This is a instructable on "how to make a plastic bottle shuttlecock", it involves cutting the neck of the bottle off, and cutting the plastic (curvy top bit) into "feathers", It works relatively well for a DIY shuttlecock, but a bit heavy and has a dodgy flight pattern. This is a very simple instructable, but the cutting of the feathers is quite fiddly. There is a video of the final shuttlecock being served, this is on the final step! Good luck and experiment with it!

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Step 1: What you need!

A plastic bottle - To form the shuttlecock from
Scalpel or Craft knife - To separate the neck and body, (scissors really don't work here)
Scissors (smaller the better) - To cut the feathers, (craft knife really doesn't work here)
Masking tape - To pad the shuttle's base
Fingers etc - to handle all above

what racquet do you use?
not a bad idea, seeing as how a heavy-ish shuttlecock is not easy to find in some locales. may have to try this. i must say, however, that you might want to consider some better pictures to go along with your good idea.
it might be bad for the racket
very cool how does it work?
how well*
Quite well, it spins a bit though, and feels a bit heavy. I'm sure that getting it to fly straight is just perfecting the design.
You could add bounce and stability by putting a cross section of Super Ball on the cap. The extra weight in the nose should make it fly farther and straighter .... I think.
interesting :)

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