A young Illinois boy just got added to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Eric Klabel of Naperville has been building objects with popsicle sticks and other recycled materials since 2015, and he was inspired to chase the world record after watching a Guinness World Records video highlighting other record holders.

Klabel built the 20.2-foot tower in segments measuring about 3 feet each. Klabel told Guinness -

To make the tower I had to build the same 3-feet-long vertical structure many times, which got very repetitive, though it was still very fun to see it getting taller and taller.

This isn't the first impressive popsicle structure he's made though. Get this, he's also made a motorized model car, a boat, a marble run and a functioning chair.

Imagine becoming a world record holder before you become a teenager? Pretty cool. Klabel told Guinness -

I felt accomplished and grateful when I became a Guinness World Records title holder. I was so happy that I was able to get to this point. My favorite thing about achieving the record was that I was able to be known for something I am passionate about.

Check out just how impressively this thing is made.

My favorite part is how much taller it is than him. It's a great life reminder that no matter your age or size, you can do BIG things in life.

His advice to aspiring popsicle builders is

Remember that popsicle sticks are just a bunch of wooden sticks, but when you put in the effort, assemble them in the right place, you can have something incredible.

So cool to see another Illinoisan in the record book.


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