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Pop Bottle Boats

Turn recycled plastic soda bottles into floating toy boats in this hands-on artmaking project inspired by He Xiangyu’s Cola Project.


  • Plastic bottles
  • Wooden dowels or sticks
  • Large envelope or plastic bag
  • Glue, tape, scissors

Artist and museum educator Erik L. Peterson brings the fun and innovative hands-on artmaking of the Smart Museum’s monthly family days into your home in a series of instructional videos. The projects are inspired by the art and artists in the exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, and, where possible, make use of materials and tools that you might already have around home or in your recycling bin.