Here’s a real simple incredibly portable tripod you can make for under $2 – a plastic cap from a soda bottle.
Cap from an empty soda bottle. In the United States the same caps are used for everything from single serving 4 ounce up through 2 liter bottles. The caps used for bottle water are the same diameter and thread but may not fit as precisely.
A 1/4"-20 bolt, about 1.5 inches long.
A 1/4"-20 nut.
A 1/4"-20 free spinning washer nut.
The hardware is available from any hardware store, it cost me $3 for enough parts to build two sets.
Step 1: Make a Hole in the Bottlecap
Step 2: Push the Bolt Through the Hole
Step 3: Add the Free Spinning Washer-nut
Screw the free spinning washer on the bolt with the flat side facing up.
Step 4: You're Done!
Use common sense when using this tripod – only use it with extremely compact lightweight cameras. It helps to have a half filled container to minimize the chances to tipping. Only use this tripod as a stabilizer for your camera, not as a place to hold the camera for any period of time.
After you’ve taken your photo remember to save the tripod, finish the drink, and don’t forget to recycle the drink bottle.