wikiHow to Make a Coconut Shell Hanging Basket

Would you like to add a bit of "island chic" to your home? Here's a simple way to make a coconut shell hanging basket.

Steps

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    Obtain the things you'll need (below).
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    Split the coconut shell (the center, hard, round part of the coconut - not the husk) evenly in half. This can be done by sawing or hand cracking - your choice.
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    Bake the shell in a 350 degree F oven for around 20 minutes to dry out the "meat" and separate it from the shell.
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    Remove the partially dried coconut meat from the shell. Eat it if you like...
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    Measure the circumference of the shell.
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    Divide the circumference by three.
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    Mark hole placement for three holes approximately half an inch (one centimeter) from the edge of the lip and equally spaced around the circumference.
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    Drill 14 inch (0.6 cm) holes at your marks.
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    Tie a strand of jute into each hole. You can get more elaborate with more strands if you like but the basic handing basket needs only three strands to be functional.
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    Slide beads or bored shells onto the jute for decoration.
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    Gather the long ends of the jute together and tie them in a knot approximately two feet from the shell "basket". Take care to hold the basket perpendicular to your strings so that it will hang level.

Tips

  • Alternately, you can drill four, equidistant holes... fold two jute lengths in half, lark's head them to a ring, and tie the resulting four ends through the four holes. This takes a bit more measuring and finicky adjusting to get the basket level though.
  • If you cut your jute to 6 or 8 feet (1.8 or 2.4 m) in length and fold it in half, you can "lark's head" your jute to the coconut shell. This will make your hanging lines sturdier(two ply) and also allow you to do some rudimentary macramé on the hanging lines.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin jute or twine (other cordage may be substituted if desired)
  • A clean, dry coconut shell (center, not the husk)
  • Drill
  • Hanging ring (optional)
  • Hanging hook

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