Introduction: Pepsi Perfect Bottle – Back to the Future 2

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The Pepsi Perfect bottle in Back to the Future 2 is one of the most iconic props ever and the Official Pepsi Perfect bottles can be hundreds of dollars online and aren't movie accurate. I'll show you has you can make your own that's more accurate at a fraction of the cost.

Step 1: Research

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A good reference photo for the project.

Step 2: Buy the Materials

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– Deep Blue
– Silver
– Clear Gloss

Curved Bottle:
I used a 30.4 ounce Core Natural water bottle. It's about 12 inches tall, so it's a little larger than the prop used in the movie, but the smaller bottle Core sells looks really fat compared to the larger one. I bought mine at a local grocery store for $2 a piece. If you can't find them locally, Amazon sells a 12 pack for $35.

– Cardstock Paper
– Masking Tape
– Spray Adhesive
– 2 liter Pepsi (I used 'Pepsi-Cola Made With Real Sugar' because that's what Pepsi has used in their Limited Edition release)

Core Natural on Amazon:

Step 3: Paint the Top of the Bottle

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– First you'll want to remove the water (obviously...) Drink it if you'd like, but I think this water tastes awful so I just dumped it.

– You'll need to remove the blue cap on the Core Natural water bottle. This is really simple, just tighten the cap and pull up on the cap.

– The prop in the movie has a small strip of silver between the cap and the rest of the bottle. I found that applying the masking tape in small strips is much easier than trying to line up one large strip. Be sure to but some paper over the exposed plastic to avoid overspray. Apply a few coats of paint and let it dry for about an hour.

Step 4: Labels

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– Take the Pepsi Perfect Logo image I've added and add it to Microsoft Word, Apple Pages or whatever you prefer and size the image to 2.5" x 2.5" (or something really close to that. You can try printing different logo sizes to see what you like, 2.5" x 2.5" worked best for me. Then print on cardstock paper.

– After cutting out the logo add a few layers of clear gloss. This will give the logo a nice sheen to the logo.

– After you let the clear gloss dry it's time to add the logos to the bottles. The logos will be pretty stiff from the clear gloss so you will need to bend the paper so it fits agains the bottle. Be careful not to crease the logo!

– Now it's time to glue the logo to the bottle. I like to use spray adhesive since it sticks forever. Adding the logo with spray adhesive can be finicky, follow the directions on your spray adhesive, after putting the logo on the bottle you'll need to press down the logo to the bottle. I just pressed the entire bottle to my forearm.

Step 5: Paint the Cap

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– You'll want to do a few coats of blue paint both on the outside an inside of the cap to make sure the cap isn't translucent.

– Add the clear gloss to add some extra shine

– Then let it sit overnight, then reattach the cap to the bottle (this might take some force).

Step 6: Add Pepsi to the Bottle

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– Pretty self explanatory... I liked using a funnel.

Step 7: Add to Your Shelf and Enjoy!


AlmightyOutcast83 (author)2015-12-14

Had a lot of fun making this! I used the smaller bottle, I also created some extra labels for the back and bottom

Where did you get the silver pepsi perfect logo and extra labels ?? Also do they the bottles at local walmart ??

How did you make the back and bottom stickers?

Rockowallaby04 (author)2016-03-12

BTTF2 just started

vinnietee (author)2016-03-09

the Pepsi the background WHITE or a light GRAY?

DanielY12 (author)2015-11-29

Just something to note, looking at the movie the logo should be a little higher. :)

Sheeple95 (author)DanielY122015-11-29

That's been fixed in my newer ones. :D

DanielY12 (author)2015-11-27

dam, I got the slightly shorter core

PedroM11 (author)2015-11-15

Perfect looking!

Sheeple95 (author)PedroM112015-11-15

No pun intended right? :D

ravenclaw_geek226 (author)2015-11-15

Is it safe to drink from and wash?

If you take special precautions to cover the cap opening while painting it would be safe, but you would have to hand wash it. A dish washer could destroy the logo and paint

grenade44 (author)2015-11-14

hi, great little project, im in America for a couple of days and was hoping get a couple of bottle, any idea where I can find these?

