One of the cutest things to make out of a coconut would obviously be a Piggy Bank. Back when I was studying in my 7th grade, my Social Science teacher had asked me to submit a project by making something useful from trash. So I had made a Piggy bank then. Now, since there is a contest regarding coconuts, I wanted to share this thought of mine to the instructables community and give this contest a shot. :-P
My piggy bank may not actually look like a typical pig, but for sure it looks like some cute weird animal. XD
But mark my words, it serves the purpose of being a piggy bank and a great handicraft. :-D
In the following steps, I'll teach you how to make one for yourself in less than an hour.
Step 1: Materials Required
>>Flat tip Screwdriver or a Knife
>>Epoxy resin like Mseal
>>Quick glue or super glue like fewikwik
>>A dremel or (sand paper and hand file)
Step 2: Removing Coconut Flesh
The foremost step would be to break open the coconut. Be sure to hit the coconut at it's body's center in order to make almost two separate semi spheres.
Then take out the coconut flesh using a knife or a screwdriver.
Clean of the shell and get rid of all the coconut flesh.
Also dont forget to remove all the coir on it.
Step 3: Making Holes
Take a marker pen and draw the shape of the hole where coins can be inserted. Use a rotary tool like dremel to achieve the cut as shown in the picture.
Step 4: Sanding
Either use a sand paper or a dremel again to sand of excess coir from the coconut.
Step 5: Eyes
Each coconut has three unopened eyes which you'll have to drill it in order to open them. Those three eyes can serve as the Piggy ban's hip where you can attch a tail.
On the other end, use a marker to mark the eyes and drill it of in the same shape as shown in the picture.
The midpoint between both the eyes must lie on the same axis as that of the line created for the insertion of coins.
Step 6: The Tail
Take a long thread or two small ones preferably jute thread to give a better look. Out of the three holes in the back, choose any two lower holes and tie the thread to it. Later twist and threads and tie a knot. Cutoff excess thread and make it look like a proper tail.
Step 7: Sealing
Now take an adhesive like fevikwik and join both the halves. Align both of them in such a way that there is no gap and apply adhesives to seal it off.
Step 8: Legs
Choose an epoxy resin like Mseal and mix both parts of the resin until the mixture is uniform. Divide four small parts out of it.These small resin parts will be the legs of our piggy bank. Attach the resin at the bottom of the piggy bank as shown in the picture.
Now put some flour on the floor, and rub the piggy bank on it as shown in the video. This is don so that the tip of the legs become flat and the resin is given the appropriate shape before it gets hardened and struck to the floor.
Step 9: Finally When You Are Done With It,
Watch the embedded video for the demonstration.
Now you have your own handcrafted piggy bank.