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HOW TO: DIY Recycled Parachute for Lego Mini Figures

Posted By Jennie Lyon On April 27, 2011 @ 12:12 pm In craft,diy kids crafts,eco play,green kids,green toys,how-to | No Comments

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What you will need to make 4 parachute guys

- 2 plastic bags
- 4 Lego mini figures
- eco-friendly packing tape
- hole punch
- twine or string
- scissors
- tape measure
- 4 buttons

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Step 1

Ask your child to find the most colorful pieces of plastic bags from the recycling bin. Have them measure a 10″ x 10″ square on each piece. You can use the front and back of two plastic bags to make four parachutes.

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Step 2

When you’re done, you should have four squares that are all 10″ x 10″.

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Step 3

Use eco-friendly packing tape to add a layer of tape to each of the four corners of each parachute. This will allow you to easily punch through the plastic with a hole punch and will ensure that the parachute doesn’t rip apart after your child launches it.

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Step 4

Punch a hole in each of the four corners on all of the parachutes.

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Step 5

Have your child measure and cut (if they are old enough) four 24″ pieces of twine for each of the parachutes.

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Step 6

Secure each end of the twine with a double-knot to each of the four corners of the parachute.

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Step 7

Thread each of the four pieces of twine through the hole on a button. There should be one piece of twine to each button hole.

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Step 8

Measure approximately 6″ down the twine, tie a knot, right below the button.

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Step 9

Right below the button, secure your Lego mini figure. We separated the twine into two equal pieces and tied the twine in a double knot around the mini figure’s waist.

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Step 10

Cut off the excess twine, and carefully roll the parachute closed, leaving the Lego mini figure on the outside.

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Step 11

Find a safe high spot to launch your parachute Lego mini figures. We jumped over to my son’s grandparents house (they live in a condo) and launched them from the fourth and fifth floors.

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Step 12

Watch your child cheer for their parachute Lego mini figure during the launch.

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Step 13

Watch our for that tree! Make sure to launch your parachute Lego mini figures away from trees. Luckily, we were able to rescue this guy!


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