How to Make a Boat Out of a Bottle

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Making a boat out of a bottle is a great idea for recycling and fun for kids. While perhaps the boat would not say say as much as the Plastiki -- the sailboat made out of 12,500 plastic bottles that journeyed from San Francisco to Sydney -- about recycling, it is a great way to introduce the topic to children. The process requires at most five minutes for an adult, and about 15 minutes for kids to do it with adult supervision.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bottle
  • Sand
  • Box knife
  • Disposable chopsticks
  • Tape
  • Colored paper
  • Thread
  • Fill the bottle 1/6 of the way with sand, then rest it on its side. The sand will help stabilize the boat and the mast.

  • Drill a hole at the top side of the bottle with the box knife, about 1/3 the way from the back end of the bottle and centered. The hole should be roughly the size of the diameter of the disposable chopsticks.

  • Cut off the flat end of the chopsticks with the box kife. Stick one of the chopsticks down through the hole and into the sand. Cut the other stick in half and tape it to the mast horizontally, sticking out the front. Use the knife to make a small indent 1/4 inch from the tip of the stick. Tie the thread around the notch, unscrew the bottle cap, insert the thread, and screw the cap back on. This will hold the mast in place.

  • Make a small indentation 1/4 inch from the tip of the stick with the knife. Tie the thread around the notch, unscrew the bottle cap, insert the thread, and screw the cap back on. This will hold the mast in place.

  • Cut the paper into a triangle with the height the distance from the intersection of the two chopsticks and the top of the mast and the width the distance of the second stick. Tape the paper on to the chopsticks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint the bottle according to your style.
  • Stuff the bottle to the brim with cotton after adding the sand if you wish to make your boat even more stable.
  • Do not add too much sand. The boat may sink.

References

  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
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