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Juice Bottle Jet Pack

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Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate to Advanced

Appropriate for:
Make Believe, Every Day and Rainy Day Activities

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics – measuring
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour, plus drying time for glue



Juice Bottle Jet Pack
by Katie Hacker

Materials Needed:
2 clear plastic gallon juice bottles
Duct tape: one plain, one patterned
Tissue paper: 1 orange, 1 red, 6 silver foil
Elmer’s® Glue-All®
Elmer’s® Classic Glitter Glue - Gold
Foam brush for glitter glue
Velcro®, if you want to make adjustable straps


  1. Stuff three sheets of foil tissue inside each of the bottles. (You might need to use a ruler to push the tissue inside the bottle.)
  2. Roll out your plain duct tape to about 30” long, fold it over and press it to itself to make a double-sided duct tape strap.
  3. Cover half to 2/3 of the strap with patterned duct tape.
  4. Lay the bottles side-by-side and then place the straps criss-cross over the bottles
  5. Use patterned tape to attach the X to the bottles, then wrap the tape around the bottles to fasten them together.
  6. For adjustable straps, attach Velcro® to the front of the straps where they meet. (Or, you can tape them together)
  7. Cut the orange and red tissue sheets in half.
  8. Place one orange on top of one red, fold them in half and glue the fold inside the opening on the bottle. Repeat for the other bottle.
  9. Tear a small strip of duct tape and wrap it around the bottle opening to hide the glue.
  10. Use a foam brush to spread a thin layer of glitter glue onto the orange tissue paper.

Another idea: If you leave the caps on the bottles and turn them right-side up (instead of pointing downward), this can be twin tank scuba gear.

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