boy ideas - this is great!!

  10. This makes me laugh! What a darling little guy.

  11. Oh my goodness, this is great! Can't wait to give it a try, thanks. :)

  12. This is brilliant. I'm doing this for sure this weekend. Thank you for sharing! Found your blog because someone pinned this on pinterest.

  13. Fantastic job! They turned out incredibly cool.

    I love Donna Hay, don't you?

  14. I just love this! It's so much fun!

  15. Too cute! We're thinking of a space party and I was thinking of jet pack back packs as the favor. These are very cool!

  16. OMG I am totally in love with this! I wish I had seen this when my boys were still little!

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like!

  17. I just found your blog trough the picture in Pinterest. YOU are so AWESOME! I will have to turn into a cool mom and make this :)

  18. I found your picture on Pintrest, and LOVE it! It cracked up because my four year old wanted a jet pack as a birthday present earlier this year. Random, right? Man, I wish I'd seen this how-to then.

  19. Without a doubt, this is the coolest thing I've ever seen for kids!!!!! My kids will LOVE it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


  20. hi! I linked your post on my blog

    Love the project. Did it with my own kids yesterday. Found you on Pinterest.

  21. So I don't have kids yet, but some friends of ours have 5, two are twin 4 year old boys. Made two of these for them today while I watched them and they went crazy for their "jet packs"!! Thank you for sharing!

  22. I am a mom and school teacher in a resource classroom. My mom sent me this link and I am supper excited to use this idea to teach how to follow directions. (I have a student who has trouble touching his nose then touching his toes...)I also will be teacher how to count to 30, groups of 10, and getting past that darn #13! (10 red, 10 yellow, 10 orange)And one last lesson on counting backwards, 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 BLASTOFF!! Thanks so much for posting the photos of each task. The kids can view them on the big screen of our promethean board. This is going to be a great lesson. I can't wait!

  23. I have a Finn, too! Who also loves all things that go, especially spaceships. Funny that your other boy is Sawyer, if we had had another boy, that was our top choice. Instead we had an Evelyn. : ) Found your blog when I followed a link on pinterest. I love this idea - thanks for the great tutorial!


  25. Mine did not turn out so great :( But I did post it and linked back to you. Thanks for inspiring :)

  26. Thank you, this is so great!
    This will be the perfect project for my pupils in May when there's just a few schoolweeks left before the summer holiday.
    I'm using pinterest to find the way back to all those great ideas I stumble upon, so I hope it's ok that I'm pinning this.

  27. Great idea! Thanks for Sharing! SMiles, Jill

  28. How wonderful!! Thank you so much for the awesome idea!

  29. That's a great idea! Thank you for sharing your clear & easy understanding tutorial!
    Have a nice day,

  30. Thank you for sharing such a simple tutorial! My space boy had a space theme party in sch today...and this was really helpful! You can check out photos here-->
    Have a good one!

  31. I've just found you. This is positively adorable!!!!! Oh, how cute! We are definteily going to do this! G

  32. I liked your creativity and the work you have done. I also want to share some venues for parties. They offer special arrangements for babies also. I wish you will like these venues. venue space nyc


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