Introduction: Water Bottle Raft

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Want to make an easy raft for your pool or even the beach? Well you can take the green way and make it from bottles!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Tools:

Blade

Materials:

Cardboard
Bottles
Wire
Tarp
Zip Ties
Big bags
Heavy duty tape (optional)
Seat (optional)

Step 2: Collecting the Bottles

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To get bottles you can ask your neighbors for their bottles when it's recycling day and often check your trash and recycling for bottles. When you go to a REC soccer league ask everyone for their bottles. In a week you should have about 200 litters worth.

Step 3: Shaping the Box

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You WILL need a BIG box! I used a box from a couch. Flatten the box then take a blade and cut it 2 feet from each edge but only half way so you can fold it easily. 

Step 4: Bagging the Bottles

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Take the amount of litters and divide it by four. Then count out that number in bottles then put them in the bags.  Then cut a hole through the box then zip tie the bags there.

Step 5: Wiring and Attaching Seat

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Fold the tarp over the cardboard then cut a hole through the the tarp and tie it to one end then pull it diagonally then to the side then diagonally then tie it again. If you want a seat a car seat works best and is easy to put in. To attach it cut holes in the cardboard and zip tie it to the cardboard.

Step 6: Have Fun!

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put it in your pool and measure people and then put 'em in and see how much it holds. surprisingly mine held 400 pounds until the cardboard ripped. So some advice is to put double the cardboard.

Comments

Rokko8652 (author)2010-08-10

Huh. Seems like a good idea for a cheap pool toy or emergency raft. Great idea!

masterminnich (author)Rokko86522010-08-22

Thanks!

canida (author)2010-07-21

That looks like fun!

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