Friday, 2 October 2015

Making a shoebox jetpack: a creative, upcycling idea for kids

Making a shoebox jetpack: a creative, upcycling idea for kids, craft, create
A couple of weeks ago Magoo asked if we could make a jetpack. I've got used to these kinds of requests since becoming a Mum. I knew we had an old shoebox waiting to go out in the recycling & thought the lid would make a good cardboard jetpack.
We grabbed our craft materials and Magoo set to work decorating the lid of the shoebox.
gluing, sticking, cutting, crafting with kids
You can never have too many glittery stars on a rocket backpack can you?
We also covered the top of the shoebox lid with paper to create a surface for Magoo to draw her control buttons onto.
drawing controls onto the shoebox jetpack
I knew we had some yellow and orange netting from a previous crafty project where were had made Easter bonnets back in April. So we reused our upcycled netting from our local Children's Scraptsore to make the jet flames
upcycled neon netting from children's scrapstore weston-super-mare
rocket boosters made with upcycled netting from children's scrapstore
We also used the netting to make arm straps so that Magoo could wear the jetpack on her back.
So after cutting, sticking and gluing an unwanted shoebox lid, the jetpack was finished and ready to play with...
Making a shoebox jetpack: a creative, upcycling idea for kids
Once all the decorating had been completed Magoo was desperate to try it on. She decided that a jetpack would definitely help her to ride faster on her bike...which I think it may well have done :)
handmade rocket booster makes you ride your bike faster
All you need to make this backpack is a shoebox lid (or maybe a cereal box), some thin netting or ribbon, glittery stars or stickers, glue, scissors and lots of imagination...
This week I am linking up with:
Whatever the Weather over on www.lifeunexpected.co.uk and Monkey and Mouse.
Country Kids over on the www.coombemill.com blog.

I'm linking up with #Trash2Treasure also on the www.coombemill.com blog.

Trash 2 Treasure

7 comments:

Jenny Eaves said...

I loooove this! How creative is that jetpack. I'm sure it helped her go faster on her bike and it looks very cool too! I love the idea of a children's scrap store too, I wish we had something similar here, we would use it a lot for all our bits and pieces of crafts.
Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

Chloe Ciliberto said...

THIS IS AMAZING! What a creative idea and a great up cycling activity. I think Coombe Mill do a 'trash to treasure' linky. You should definitely link this to there as well if you haven't already. It's genius! What a fun thing to make together. Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather x

Me, You and Magoo said...

I can't recommend the children's scrapstore highly enough, it's one of our favourite places. If you look on www.scrapstoresuk.org you can look for ones near you, there may be one in your area Jenny :) I'm heading over to #trashtotreasure today Chloe...just waiting for the new October linky to open!

Coombe Mill said...

I love how you have transformed this box, definitiely one I'm pinning for a future Activity hour, we may have to work on the rocket to go with it. A lovely idea that clearly sparked an afternoon of play following the creating. A wonderful #CountryKids and #Trash2Treasure post, thank you for joining me.

Erin Vincent said...

This is such an adorable idea!!!! My son would love to make and wear one of these. Thanks so much for sharing!

Sara Murray said...

What a great project, and I love that it helped her go faster on her bike :) Great fun! #countrykids

Louise said...

That shoebox jetpack looks amazing - I love the use of the orange and yellow netting and the stars on the jetpack itself. What a brilliant idea :-)

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