How To Make Bobbing-Head Turtle from Plastic Bottle Wastes.

The turtle's  head wiggles if you touch it.
The turtle's head wiggles if you touch it.

Just imagine a turtle with a wiggling head. It wiggles to you when it's shaken or when breezes blow it, what an amusing view.

Picture 1: A clean, used plastic bottle.
Picture 1: A clean, used plastic bottle.
Picture 2.
Picture 2. | Source

Tools and materials needed for this project :

If you're interested in making it yourself, here are some things that you need to prepare.

Tools and material you need for this project :

1. A clean used plastic bottle.

2. A scissors

3. A cutter.

4. White thin paper.

5. PVC glue

6. Sellotape

7.some thread

The Procedures

How to prepare the body :

Cut the lower and the upper parts of the bottle around 5 cm from respective tips.

1. Cut the plastic bottle into three parts . Cut the lower and the upper parts of the bottle around 5 cm and 3 cm respectively. You'll use the middle part to be made the body of the turtle (picture 2).

2. Press the lower part and cut its edges to make it round like a turtle's bottom part. Then glue that part to preserve its shape (picture 3).

Picture 4: The leg cuts.
Picture 4: The leg cuts.
Picture 5: Body with the legs.
Picture 5: Body with the legs. | Source

3. Cut and make from the plastic remains 4 pieces of legs then stick them to the body like picture you see on picture 4 and 5.

4. Now you need to cover it with white thin paper. This covering will make the more sturdy like a turtle carapace and attractive when you color it. To do this part you only need to stick some layers of white thin paper with diluted pvc glue and let it dry.

After the paper dried don't forget to make two small holes on top, near the head cavity where you'll hang the head (Picture 6).

You can also draw some patterns for the color on the body/carapace but the coloring should be done later after you install the head in the cavity.

Picture 6: After being layered with thin paper. Look at the position of the holes where you'll hang the head.
Picture 6: After being layered with thin paper. Look at the position of the holes where you'll hang the head. | Source
Picture 7 : How to determine the balance of the turtle's head.
Picture 7 : How to determine the balance of the turtle's head. | Source
Picture 8: Now you can tie the thread at a location so that the head in balance.
Picture 8: Now you can tie the thread at a location so that the head in balance. | Source

How to make the wiggling head :

Fold some paper and make it like a finger with approximate size of 1/2 cm in diameter and 6 cm in length. Cover it with some layers of white thin paper glued with diluted pvc glue.

After it's dried, apply the color you like, put two eyes on both sides of the head and add a mouth on the facial part.

You need to put a hanging thread at a certain place on the neck so that it's in a balanced position. To determine the middle point of the balance in a simple way, you can put it on your forefinger and move it back or forward until you find the balance ( picture 7).

After you find the middle point of the head balance, you can tie a 10 cm-long thread at that location (picture 8).

Now the head is ready to be hung in the cavity.

To hang the head in the cavity you only need to insert the thread through the holes that you've made on the carapace and make a knot there. Before you make the knot, be sure that the head is already in good position by making some adjustments on the level so that the head hangs in the cavity properly and looks nice when it wiggles.

After you set the head and already hung in the cavity you can hide the knot b covering it with another layer of thin paper.

The final step is apply some colors and ornaments on the carapace to make your turtle attractive and more eyecatching.

Can we commercialize bobbing-head turtles ?

We often have questions in our minds: besides as educative as well as conservation activities, can we sell the crafts we have made from waste ?. I can answer it confidently Yes, we can !.

I have seen it myself bobbing-head turtles, cats and dogs are sold in many counters selling handy crafts in my cities. They offer unique and entertaining view and very enjoyable for everyone.

So, why don't we try this multi-benefit activity; making handy crafts from plastic wastes.

A turtle that  has a wiggling head upon touches and wind blows .
A turtle that has a wiggling head upon touches and wind blows . | Source

Would you please drop by on this poll ?

Are you interested in creating something useful or interesting from your wastes ?

  • Yes, I am concerned and try to make something useful from my wastes.
  • No, I am not. It's not my cup of tea.
  • I only do it occasionally; only if I have ideas what to do with those wastes.
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Comments 21 comments

reinasli 4 years ago

It is really a creative idea. I am going to try it out.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you reinalsi, you're encouraged to try it. It's worth trying since it gives very good results for your creativity as well as for nature.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Cool idea! Fun project to do with kids this summer. I love to recycle.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

@tirelesstraveler: Thank you for you dropping by and commenting. Yes, it's a fun activity for everyone.


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ladyfountain1 4 years ago

agusfanani great post. I love the picture of the turtle and you are very creative. I actually used a plastic water jug for the first time to make a vase for my flowers. Normally I would toss it in the recycling bin, but now have something new to try. Thanks.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

@ladyfountain1: Thank you very much for your comments, you can try to make it using other kinds of plastic bottles too.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are so creative! I like the idea that you are recycling things in such a creative manner. This could be a great boy scout/girl scout project or one for kids in school. Thanks. Voted up and useful.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Peggy W: Thank you for your appreciation in this recycling idea I found many creative people and sources also gave me inspiration so that I have more perspective in my recycling activities including this project.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I never knew plastic bottle could be made into wonderful piece of art. Thanks for this wonderful lesson.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Vinaya Ghimire: Thank you for coming by and giving comments. Yes, there are more and more creations we can make from plastic bottles so that they have more values than just polluting bottles.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow, those are amazing. Some people here do business selling crafts like these. Amazing and very beautiful.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

@unknown spy: Thank you for your kindness visiting my hubs. Yes, I hope this creation can give economic values/attractions too.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Wow! Great hub Agusfanani! :) This was really creative. Voted up and shared. And I would love to add this to my links at my bottle recycling hub.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Just love your creative ideas with these often discarded vessels. The bobbing head is quite amusing. Voting this Up and Useful.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

I feel so glad and thankful for your appreciation to this hub, not to mention your voting up and consider it useful. Thank you very much alocsin.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

I have seen these wiggling head animals in stores... it's amazing that you have made one using a plastic bottle....how creative! I appreciate you sharing the instructions and illustrative photos as well :) What a clever craft! Voted up and useful :)


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hi Jamie Brock,

I learn a lot from you and from others how to recycle used materials and this is one of the results. Thank you very much for your nice comments and vote up.


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visionandfocus 3 years ago from North York, Canada

Love the turtle! Just like your beautiful cat, very creative and environmentally friendly. I'm sure this will make a great craft project for a rainy day. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and everything else!


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia Author

@visionandfocus:

I'm trying to make figurines of my favorite animals from plastic bottles. Thank you for sparing time dropping by at my hub and I really appreciate your comments, sharing and vote up.


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

I like that you give ideas on how to turn waste into something beautiful. You are very creative!


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agusfanani 8 months ago from Indonesia Author

FlourishAnyway, Thank you very much for your encouraging words.

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