Picture of Balancing Bottle Bird

A young Ibis perching on a parrot bracket shakes his head and turns away, starts nodding and turns back. It's not David Attenborough, but still nice to look at. Inspired by a wind chime I saw on a fair trade market. I had to try to make something alike from waste material. So I tried my way with recycling plastic bottles.

The trick is that the head hangs on a scale and is held up by a counter weight. With each breeze the bird turns, nods its head shakes its head. Its fun!

Step 1: What is needed

Picture of What is needed
  • Two black bottles
  • One yellow bottle
  • a piece of broomstick
  • a garden stick
  • string
  • green garden wire
  • a small photo-film container ( or detergent bottle cap)
  • melting beads (perler beads)
  • tie wraps ( if possible black and yellow)

and some tools:

  • a pair of scissors
  • hobby knife
  • needle
  • revolver rod
  • small hacksaw
  • drill
  • pliers
JulieD81 month ago

What a neat looking bird. I am not real artistic, but I am going to give this a try. I love to find new things to put out in my garden and cheap or free works for me!

Ruud van Koningsbrugge (author)  JulieD81 month ago

Do your best! Lately I made one extra adjustment: A hole in the tail where the string with the weight goes trough. It prevents the string getting caught up in the branches around.

Moscito11 months ago
What a cool idea and brilliant artwork. I am deeply impressed.
Ruud van Koningsbrugge (author)  Moscito11 months ago
I don't think it's healthy for a moscito ( mosquito) to be deeply impressed, but thanks!

Awesome! Thanks so much for the environmentally-friendly share!

Wow, what a cool idea to reuse some old bottles. Very inventive!

samalert1 year ago

Super ! this is so awesome !

wobbler1 year ago


seamster1 year ago

Love it. Excellent use of a couple of old plastic bottles!

Wow, that's impressive! I love the form. You have excellent visualization skills. The legs look very natural and organic the way you used the angle.

jmdushi1 year ago
beautiful and cute. A whole family in the garden would be perfect. Time for collecting bottles.

Very, very cool!

Mr_Liss1 year ago

Brilliant! I love it.