Recycle Your Plastic Bottle - Make it into a Flamingo Figurine.
The Flamingo is a large wading bird, lives in shallow lakes, lagoons, mangrove swamps, and on sandy islands above the low tide mark. They are found in Africa, Asia, North America, Central America, South America, and Europe.
Their pink or reddish color comes from the algae, diatoms, and small crustaceans the birds eat. They also eat aquatic insects. Flamingos eat with their head upside down in the water, so they can suck water and food in with the front of their bill.
Flamingo's beak has lamella which functions like a sieve, it has the ability to select kinds of food it eats. Flamingos hold their breath when feeding.
Make your own flamingo Figurine.
Another way to recycle a plastic bottle is make it into a Flamingo figurine. Here are some steps how to make it.
Tools and Materials
Tools and materials needed are commonly available in our surroundings, so they are easy to prepare:
2 PET plastic bottles
Some white thin paper or tissue paper.
Water based paints, or color paper, or other attractive paper for covering the flamingo skin.
Brushes : medium size and small size.
You need to prepare 2 plastic bottles of the same sizes. In this project I used two of 600 ml-sized bottles.
From the First Bottle: Body -Legs-Tail.
Cut the first bottle using scissors at an area around 7 cm below the bottle mouth: the lower will part make the body base, legs, and tail. The upper part will be used as body figure (after the lid screw has been eliminated).
Cut the lower part of the bottle into 4 equal sections (Fig.2)
Roll three sections to make legs and the neck. Flamingo has twiggy like legs so make the legs around as big as your index fingers while the neck is bigger of around your middle finger size (fig 3).
Bend the neck downward then upward and place a head on top of it like fig. 4, while for the body you can put some crumpled paper on top of the body base (fig.4).
Top of the bottle you've cut which has round shape can also be used as the body and placed on the body base. Some paper is put in it as the weight and the hole can be patch with something with curved like eggshell I used in fig 5, as my principle is anything will do as long long as I can utilize wasted things and it makes something like I want.
Second bottle: Wings, head.
Flamingos have wader wings which enable them to glide and fly in long distance. We can make flamingo wings from the remain of plastic, look at Fig 6.
I found making head is rather intricate one. I looked back on a flamingo model again and again just to make sure that the head I made is similar to the real one.
I used some paper rolled and crumpled as the head and added the beak made from small curved plastic cut then glue it at the end of the neck (fig 7).
Flamingo has webbed feet which enable them to swim. You can make feet from carton . Three small sticks are glued to make every toe rigid and strong to support the whole body when it stands up (Fig 8).
Glue the feet to flamingo's legs and let the glue dry.
After you set all flamingo's body parts at places, the next step is cover up (paste) the whole body with thin white paper or tissue paper. The pasting will make every part of it sturdier and gives more attractive look when colored.
Pasting must be done patiently. Around three layers of tin paper or tissue paper are pasted on the whole body using diluted glue and it's done layer by layer, one layer after another has dried.
Color the flamingo with any color your like but if you want to make it like the ones living in nature then you can follow the color map of flamingo body below :
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