DIY Topiary From Coconut Coir
On my previous post, I have shown you how to re-purposing a cooker pot into a flower-pot. Since I made the flower-pot for decoration purposes, so I have to fill it with some decoration to complete its look. And I want to make the decoration from recycling something.
I thought to myself that a green topiary would be great for the flower-pot. Give it a purpose. But what should I made it from? I can easily buy some fake petals or synthetic leaves, but what is the fun of it? I have to make the topiary from something unusual but easily found, free, and easy. I need something durable to give some roughness on the topiary surface, a texture. Then I straight away think of coconut coir. And it’s cheap, well in my case it’s considered free. Because I bought the young coconut for consumption, enjoyed the sweet coconut flesh and water, then save the coconut coir to be dried under the sun.
So, what do I need to make a coconut coir topiary?
- A young coconut coir
- A wooden stick
- A styrofoam ball
- Green spray paint
- Cardboard protector
- A flower-pot
How to make the coconut coir topiary?
- Dried the young coconut shell (under the intense sun) for couple of days, then shred the coconut coir, if it’s not completely dry, dry it again for a day or until it is perfectly dry.
- Glue the shredded coconut coir onto the styrofoam ball until entire surface are covered nicely.
- Wrap the coconut coir ball with plastic wrapper tightly to have the coconut coir glued evenly and perfectly into the styrofoam. Let it sit for half day before unwrap it.
- Spray paint the coconut coir topiary with green spray paint.
- Do the same to the cardboard protector.
- Let it sit for a half day just to be safe.
- Fill the flower-pot with the painted cardboard protector. Then arrange it until tight as a good base and fluffy until it rise up a bit from the flower-pot.
- Connect the wooden stick to the styrofoam ball and to the cardboard protector base until it secure.
- Tie some beautiful ribbons with the color that you favor to the wooden stick, right under the topiary. I chose neutral colors since I made this simple green topiary, so I used yellow and ivory ribbons. Finished!
- You can use the topiary as an element to your home decor or party decor; can be as a center piece, a table or shelve decoration. It is suitable for spring or summer theme decor.
So, this is an easy and cheap project that anyone can do. The recycled flower-pot and the topiary from coconut coir, the topiary base from cardboard protector; together as a recycled decoration that cost you less. A Diy home decoration that comes from re-purposing three things.
Well guys, enough for today, I need time to explore my thoughts with more ideas to come out with new creations to share with you.
Note : I submit this project to Everybody Art Challenge (Pimp it – recycle), That’s Crafty (A Summer’s Day), Make My Monday (Go Green – up-cycle), Crafty Gals Corner (Summer colours), International Art And Soul (Nothing square or oblong), Altered Eclectics (Anything Goes)
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