CMA Stories

How-To: Floating Houses with Ishizaka Group

From September 2018 – August 2019, CMA is teaming up with civically engaged kids all over the world in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. We’re calling it CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make A Difference. In the first two months, we’ve partnered with Ishizaka Group, a global leader in managing waste. Located in Japan, this women-led company has joined forces with their local community to meet an incredible recycling rate of 97% at their innovative state-of-the-art plant.

Check out Ishizaka Group doing the September Megaphone project last month:

For Ishizaka, we’ve partnered in a special October project: The Floating House. The Floating House project promotes creative problem solving on issues that will affect our future. How can you use art to solve problems?

Make your own Floating House, and share your projects with #CMACIVICKIDS!

What you’ll need:

  • Armature Wire
  • Cardboard Pieces
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Masking Tape
  • Packing Peanuts or Foam Pieces
  • Scissors


1. Cut out four pieces of square cardboard (if you would like to create a slanted roof, you will need to cut the pieces in a similar fashion to those shown here.) Line up the cardboard pieces and tape them together to make four walls.

2. Turn the taped together pieces over and glue small peeled cardboard pieces to it in order to create doors and windows.

3. Fold the taped together pieces to make a square and tape the ends together, from the inside, to secure the shape.

4. Cut two pieces of armature wire that are the same length, then bend each one into an L-shape with equal length sides. Tape them to the bottom of another piece of cardboard as shown.

5. Bend the remaining armature wire upwards into a right angle like the legs of a table.

6. Add foam pieces or packing peanuts to the bottom of each piece of wire by piercing the wires into the pieces.

7. Add a roof to your structure. Then, test it out in a bucket of water or the bathtub to see if it floats!

This CIVICKIDS project is sponsored by Google.


  • CMA extends a huge thank you to our friends at the Hudson Park Library. We're proud to partner with our local NYPL branch, who regularly offer free family programming— like their recent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Halloween… Read more

  • Grab some friends for this fun, silly drawing game! Created by Surrealist artists, this is an easy, social way to get creative with no drawing experience necessary. Try it out at home, at school, or… Read more

  • On the other side of Manhattan, directly east of CMA, you'll find Sixth Street Community Center. Alongside their after school programming in the arts, mindfulness, creative writing, social justice and cooking, they've partnered with Fifth… Read more

Sign up to get updates and special invitations