Introduction: Coconut Garden
I always tend to think about other uses of things that would otherwise end up in the trash.
Lately I ate so many coconuts and I had to think if I could do something with the coconut shells, so I came up with many ideas and this is one of them!
If you don't like the idea of using the coconut shells as pots, go straight to the last step to see other uses.
Step 1: Tools & Supplies
- Coconut shells
- Paper glue
- Spray paint
- Wooden roasting sticks
- Wood glue
- Potting soil
- Cutting plier
- Wood files
- Wooden pegs (optional)
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Step 2: Dyeing Coconat Shells
If you hit a coconut in the middle with a hammer, it will eventually break in two pieces (bowls). The one piece will have two holes (the one is for pouring out the water and the other is the air hole). If you want to use the piece with the holes, you first have to cover them. I used the paper mache technique using a porous paper and paper glue only, Let the glue dry completely. You can now spray paint the coconut shells!
Use a disposable pair of gloves, a respirator and newspapers to cover the workplace. To paint the coconuts choose a well ventilated room or do it outside, as me.
Step 3: Prepearing the Roasting Sticks
Cut the points of the roasting sticks with a cutting plier and then smoothen the edges with a file.
Step 4: Basic "Tripods"
To start with the base you will need three basic tripod, then you'll join them together gluing other roasting sticks on them.
To form a tripod, hold 3 sticks together, put a coconut shell on the top and mark on one of the sticks the height that you want to glue them. File the two of them vertically, at the exact same height, with a square file. Glue the two to form a cross. At this step I used an instant glue so I could move faster to the next step. File the third roasting stick to form o coign and glue it on the cross. Check again the height of the tripod by holding the coconut on the top of it and if it's okay, move to the next one.
Step 5: Bamboo Forest
This is a little random process, but first you need to make a base, by glueing the three tripods together.
Hold a long stick on the tripods, take a pencil and mark a line at each point where you'll glue the stick on the tripod legs.
Make small gaps on the stiscks (behing the lines, but with the line's direction) with a round file and glue them together. Cut the pieces you consider unnecessary and move on. You can probably use the pieces you cut later on this process.