DIY Project-How to Make Bird Figurines from Plastic Waste.

Plastic Waste.

Fig 1: From a bottle
Fig 1: From a bottle

Let's Make a Bird Figurine.

1. Prepare an empty plastic bottle (fig 1). Thin bottle is preferable to make it easy to cut.

2. Cut it into two parts : the lower and upper parts (fig 2).

3. Use the lower part to make this project. Keep the upper part for the next one. Cut at six equal locations (fig 3).


Fig 2: Cut the bottle into 2 parts.
Fig 2: Cut the bottle into 2 parts.

4. Press the bottom so that it turns inside out.

5. The six cuttings (result of no. 3) later becomes a head, four legs we gonna make a 4-legged creature), two wings and a tail.


Fig 3: Make equal 6 cuttings sections on the wall.
Fig 3: Make equal 6 cuttings sections on the wall.
Fig 4: Fold down 4 of them to make legs.
Fig 4: Fold down 4 of them to make legs.

6. Bend four of those cuttings downward which will make legs. The remain cuttings become head, two wings and a neck plus a head at the upper end . I also made some fuffling at the wings to make additional attraction (Fig 5). For the legs, fold out at the end parts to make the feet.

7. For the head, fold the end of one cutting like when you make a triangle and fold back at neck area. Put some mass of paper below the triangular shape to make it similarly like a head.

8. After every part of the body is neatly folded, paste the whole body including legs, wings, tail, neck and the head with thin paper, I usually use tissue paper for pasting. The pasting around the legs also make them strong to stand.

If you want the creature to have a swinging head, let a small part on the lower neck not pasted so that the plastic at this part is uncovered and maintains its elasticity (Fig. 6).

To know how to paste your project,  you can read it at:

http://hubpages.com/hub/-Practical-Actions-for-Environmental-Protection

Fig. 5: When all cuttings and foldings are done.
Fig. 5: When all cuttings and foldings are done.

9. You can add some ornaments on the figure if you want to, like what I do on the head. Put two eyeballs on every side of the head too (fig 7).

Fig 6: Paste the whole body, except lower part of the neck for elasticity, with thin paper/tissue.
Fig 6: Paste the whole body, except lower part of the neck for elasticity, with thin paper/tissue.
Fig 7: The figure with ornament and eye balls.
Fig 7: The figure with ornament and eye balls.

10. When everything is done, you can apply colors of your liking to make it like fig 7.

Here is one of the results.
Here is one of the results. | Source
or make an egret like this.
or make an egret like this. | Source

Try it yourself !

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Song-Bird 5 years ago from Michigan

What a great idea and a great way to recycle! This would be great for school projects.


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

Yes, this is a small contribution to recycling campaign. Thank you very much for your visit and comments.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

agusfanani! Amazing. I'm surprised! Great job!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are very artistic with your recycling ideas! That egret is amazing! Useful and up votes from me on this hub.


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Nice hub.. very beautiful idea.


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mulberry1 5 years ago

Very creative. It does sound like a great projects for kids!


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ekenzy 5 years ago

nice hub, one of the best ideas of its kind.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC

You are a great artist and explain the process well.

Thanks


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nomoretrucks 5 years ago from scotland

skill and beauty from something as simple as this. Well impressed.


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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Wow! That is impressive!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Very creative..I love it! I am always trying to come up with some ideas from things that are thrown out..this give me one more. I have made flowers out of plastic bottles and spray painted them too. Will try the animals.Thank you again!

Sunnie


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

Sorry for this late respond. Thank you very much for your comments.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

Sorry for this late reply, Peggy W. Thank very much for your pleasant comments and voting up this hub.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you very much for your visit and nice comments.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

Yes, it can used for teaching kids how to recycle plastic bottles. Thank you for liking this hub, mulberry1.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you for your great comments.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you very much for your pleasant comments.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

That's a really nice comment you've given me. Thank you very much, sir.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you very much for dropping by Freya, good luck to you.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia Author

I'm so glad that I can share something for recycling purpose. There are actually other kinds of animals we can make out of plastic bottles like I've written in my other hubs and more to come. Thank you very much for reading my hubs, Sunnie Day.


sakshi 4 years ago

awesome creation..can u please suggest me hw to make paper weight of any animal figure out of any waste material...


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

very creative and your ideas and creativity rocks!


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

This is another project that would be great for keeping children entertained for the afternoon. Very cool hub.

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