DIY Soda Bottle Boat: Perfect Activity For Kids Outdoor Parties!

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Soda Bottle Boat Kids Party Activity - Must Have Mom

We love Summer because it means we get to entertain and be outdoors! Outdoor parties offer up the perfect opportunity for us to have our friends and their children over for a BBQ and play date. I’ve long been a fan of Dr Pepper and thinking back to my childhood I always remember having a “pop fridge” in the basement that was full of Dr Pepper. Up here in Minnesota we don’t call it soda, it’s pop! We would hang outside all day running in and out to the pop fridge to grab pops for everyone. Perhaps that is where my love of Dr Pepper began. These soda bottle boats are fun to make and fun to play with in the water afterwards! Gather up the empty Dr Pepper bottles and upcycle them into something fun! It’s inexpensive and entertaining for the kids.

Soda Bottle Boat Supply List - Must Have Mom #BackyardBash #CollectiveBias


  • Empty soda bottles
  • Sheets of craft foam
  • Glue or duct tape
  • Skewers
  • Cardboard to make a sail
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Foam stickers to decorate the boat with

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We picked up a bunch of Dr Pepper products at Walmart. The pop bottles we used for the boats are circled above. You could also make them with 2 liter bottles and just use a larger piece of foam. We cut up the cardboard boxes from the cans of Dr Pepper for the sails.

Soda Bottle Boat Step 1 - Must Have Mom

First use a single piece of duct tape and wrap it around the soda bottles, lining them up. Wrap the tape the entire way around.

Soda Bottle Boat Step 2 - Must Have Mom

Then cut a piece of craft foam to 6 1/4″ x 9 1/2″. Roll duct tape on the back as shown in the picture or you can use glue but for the sake of not having to wait for it to dry, we used tape.

Soda Bottle Boat Step 3 - Must Have Mom

Place the foam over the bottles lining up each side to come down to cover the sides as shown.Soda Bottle Boat Step 4 - Must Have Mom

Next you are going to make the flag. We used a square piece of cardboard off the Dr Pepper box. Then tape the skewer to the back so it looks like the above picture. You can let the kids decorate their sail too!

 Soda Bottle Boat Craft - Must Have Mom

Then poke the skewer through the middle of the boat. It will poke through the duct tape which helps to hold it in place and keep it stable.

Dr Pepper Boat Craft - Must Have Mom

Last, let the kids decorate their boats and then bring them to the water to try them out!

This is the perfect activity for your next backyard bash! Not only did the kids have a ton of fun making these, but they also re-used bottles in order to do it!

What is your favorite outdoor party activity?

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  1. Cute! My son would love to make these – I like how the kids can decorate it however they like. Such a great way to reuse Dr Pepper bottles.

  2. That looks like such a fun and easy craft to do with the kids on a summer day. Thanks for sharing.

  3. My favorite outdoor party activity is a pinata. I love doing things to celebrate my husband’s hertitage

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