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How to Make a Jet Pack Balloon
Here’s a fun balloon sculpture that will be a big hit with kids. It’s a jet pack that kids can strap onto their backs and pretend to fly around. Their arms go through the shoulder straps and there are even pretend flames coming from the bottom.
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I sometimes make balloons at my restaurant gigs and some kids were requesting “jet packs.” I figured that someone else at another venue in town was making these and creating demand for them. This is what I came up with.
This one is not difficult to learn and make but it does take time-most of it blowing up the numerous balloons and making adjustments along the way. Note that this balloon sculpture requires the use of larger 360 balloons - beyond the usual 260 balloons - to form the jet pack itself. You normally purchase 360-size balloons from dealers in quantities of 100 per bag.
Four 260 Balloons and one 360 balloon. You can use and customize any colors that you wish but will probably want one red, orange or yellow balloon for the “flames.” Also, I think it looks better if there are two balloons of the same color to make the shoulder straps.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Make the Jet Pack BodyInflate the 360 balloon almost to its end.
Find the center of the balloon and make a basic balloon twist.
Take the ends of the balloon at the nozzle and unused end and tie them together. This forms two “tanks” that make up the main jet pack.
You now have two tanks for your balloon jet pack.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Making the Frame for the Jet Pack Balloon
Inflate a 260 balloon and leave about three inches un-inflated at its end.
Make a basic balloon twist about two inches in length. This forms section one in the picture.
Wrap the balloon around the jet pack tanks and twist section one to enclose the “tanks” with a section of balloon. This forms section two - wrapping around the tanks - in the picture.
Make a basic balloon twist about three-inches in length. This forms section three in the picture.
Wrap the next balloon section around the tanks and then make an additional basic twist (section four) and attach it to section three to hold the frame together. You may have to experiment with this a bit to get it right.
It’s a little hard to explain, but here’s what I do. After making section three, I wrap the balloon around the tanks (forming section four) and make sure that there’s enough balloon to enclose the tanks. If necessary, I adjust the length of section three as needed to give me enough balloon to wrap the tanks and finish the frame.
You now have tanks for a jet pack and a frame to hold them.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Adding a Shoulder Strap to the Jet Back BalloonInflate a 260 balloon and leave about three inches uninflated at its end. Attach the nozzle end to the frame at the intersection of sections one and two (see prior step).
Estimate the length of the shoulder strap - you’ll probably require more than you think you will and it’s best to make the shoulder strap too large than too small. Of course, if you’re making the jet pack for a kid, the shoulder strap won’t have to be as long as it would if you were making the jet pack for an adult.
Make a balloon twist and attach the shoulder strap to the frame at the intersection of sections three and four.
You can leave the remaining end of the balloon if you wish. In the image, I have cut off the remaining balloon and discarded it to allow for a cleaner look.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Add the Second Shoulder Strap
Repeat what you did in the prior step to add the second shoulder strap.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Adding Flames to Your Jet PackHere you’ll be making what I have called a “balloon stick” in other balloon animals.
Inflate the fourth balloon almost to the end. Make a basic balloon twist at the center of the balloon.
Thread the balloon between the “tanks” at the bottom. Make sure that the basic twist from the “flame” balloon is resting at the intersection between the two tanks.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Working on the Flames for the Jet PackMake two pinch twists on both sides of the “flame” balloon where it meets the “tanks.” This is actually optional but I find that it stabilizes the “flame” and keeps it in place.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Finish the Flames for the Jet PackTwist the balloon segments together through their lengths to create a spiral design.
Twist the ends of the balloons with a basic twist to lock the full-length spiral/twist. The remaining ends should be about an inch.
You now have a jet pack balloon. Let the kids run wild.