Woven Boat From Plastic Bottles

Last summer in Greece, I was a part of a project where our aim was to produce a boat made out of plastic bottles. Sounds hard or impossible? Well, it was interesting and challenging indeed, but we've proved it was possible!

Step 1: Step 1: Making Strips From Plastic Bottles

We used a shredding mechanism to turn plastic bottles into strips, about 2 metres long.

You can view the process here:


Step 2: Step 2: Making a Loom

We produced a simple wooden loom, where the plastic strips were connected to the strings by tying them up.

Step 3: Step 3: Weaving Plastic

Criss-cross! We used the weaving method to produce plastic surfaces of about 30cm x 200 cm.

Step 4: Step 4: Putting the Sheets of Plastic to the Mold

We shaped the plastic sheets according to a mold for an optimist boat. Then, we added an additional layer of liquid polyester.

Step 5: Our Final Product!

We have managed to produce a sailing optimist boat! You can see a video of the process here.

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    4 days ago

    This looks like a fun build! I would love to see more of your documentation in this Instructable. Did you use any epoxy in your woven plastic? I'm not entirely certian what liquid polyester is :D

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    Reply 4 days ago

    Thank you for your comment! :) It was very fun indeed. I'll add some more photos along with details for building. :)
    We didn't use epoxy. Polyester is also a type of resin, we used it to "secure" the sheets of plastic and make it entirely identical to the mold of the boat... I have also worked with this material for the first time here, it's very gooey and thick, like liquid laundry detergent. We mixed it with water.