Coconuts can be shaved for cakes and cookies and poured into hot and cold drinks, but now one of Hawaii's most famous foods does not have to be limited to edible treats. Coconut shells are an effective material for craft projects. Use your imagination to find a use for your shells. Whether you just need parts of the shell or the entire hollowed-out fruit, the rustic look of the shell complements any outdoorsy craft or, when painted, can match your room's decor.
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Coconuts provide strong protection within the walls of the shells, so transform one into a package. Take two coconut halves and remove all the hair from one half; this will be the half with the address. With a permanent marker, write the address and return address on the clean half. Place whatever will be mailed inside the coconut. Put both halves together and use wood glue or strong tape to attach the halves without covering up the address. Place appropriate postage on the coconut and the post office will accept the package to mail.
Transform a coconut into a planter. Use a sharp, serrated knife to cut off the top of the coconut. You don't need to cut it in half; the hold just needs to be big enough to clean the coconut out and put dirt in it. Use a spoon or knife to clean out all the meat from the shell. Fill it with water to find any hole fill the holes with putty. Cover the coconut with waterproof sealant. Place dirt and a seed or small plant inside the shell. Personalise your shell with paint or beads. If it's a sun-loving plant, place it on a windowsill or table to allow direct sunlight to shine on it.
Cup or Bowl
Take inspiration from Tom Hanks drinking from a coconut in "Cast Away" to create a practical craft: Make your own pair of coconut cups or bowls. Cut enough off the top of each coconut that you could drink or eat out of it. Save the pieces to use later. Clean out all of the meat inside the coconut with a spoon and knife. Soak the shells in hot water and wash the inside and outside thoroughly. Take the saved piece (the top) and turn it over so the outer shell shows. Place it under the larger half of the coconut to stabilise the cup or bowl. Use wood glue or craft glue to attach the pieces and let dry. Decorate the outside of the cup with colourful paint or carving.
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