For me, springtime also means “balcony-raising time”. When the first warm rays of sun fall on my small, tranquil balcony high above the streets of Berlin, I’m immediately gripped by the planting fever. Berlin’s city center is really dreary gray in winter, but as soon as spring comes and small green buds emerge from the bare branches of the trees, it becomes much more livable. I have to admit, I cheated a bit this year. I couldn’t wait for spring in Germany and fled to Thailand at the end of February. There I discovered a great idea on the island of Koh Jum how empty coconut shells can be used with the help of the macrame knotting technique: as a hanging basket. I really wanted to try it out at home.
Empty coconut shells immediately remind me of the sea and wide sandy beaches with coconut trees. Overall, however, I have designed my hanging baskets a little less “wildly” than the Thai model above, so that they can also fit optically into my home.
For everyone who is just as “plant-loving” as I am, I have documented the step-by-step instructions for the coconut-macrame hanging basket. Incidentally, this is the first time that I have done something in the macrame knotting technique, which is why I am still a beginner in the field. So if you have suggestions for improving my technique: let me know! Here we go!
What you need: 1 coconut, hammer and nail, knife, natural cord, wooden beads and possibly also wood stain or acrylic paint.
Before the coconut is opened, the coconut water must be out. Use a hammer and nail to punch holes in the three dark areas of the coconut shell, where the shell is thinner. These holes are also very important for our later use as a flower pot. Then pour the coconut water off.
Now the bowl is opened. I have read various tips on the net, among other things it should also work with a long knife with the back of which you can knock off the nut. For me, it didn’t really work, so I chose the hammer. To do this, hit the middle of the nut vigorously and keep turning it. This should open the bowl fairly evenly.
Phew, finally done, the nut is open! I didn’t have a straight break, but I found that to be less bad for my “natural” flowerpot.
As a reward for the opened nut, you should now refresh yourself with a glass of coconut water.
Then the pulp is removed from the bowl with the help of a knife. Snacking allowed!
You cut eight strands of natural cord for the hanging basket. The length depends on how far up you want to hang the hanging basket. Knot all strands together and thread a large wooden bead. Here in the instructions, the pearls are still natural, but you can, depending on your taste, light or dark glaze / stain or color them with acrylic paint before threading. I stained my pearls with walnut stain or painted white with a matt acrylic paint.
Now knot two strings together at about the height at which the upper edge of your flowerpot should lie.
Next, two strings are knotted a little deeper, so that a net structure results. The cords in the picture on the far right and far left are also knotted at the end, so that our network is given a three-dimensional structure.
Then insert the coconut shell to check where you have to tie all the threads again so that the shell is held well.
After the knot you can thread more wooden beads as you like. Then another knot, shorten the threads, the flower basket is ready.
Finally you have to plant your coconut shell. I chose a small ivy plant.
Insert coconut shell – done! Now you can hang the hanging basket on the balcony or in the garden. I chose a somewhat sheltered place on my balcony because of the wooden beads. If you want to be sure that you will enjoy the hanging basket for a long time, the best thing to do is to use wood stain / varnish for the outside.
My first macrame project is done! Do you like it? I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last …