Tomorrow is Halloween, and as usual, I am scrambling to get Piano Man’s PreVizsla costume ready. I thought about buying the inflatable jetpack on Amazon to coordinate with his costume, but the selling price for the quality didn’t add up. I opted to make one instead.
There are two color versions of Pre Vizsla’s jetpack. I thought about Piano Man’s costume, and the silver version seemed like the best choice to complement his look.
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Cutting Mat Board
Grossgrain or wide set ribbon (such as 2″ width)
Hot Glue Gun
Gray spray paint
Gray Card Stock Paper
Cardboard paper towel holder or other cylindrical tube
Silver glitter washi tape (Recollections at Michaels on clearance for $2.99)
Step 1. Build a jetpack base. You can cut it to any shape you like. I chose to imitate Pre Vizsla’s design.
Using a flattened box, I sandwiched jetpack straps (grosgrain ribbon) to the jetpack base, thus hiding the strap ends. See Step 7 for more photos.
Step 2. Make two trapezoidal pieces.
This will be your jets. I cut one large rectangular piece. You’ll need to score two cuts to make a trapezoidal shape. You’ll also need to score two more vertical lines to attach the jets to the base.
Use Aleene’s Tacky Glue to attach jetpacks to base.
Step 3. Glue cylindrical tube to center of base.
Step 4. Head outside to spray paint your jetpack in a well ventilated area. You may need to make several light coats to ensure that the paint does not run down your jetpack.
Step 5. Once the jetpack is dry, use silver wash tape to create a striped design. To create a wide look, I taped three washi tape strips together. If you prefer, you can use a a ruler to make sure your strips match one another.
To cut into the more difficult areas, I used an X-ACTO knife.
Step 6. Make a cone shape that will cover the center top of the cylindrical tube. You can make it as ornate to emulate PreVizsla’s jetpack. (Due to time, I left the details out to capture the essence of the jetpack.)
Step 7. Sit jetpack on top of gray card stock paper. Mark the trapezoidal shape onto card stock. Cut with a slight hemline, so that you can attach the piece in open jet pack area. You will need to do this four times.
Step 8. Make two more cone shapes and place it on the bottom of jetpack tubes.
Step 9. Use pencil and ruler to mark four slits for jetpack straps.
Step 10. Cut appropriate length of ribbon to size. Once you have settled on length of straps, use a hot glue gun to carefully attach ribbon to jetpack. I used my ruler to smooth out the hot glue that is sandwiched between the cardboard and ribbon.
Step 11. Since my jetpack base was in two pieces, I was able to work with glue (using hot glue) to close the jetpack base. It hid the ribbon nicely and created thicker base, which is helpful for kids who like to role play in style.
Step 12. Voila! Project complete!
Check out the complete Star Wars PreVizsla costume and our cute little Linus in his costume. He’s so freakin’ cute, it’s hilarious!
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