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Recycle Your Plastic Bottle - Make it into a Flamingo Figurine.

Updated on December 19, 2012
Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus sp)
Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus sp) | Source

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. | Source

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.

PVC glue

Brushes : medium size and small size.

Some carton

Fig. 1: The area where you cut the bottle.
Fig. 1: The area where you cut the bottle. | Source

You need to prepare 2 plastic bottles of the same sizes. In this project I used two of 600 ml-sized bottles.

Fig 2.
Fig 2. | Source
Fig 3. After every section is rolled, it will be like this.
Fig 3. After every section is rolled, it will be like this. | Source

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).

Fig.4 : Bend the neck and leg.  And place some crumpled paper to make the body.
Fig.4 : Bend the neck and leg. And place some crumpled paper to make the body. | Source

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).

Fig 5. Another way to make the neck is from the remain of electric cable.
Fig 5. Another way to make the neck is from the remain of electric cable. | Source

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.

Fig 6: Wings
Fig 6: Wings | Source

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.

Fig 7: Crumpled paper added with plastic cut curved as head.
Fig 7: Crumpled paper added with plastic cut curved as head. | Source

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).

Fig 8: webbed feet.
Fig 8: webbed feet. | Source


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.

After the whole body being pasted.
After the whole body being pasted. | Source

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 :

Fig 7:  Flamingo body color map .
Fig 7: Flamingo body color map . | Source
The result.
The result. | Source
Or, a batik flamingo like this.
Or, a batik flamingo like this. | Source


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You are so very creative and I particularly like that fact that you are creating art while doing a great job of recycling products. That batik flamingo is stunning!

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Linda Crampton,

      Thank you for your visit and read my hub. Frankly speaking I'm obsessed how to make good use of used plastic bottle which are found in my surrounding areas.

      Hi sangeeta verma,

      thank you for reading. Yes, flamingo is very cute and inspiring which simply shows how nature makes us so amazed.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a lovely project. The birds that you've created are beautiful. It's great that plastic has been recycled and put to good use in the creation of the figurines.

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Indonesia

      @FlourishAnyway :

      I'm so glad you like this hub. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a very nice comments.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Fascinating! I especially like the batik patterned flamingo. You are quite talented.

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for dropping by and giving me nice comments Jamie Brock. I still have to learn from you and other hubbers to be good at it.

    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      l would have never guess this figurine was made from plastic bottle.. you are so very talented! Thank you for sharing :)

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Indonesia

      @geetbhim: I'm so glad to read your comments. Thank you very much. I encourage you to try to make it and let me know when it's done.

    • geetbhim profile image

      sangeeta verma 

      7 years ago from Ludhiana India

      Wow! Very creative using pet bottles as a flamingo, easy step by step procedure to follow. Beautiful part of the hub is there are so many things written about flamingo that how do the got there color etc.



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