Use coconut shells for vases to add a tropical touch to your luau. Coconut shells make natural containers for flowers or food. One shell will make both the vase and a stand to support it. The rough coconut shells provide a stark contrast to the lush richness of tropical flowers. Use the coconut milk and meat in your party food and recycle the container as a container for your flowers.
Things You'll Need
- Floral foam
Saw the coconut in half. The juice will leak out when you cut the meat, so do this outside or over a tray.
Bake the coconut at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. This will cause the meat to separate from the shell.
Pry the meat from the shell. It should come out in several large pieces.
Saw 2 inches off the cut edge of one half of the coconut to make a base for the vase.
Set the ring on the table with the large side down. Set the uncut half of the coconut shell in this ring to make the vase.
Cut a block of floral foam that will fit securely into the vase.
Soak the foam according to the package directions. Place the foam in the coconut shell vase and arrange your flowers in the foam.
Tips & Warnings
- Save the meat and coconut milk for eating.
- You may drain the milk before you saw the coconut by piercing the coconut's "eyes" with an ice pick.
- The edges of the coconut will be rough enough to scratch wood. Either sand them smooth or place a cloth under the vase.
- Photo Credit decoration in coco nut shell isolated image by dinostock from Fotolia.com
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