We’ve all been there, its a hot day and you only have room in your bag for either a tripod or a water bottle. But why compromise? With this not-entirely-pointless How To, you can soon make your very own Bottle Tripod! Hallelujah i hear you cry! I shall never go without water or photos again! Finally an answer to all my tripod/bottle related problems!
Who says you can’t improve on the humble water bottle? All it needed was a tripod fitting to make it into a super bottle! And now this coveted technology can be yours, for free!!
All you need is:
- an empty water bottle with a sports cap
- a M6 connecting screw with plastic fittings
- food-safe glue (such as PVA) ( So you wont get poisoned!)
- super glue
- a little brother
I have created a little video (below) on how to make this. However, the instructions are slightly lacking in detail so i would advise both reading the following instructions and watching the video.
To start you need to remove the top off the sports lid. You can remove 3 parts, the clear plastic lid, the white cap, and the round blue bit underneath the white cap. This is where a little brother comes in handy – they have strong teeth it would seem… Once you have removed these you can chuck away the clear lid and the blue bit – but KEEP the white cap!
Unscrew the bottle lid. Where the blue bit has been removed there should be a screw sized hole going through the lid. Unscrew one of the plastic screw covers and stick the remaining part through the lid. You should be left with a metal screw coming through the top of the lid.
Use a strong glue (doesnt have to be food safe) to go around the OUTSIDE of the lid mouthpiece, then replace the white cap. This will create a seal between the screw and the bottle.
To make the lid waterproof, get your food safe glue and put the glue between the screw and the white lid on the outside of the lid, leave this to dry for a few hours. This will make sure the glue you use for the next seal doesnt leak everywhere. Turn the lid upside down and cover the inside with the food-safe glue. This, when dry, will create a waterproof seal. For extra safety you can add a layer of hair wax before you pour the glue in, it will not affect the water quality as it will be covered by the food safe glue.
After 5 or so days the glue will have dried. Screw the lid on top of a full bottle et voila!
The tripod can only support very light cameras, like the Diana. You can increase the surface area of the tripod top by adding a large washer around the screw and on top of the bottle. The tripod relies on the weight of the water in it to remain stable.
My sister enjoying her tripod drink