Make an Easy Parachute Person Toy with Coffee Filters

Conquer the Skies with DIY Parachute Guy!

Have you ever picked up a parachute toy for your kid at the dollar store…and it turned out to be a total failure? No matter how hard your kid tries or how many times he tosses it into the air…it refuses to open up and instead plummets to the ground in a pitiful tangle plastic and string?

Not any more!

parachute craft made with a coffee filter

I’ve got the answer for you: make your OWN parachute toy They’re really simple to make and a joy to watch as they glide to Earth.

Not to mention, but parachute toys are a fun way to learn some basic STEM skills as your kid learns about gravity — and how to defy it!

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My First Parachute Toy: Daredevil Skydiver, 1977

fisher price parachute toy

When I was a kid, I had the best parachute man ever: a Fisher-Price Adventure People “Daredevil Skydiver” parachute man, circa 1977.

He was a full sized action figure with a nylon chute, plastic harness and Evel Knievel inspired jumpsuit with star spangled bell bottom pants. You needed a freakin’ slingshot to get him up high enough…but his red, white and blue chute ALWAYS opened.

Naturally, I was disappointed when I tried to find modern parachute dudes for my boys. I still have my Daredevil Skydiver, but he’s getting kinda old and his head always tips down like he’s staring at his toes.

All we could find at the store are cheap hunks of flimsy plastic, with tissue thin chutes your have to string up yourself. Good luck with that! You might get one decent throw before these cheapo toys turn into tangled junk.

How to make a Kid’s Parachute Toy!

parachute man coffee filter fuzzy stick

Our do-it-yourself version is made from items you probably already have in your kitchen or craft stash.

Because we’re using a coffee filter, we’re going to make a very light weight “action figure” from fuzzy sticks. Daredevil needed a 27-inch wide chute to support his “massive” action figure weight.

He (or she) is made from two pipe cleaners (aka fuzzy sticks or chenille sticks) and a coffee filter. Boom.

parachute guy made from yellow fuzzy stick

Click over to Youtube to watch me build a parachute guy in regular speed.

Parachute Guy

DIY Coffee Filter Parachute Toy

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Make an easy STEM worthy parachute toy with your kids.

Materials

  • Coffee Filter
  • Fuzzy Sticks
  • Markers (optional)

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. First, you'll make a stick person from ONE fuzzy stick. Twist a loop in the middle for his head, bend back both ends for the arms, twist those ends together for the torso, then what's left is legs. Feel free to bend up the very end for feet.how to make a pipe cleaner stickman steps
  2. Take a second pipe cleaner and poke one end through the edge of a coffee filter. Fold over once to secure. Take the free end and run through the "hands" of the stick figure (his arms are loops). Connect the free end to the coffee filter and bend up.how to make a parachute from a coffee filter
  3. If you want to get fancy, you could decorate the filter with markers, but plain white works well too.

Notes

Take the parachute guy someplace high, like a playhouse, second floor deck, balcony or to your local park jungle gym. Gently release the toy and let it float to the ground.

Click over to Youtube to watch me build a parachute guy in regular speed.

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Ta da! A coffee filter parachute guy! If you want to get fancy, you could decorate the filter with markers, but plain white works well too. Take the parachute guy someplace high, like a playhouse, second floor deck, balcony or to your local park jungle gym.

parachute coffee filter action figure

You just have to release him and he’ll float down to the ground gently! Remember to leave the parachute open–unlike fabric or plastic chutes, you don’t want to ball this guy up and toss into the air.

parachute fuzzy stick coffee filter craft

We tried out our parachute guy in the backyard and he floated gently to the ground–every time!

Whew! That was fun! Ready to make a catapult now? We’ve got just the thing…