top of page

DIY: Summer decorations with coconut


When summer arrives, a desire for renewal and freshness overwhelms us.

What if this year, you brought an exotic touch to your summer decoration with coconut creations? Natural, versatile and durable, coconut lends itself perfectly to DIY projects. Get ready to transform this tropical fruit into unique and eco-friendly decorative objects! Here's how to do it:

Coconut welcoming refreshing drinks
Coconuts used for refreshing drinks

Preparation of coconut materials

Choosing the right coconuts: freshness and size

The first essential step is to select fresh coconuts suitable for your projects. Opt for very ripe coconuts, with a solid shell and no cracks. Their size must correspond to the intended use: small for jewelry, large for vases or lanterns. A simple shaking test will allow you to check their freshness: you should hear the coconut water moving inside.

How to open and clean a coconut effectively?

Opening a coconut can seem intimidating, but with the right technique, it's child's play. Get a hammer and a sturdy knife. Pierce the "eyes" of the nut to extract the water, then strike the shell with the hammer, rotating gradually to create a crack. Once opened, remove the flesh using a knife and clean the shell well to remove any residue. In the West Indies, adopt the good old cutlass method, of course being careful of your fingers and others around you!

Collect and prepare the coconut husks

After cleaning the hull, allow it to dry completely. For smoother creations, you can lightly sand the inside and outside. You can also stain or varnish the hull according to your aesthetic preferences. There you have it, your shells are ready to be transformed into summer decorative objects.

Coconut lantern creations

Materials needed for coconut lanterns

To make coconut lanterns, you will need: coconut husks, tea light or LED candles, drill with different sizes of drill bits, brushes and acrylic paint.

Detailed steps for making summer lanterns

Start by drawing patterns on the shell with a pencil. Then use the drill to perforate the shell following your drawings, creating light patterns. Once the holes are drilled, clean the hull well to remove dust. You can then paint the hull according to your tastes. Insert a tea light inside and voila, your lantern is ready to light up your summer evenings.

Ideas for patterns and designs to personalize your lanterns

Let your imagination run wild by creating various patterns: stars, flowers, geometric patterns or even palm tree silhouettes. Play with the size and spacing of the holes to vary the lighting effects. You can also paint colorful patterns on the shell for an even more festive touch.

Coconut used as a flower pot to decorate
Decorative Coconut

Coconut vases and flower pots

Using coconut husks as ecological vases

Coconut husks are perfect for creating eco-friendly vases. Their natural shape and unique texture bring a touch of authenticity to your floral arrangements. In addition, they are biodegradable, thus helping to reduce your ecological footprint.

Instructions for creating original flower pots

To turn a coconut husk into a flower pot, start by drilling drainage holes in the bottom. You can then fill it with soil and plant succulents, aromatic herbs or small tropical plants. If you want to hang your pots, add ropes or chains to hang them.

Tips for caring for your plants in coconut husks

Coconut husks retain moisture well, which is ideal for some plants. However, be careful not to overwater to avoid excess humidity. Place your coconut pots in a bright place but protected from direct sunlight. A regular supply of organic fertilizer will promote the growth of your plants.

Coconut jewelry and accessories

Create coconut fiber bracelets and necklaces

Coconut fibers are ideal for making natural and elegant jewelry. To create bracelets and necklaces, start by cutting the fibers into pieces of the desired length. Then braid them by adding beads, shells or other decorative elements to personalize your creations.

Techniques for dyeing and decorating your coconut jewelry

You can dye coconut fibers with natural dyes to give them varied shades. Use plant-based colors, like turmeric for yellow or hibiscus for red. Once dyed, let the fibers dry before assembling them into jewelry. Add decorative elements like feathers, stones or metal pieces for a unique look.

Inspirations for unique and summery designs

Take inspiration from ethnic patterns, sea symbols or geometric shapes to create summer jewelry. Combine different textures and colors for original pieces. Don't hesitate to experiment with recycled materials to add an ecological dimension to your creations.

Table decorations with coconut

Make placemats and coasters from coconut fibers

Coir fibers can be woven to create sturdy and attractive placemats and coasters. Braid the fibers into circles or rectangles, then secure them with glue dots or inconspicuous stitching. These accessories bring a natural touch to your table decoration.

Ideas for elegant centerpieces with coconut husks

Use coconut husks as a base for your centerpieces. Fill them with sand, small stones and candles for a beach atmosphere. You can also use them as supports for floral arrangements or fresh fruit arrangements.

Use coconut residue for DIY scented candles

Coconut residue can be transformed into scented candles. Melt natural wax, add a few drops of coconut essential oil and pour the mixture into coconut shells. Insert a wick and let it harden. You will thus obtain ecological and deliciously scented candles.

We see a woman making a coconut candle
Coconut candle in the making

Other creative ideas for using coconut

Create mobiles and decorative suspensions from coconut

Use pieces of coconut shell and fibers to create mobiles and pendant lights. Hang shells, beads or pieces of driftwood to add charm to your creations. These aerial decorations will bring a touch of nature to your interior.

Make natural and authentic photo frames

Coconut shells can be transformed into original photo frames. Cut them into rectangular or oval shapes, then attach your photos to them with small clips or glue. You can also paint or decorate them to personalize them.

DIY soaps and cosmetics with coconut-based ingredients

Use coconut oil to make your own soaps and cosmetics. Mix coconut oil with essential oils and plant-based butters to create natural skincare products. You can also add natural exfoliants like poppy seeds or ground coffee for homemade scrubs.


Coconut is an incredibly versatile and eco-friendly material for DIY projects. It offers a multitude of creative possibilities while being respectful of the environment. In addition, it brings a touch of exoticism and naturalness to your creations.

Let your imagination run wild and don't hesitate to experiment with different projects and techniques. Share your creations with those around you and with us :-), to inspire other DIY enthusiasts to adopt more sustainable and creative practices.

This summer, challenge yourself to make your own summer decorations using coconut. Not only will you create unique and personalized objects, but you will also help reduce your ecological footprint. Join the community of eco-responsible creators and make this summer a creative and environmentally friendly season.



bottom of page