How to Use Coconut Husk

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How to Use Coconut Husk
Recycle coconut shells into utilitarian bowls and cups. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

After draining a coconut's water and removing its meat, a hollow, woody shell remains. Coconut shells are a durable natural material well-suited for a variety of home, garden and entertainment uses. If cut properly, you can recycle a coconut shell into dinnerware, fashion accessories, percussion instruments or potting medium.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Handsaw
  • Sand paper
  • Animal hide
  • Needle and thread
  • Rope
  • Dull knife
  • Pocketknife
  • Drill
  • Paint or varnish
  • Hammer
  • No. 4 sponge rock
  • No. 2 charcoal

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  1. 1

    Cut the coconut into two halves using a handsaw. Carve out the meat with a dull knife to make two bowls for food or tropical drinks. If you want two usable halves, do not poke the eyeholes to drain out the coconut water. It is also unsanitary to use coconut meat after carving the fruit with a saw.

  2. 2

    Cut coconut shells using the method described in Step 1, and bang the two shells together as percussion instruments. To make a traditional Hawaiian knee drum, sand the outside of a clean coconut shell half and stretch animal hide over the top. Sew rope to the edges of the animal hide and tie the ropes at the bottom to hold the taut hide in place.

  3. 3

    Carve the coconut shell into buttons or pendants using a sharp pocketknife. Traditional Hawaiian shirts often use coconut shell buttons. Use a drill to make 2 to 4 holes in the buttons, and coat the shell with paint or varnish if desired.

  4. 4

    Smash coconut husks into small chunks with a hammer. Soak the chunks in water overnight and mix them with No. 4 sponge rock and No. 2 charcoal to make a water-retaining potting mix. You can also use the coconut husk pieces as mulch.

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