How to make fake coconuts
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Decorating for birthday parties, BBQs or Hawaiian parties doesn't have to be expensive. For just a few dollars and some quality time, you can make your own unique and creative decorations. Using paper mache coconuts can make your party a hit. Kids will love using them for coconut bowling.
You can even make them mini pinatas filled with candy and toys.
- Decorating for birthday parties, BBQs or Hawaiian parties doesn't have to be expensive.
- Using paper mache coconuts can make your party a hit.
Blow up as many balloons as you need for your desired number of coconuts. Blow balloons only up to the size of coconuts you wish.
Mix 1 part flour with 1 part water with mixing spoon. For instance if using 1 cup of flour, mix with 1 cup of water.
Cut some old newspaper into 2 inch strips.
Dip newspaper into the flour-water mix.
Place on balloon, covering completely, about two layers thick and let dry. Drying time usually takes 24 hours, sometimes a bit longer if you have heavier layers.
- Mix 1 part flour with 1 part water with mixing spoon.
- Place on balloon, covering completely, about two layers thick and let dry.
Once the paper mache is dried, poke a sharp thin object, such as steak knife, through to pop the balloon inside. Be careful not to make too big of a hole.
Collect dried grass and saturate them with the flour-water mix. Then place on balloon. Let dry overnight.
Paint your coconuts brown and let dry at least 4 hours.
- Adding a couple tablespoons of salt with help the paper mache not to mould, if you choose to keep them for a while.
Tracy Moore holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in graphic design. She has extensive experience using graphics software in her professional and personal life. She also writes a column for a local newspaper on the latest technology developments.