Sheeple95 (author)grenade442015-11-14

I've been told you can get them at Kroger. Try major grocery store chains and you'll most likely find them

GreenMangone (author)2015-10-28

I don't have a clue where I could find one of these around here! Is there anyway I could get you to pic one or two up for me and send them to me? I would pay you for them and shipping plus some extra from the effort! you could dump the "water" out before hand too to make shipping cheaper.
either way, thanks for the great write up!

Sheeple95 (author)GreenMangone2015-10-28

You should be able to find it at any local grocery store, it's also available on Amazon.

GreenMangone (author)Sheeple952015-11-08

I happen to be near a Kroger today and was able to stop. had to ask because it was on the nutritional isle and not with the rest of the waters but I got the very last one they had! and for some reason I got it on sale and it was only $1!

WayneS18 (author)GreenMangone2015-10-28

Found core water at Kroger today $1.67 for the 30.4 oz

gavinh6 (author)2015-11-03

Awsome job I wonder if I could use a sodastream to pressurive it like the real thing

Sheeple95 (author)gavinh62015-11-03

That would be dialing the accuracy dial to 11!

gavinh6 (author)Sheeple952015-11-03

Also is it safe to drink with the paint on the cap, I'm thinking of making this and sealing them at my local flea market for 5 bucks a piece.

Sheeple95 (author)gavinh62015-11-03

If you take precautions I'm sure it would be safe. I'd recommend covering the opening with masking tape while painting.

AlbertR16 (author)2015-11-03

Nice! After the dissapointment that was trying to get one from Pepsi I might just try and do this myself.

It would be my first project too.

Question....have you also found a way to make the plastic covering that the Pepsi Perfect comes in?

Sheeple95 (author)AlbertR162015-11-03

I personally don't have any plans of making the covering, but I bet it could be done with a clear styrene sheet if it's bendable enough.

The Scotermelon (author)2015-10-31

This is so cool! Great job!

cgallo19 (author)2015-10-29

Great Job !!!

One question, about how wide is the silver strip at the top of the bottle ?

Sheeple95 (author)cgallo192015-10-29

I did it by eye so I don't have a specific measurement, but mine is around 4 - 5 mm.

KamenRiderfan2 (author)2015-10-28

i Love it

askjerry (author)2015-10-27

I looked up the bottles on eBay... you know... I thought... perhaps I'll buy a six-pack just for nostalgia's sake... they want anywhere from $95 to $300 for a bottle. Are people insane or what? So because of that... I must tip my hat to you and give you the two-thumbs up on this instructable!

Sheeple95 (author)askjerry2015-10-27

I was lucky enough to get one on Amazon when they were released and it looks almost nothing like the one used in the movie!

jholsinger (author)2015-10-27

this fool thing was suppose to be $20.15 < you know because that's the year

one.relic (author)2015-10-27

My only suggestion would've been to find a blue paint that matches your printed logo before painting the cap. It's close enough, but a hardcore fan would notice the differences. Great job on sourcing the bottle though, it's probably one of the closest you can find without custom making one.

Sheeple95 made it! (author)one.relic2015-10-27

I've been doing some work on it over the past few days. I did change the paint on the cap to a metallic cobalt blue. I've also changed the logo from a cardstock to a reflective silver poster board (I think it's poster board). It's looking way cooler!

one.relic (author)Sheeple952015-10-27

Very nice! I definitely like the look of this iteration of the bottle.

Jujitsu-Man (author)2015-10-27

Good job finding the base materials and doing the conversion! Looks really nice, I wouldn't have noticed any difference if I haven't had the film frame and your prop side to side. Good luck in the contest!

Jedi_zombie85 (author)2015-10-25


nnygamer (author)2015-10-24

Much cheaper than buying the one offered by pepsi ($20.15) and you can reuse this version!

Sheeple95 (author)nnygamer2015-10-24

I have that one too! But the logo is wrong, and it's missing the silver strip between the cap and logo. Which is why I made this one!

GLaDOS_ (author)2015-10-24

ThIS iS CoOl

Qleffingwell (author)2015-10-24

"Rich people water" cool project!

lj1vukoder (author)2015-10-24

Nice! This takes me the future!

MEG4NTRON (author)2015-10-24

I had been looking for a similar shaped bottle for so long to no avail. Thank you so much for this!

NathanSellers (author)2015-10-24

Great job. this turned out well.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-10-24

Great prop replica! Perfect for 2015

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