Coconut Shell Craft

My son Vyas isn’t the ‘crafty’ kind and used to run away from crayons when he was in kindergarten classes! Somehow, he seems to be enjoying artsy-craftsy and has been volunteering to do the coloring all by himself:)

So here is to ‘Shruti -aunty’ from Vyas- a candle stand made out of coconut shell and another small painted mutka (pot) after licking away the last bit of Malai Kulfi in it:)

Candle Stand

What is South Indian cooking (specially Tamilnadu and Kerala) without coconuts? Two shells made it to our shelf instead of the dust-bin this time.


1. Two empty shells scrapped cleaned from inside and outside. My MIL grated the coconut and handed out the empty shells of different sizes. But the coconuts would not break into two neat halves just when you want them to! I dipped the shells in water and scrapped the outer surface using a peeler. Did not know a better way of doing it and no time to google!

2. Vyas colored the inside and outside of both the shells, one with green and the other with brown. I’d planned to put on metallic colors but the darling had left the bottles half open after previous use and what I found in the bottles were just the cakes!

3. I stuck the two shells using M-Seal!.

4. The rangoli like design on the shells is by me. I used fabric color with glue to paint the design.

The Mutka

Vyas insisted on coloring it red (fabric color) despite the color choices! Ne’er mind. The end product did look good:) Again, I made that flower design using M-seal and colored the leaves green and the buds yellow. Wanted to put some colored twigs with flowers made of sharpened pencil remains, but no time.

The final products

Author: Vidya

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16 thoughts on “Coconut Shell Craft”

  1. So good looking. Guess you guys had fun.

    The fun and merriment had during the process of making such things is more than the actual finished product itself 🙂

    Great job Vyas and mom!!!

      1. 🙂 We never get around to finishing the products… It just metamorphoses into something else entirely… Maybe in future we will take inspiration from you guys…

        – The Alchemist and son 🙂

  2. wont the kopparais burn if it comes in contact with flame (say from a completely worn out candle)? have you fire proofed it somehow?

    1. I did not do any fire-proofing. I must make sure to put out the candle when it’s end nears:) And hope there aren’t such severe power cuts. More of a decorative thing to put on the dining table:) Now I need to buy a table!!

  3. LOL @”I need to buy a table” 🙂 I am reminded of the saying “sundakkai kaa velai, suma kooli mukka velai”. But great effort. Both look very pretty 🙂 Kudos to Vyas and the mom 🙂

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