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Plant-a-colada!? Yes please! The coconuts cost me $1.89 each at my local Asian grocery market. I had all the tools, fabric and string in my craft closet–so these planters cost me less than $2 to make!  Cheap, eco–and fun to do with kids (provided you do the saw part) this project is perfect for adding a bit of green in the home–and the table-planters can easily be personalized with names or table-numbers for special events (think weddings, showers, graduations, birthdays etc.)  Perfect summer project, yes?

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COCONUT TABLE PLANTER

MATERIALS
-One young Thai Coconut
-Potting soil
-Plant
(Succulent used here)

TOOLS
-Drill
-Serrated Knife or saw
-One Sharpie

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  1. Drill three holes in a triangular shape on the bottom of the coconut for drainage holes. Drain the coconut water out. Drink it. It’s delish.
  2. Saw the top of the coconut off leaving one inch of ‘ridge’ on the top of the coconut.
  3. Clean the ‘meat’ out of the coconut with a spoon. Make a smoothie from it while you let the coconut dry out in the sun (may take a few hours) #Yum!
  4. Once coconut is dry, draw a simple, repeating pattern all over the coconut. (not the bottom).
  5. Place potting soil into the coconut and plant your choice plant into the coconut.
  6. Place in appropriate light for chosen plant.

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COCONUT HANGING PLANTER

MATERIALS
-One young Thai Coconut
-1.5 ft. thin, patterned fabric
-Cord or string
-One S-hook
-Potting soil
-Plant
(Staghorn Fern used here)

TOOLS
-Scissors
-Drill
-Tape
-Hot glue gun and glue
-Iron
-Serrated Knife or saw

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  1. Drill three holes in a triangular shape on the bottom of the coconut for drainage holes. Drain the coconut water out. Drink it. It’s delish.
  2. Saw the top of the coconut off leaving one inch of ‘ridge’ on the top of the coconut for hanging holes.
  3. Clean the ‘meat’ out of the coconut with a spoon. Make a smoothie from itWhile you let the coconut dry out in the sun (may take a few hours)Yum!
  4. Drill three holes into the ‘ridge’ on the top of the coconut , equadistant from one another.
  5. Measure coconut circumference and height. Cut fabric height and length accordingly leaving and extra 1” on each side for seam allowance.
  6. Fold 1” of fabric over all the way around, and iron flat, creating a “hem” on all four sides.
  7. Using the hot glue gun, glue the fabric all the way around the coconut.
  8. Cut three pieces of string 2.5’ long. Wrap tape around the end of each of the pieces of string like shoe laces, and thread one piece of string through each of the three holes. Tie each string in a double knot to fasten it to the coconut. Tie the strings in a knot together at the top and tie to the S-hook.
  9. Place potting soil into the coconut and plant your choice plant into the coconut.
  10. Hang in appropriate light for chosen plant.

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Enjoy!

Projects and photos by Justina Blakeney

19 Responses to Plant-a-colada: easy DIY planters from coconuts!
  1. What a great idea! So simple yet so effective.

  2. Felicia says:

    This is a genius idea, love how they came out! I definitely want to try this!

  3. Whoa! What a fab idea!!! They look great.

  4. catie says:

    you need a sidebar glossary of your homemade words : )
    i do it, too – try my margarigio:
    http://five-ten-fifteen.blogspot.com/2010/05/margarigio-pinot-grigio-margarita.html

  5. Elizabeth says:

    OH my goodness, Justina, I am in love with these!!!

  6. Samantha says:

    What a great idea. Love the summery boho, cheap, and eco friendly planters.

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  8. Lauren says:

    This is an awesome idea! The end result looks gorgeous =)

  9. Chelsea says:

    I love these planters, but where did you get those terrariums shown??

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  13. Lynn Coulter says:

    What a cute idea! Sharing it with our readers on The Home Depot Garden Club Pinterest board. Thanks! Lynn 4 THD

  14. sippy says:

    saw your gorgeous planters on pinterest. can you tell me what kind of plant is in the multi colored zig zag pot? thanks!

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