Upcycled Coconuts

Upcycled Coconuts! Simple DIY Hanging Pots

Upcycled Coconuts

So I was emptying my compost bin into the garden and it turns out that coconuts for my green smoothies don’t really break down very fast.

I love a compost bin that keeps on giving. So far I’ve been generously gifted an Avocado tree, a Papaya tree & a bunch of random tomatoes (not sure what variety yet, but I’ve let a few keep growing).

I was looking at them and thought these would make awesome mini hanging pots. The way I have topped the heads allows for space to add soil but also a hole for drainage (note. I wouldn’t put these inside unless you want to catch the water as it drains).

What you’ll need

  1. Dried out coconut shells with the top chopped off
  2. A drill
  3. String
  4. Scissors
  5. Potting mix
  6. Plants

Enter the power tools

I started by simply drilling a hole using a small drill piece about centimetre away from the top, be gentle as the shell isn’t super hard and can crack if you push down too hard.

Drill time
Serious tools required

 

One hole down
One hole down

Repeat this four times at equal distance apart.

String it up

I used just a natural Jute string but you could get all fancy with some neon or some natural wool fibres.

Cut four equal pieces at double the length you want your pot to hang. I made sure I had extra just in case I wanted to move them around the garden.

Thread your string through your pre-drilled holes and until it’s about halfway though then tie a knot at the top of the shell. Do this to all your holes.

upcycled coconut strung out
String in place

 

Fill ‘er up

Make sure you use a good quality potting mix that is suitable for the type of plant you are planting.

Fill the shell up with the potting mix, and put in your plant.

Upcycled Coconut
Fill with a good quality potting mix suitable to your plant type

 

I added some sphagnum moss for mulch and prettiness and used some blue lobelia flowers in mine.

Give it a good water in.

Note: These pots do dry out super quickly, so if you aren’t out and about watering on a hot day try using succulents, cacti or air plants that don’t require too much water.

I added some sphagnum moss for mulch and prettiness and used some blue lobelia flowers in mine.  Give it a good water in.  Note: These pots do dry out super quickly, so if you aren't out and about watering on a hot day try using succulents or cacti that don't require too much water.
Plants in, with some pretty moss.

 

Hang your pots

Because you have multiple pieces of string you can tie them in a loop to hang off a hook, or like what I did I tied mine around a balustrade.

Upcycled Coconut
Well hung

 

Pretty easy huh! And not to mention cheap!

Let me know if you try this, I would love to see how it turns out!

 

 

4 thoughts on “Upcycled Coconuts! Simple DIY Hanging Pots

    1. Hey Tricia,
      I threw mine in the compost bin for 6 months and the outside husk disintegrated off. You could try keeping them out in the sun for a few weeks and seeing if they dry off enough to pull off.

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