The most difficult part of making crafts from coconuts is opening the coconuts and removing the meat. If you refrigerate the coconut for one hour before cutting, the shell becomes easier to penetrate and the meat becomes easier to remove. Once the coconut is open and clean, the shells are versatile containers for a variety of craft projects. Leave the coconuts natural for a rustic, island feel to your crafts. You can also paint the shells or attach embellishments such as rhinestones, rocks and buttons using one-part epoxy adhesive.
Things You'll Need
1/4-inch diameter drill bit
One-part epoxy adhesive
Drill a hole through one of the dark spots on one end of a coconut. Hold the coconut over a bowl with the hole side down and let it drain. Refrigerate the coconut for one hour to make cutting easier.
Clamp the coconut in a vice. Cut the coconut in half with a hacksaw. Remove the meat for your own use or leave it inside the coconut for the birds.
Drill three 1/4-inch holes through the rim of each coconut halve. Space the holes evenly.
Cut six equal lengths of twine. Insert one end of each piece of twine through the holes around the rim, from the outside to the inside. Pull the twine through each hole 4 inches. Tie the end of the twine to itself at the top edge of the coconut.
Gather the three sections of twine at the opposite end of the coconut and tie them together. Hang the three joined sections of twine over an S hook.
Cover the drilled hole in one of the coconut halves with duct tape. Fill the bird feeders with bird seed.
Pierce one end of the coconut and drain the milk into a bowl. Refrigerate the coconut for one hour. Grip the coconut in a vice.
Slice the coconut into two pieces with a hacksaw 3 to 4 inches from the top. Clean out the coconut meat from both sections with a serrated knife. Drill three 1/4-inch holes near the bottom of the largest section. These are the drainage holes for the planter.
Place the largest section of the coconut on a work surface so that the cut edge is face down. Apply a quarter-size amount of one-part epoxy adhesive to the top of this section of coconut.
Press the bottom of the smallest section of coconut into the glue, with the widest part of the section facing up. Press down on the top coconut for two minutes. Leave the coconut undisturbed for 24 hours.
Invert the coconut so that the small section is facing down. Line the bottom of the largest section with coffee filters and then fill it with potting soil and a plant.