DIY Fire Hose Backpack

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By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

DIY Fireman Hose Backpack Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

My son has been really into all things fireman related lately and loves finding household items to use as a pretend fire house to extinguish pretend fires.  I’m not big into buying toys so I created this fireman hose backpack for him to pretend with.

2-fire hose backpack supplies

For this project, I picked up a jump rope from a dollar bin and used a mini backpack I already had on hand.  I also used various colors of craft paint.

3-painting backpack white

4-spray painting jump rope black

5-hanging the jump rope to dry

6-spraying the handles silver

7-painting the backpack red and gold

7.5-correcting paint with black sharpie

I started by painting the backpack white to give myself a blank canvas to work with.  Then I spray painted the jump rope black to create a fire hose and gave the handles a coat of silver.  I created the look of two water canisters with my paints.  After it dried completely, I went back in with a black Sharpie for touch ups.

8-tyining a knot in the jumprope

DIY Fire Hose Backpack - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I cut two holes into the backpack, cut the jump rope in half, threaded each end through a hole, and secured the “hose” with a knot.  Not only is the backpack great for play, it makes a great accessory for a Halloween fireman costume!

Fire Hose Backpack - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

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About Jennifer

Jennifer will be sharing DIY projects, home decor ideas, and other budget friendly inspiration to help transform your house into an authentic home. Jennifer lives in San Diego with her military husband and their toddler son—so you can expect some kid friendly crafts, too! She believes you don’t need the biggest budget or the largest space to start creating a home true to its inhabitants. Her favorite crafts are adapting off-the-shelf items into affordable projects. Catch up with Jennifer at her blog born from decorating paralysis, Brave New Home.

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