What To Do With Coconut Leaves? Creations Made From Coco Leaf
With all the different uses of coconut, and just when you think I'm done talking about this tropical tree, there are just more to share about the coconut so here goes another article. And this time I'm going to be focusing only with the fun things that can be made from the coconut leaves.
Living in a tropical place and growing up with coconut trees around, aside from using the coconut leaves for wrapping delicacies such as the Filipino favorite rice cake suman, the leaves served as toy as well for kids living a simple life in the province, back when there's no cellular phones yet and there were no online games to play. I used to make a made up wrist watch made from coconut leaves like other kids. It was fun and a challenges the creativity. With that said, do you know any other uses for the coco leaf? Feast your eyes in this list with photos just in case one day, you find yourself in need of ideas.
Creative Uses of Coconut Leaves
A creation that will make you want to learn and do it yourself are these flowers beautifully made from young coconut leaves. Who wouldn't want roses made like these? They may not be real roses but they sure are better than the plastic ones.
I know, I feel the same way too, you love those roses don't you? Sharing here is a video tutorial on how to make roses using coconut leaves. If you're more of a visual learner like I am, this tutorial is a must watch so you'll be making the flowers yourself in no time. I don't understand the language either if that caught your attention, but seeing how the woman made this beautiful rose is enough, no subtitles needed.
Video Tutorial of Making Coconut Leaf Flower
Alright, now let's go and see the leaves used as walls in this nipa hut. Not only for walls, but coconut leaves are also used for roofing. From the coconut tree being so useful as post and even for walls along with the leaves, one can indeed have a roof over his head just relying on this tropical tree. Also notice the coconut husk being used as a hanging planter.
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- Uses Of Coconut Tree From Roots To Fruits
Most of us love the fresh coconut juice as it is refreshing. But not only the coconut fruit itself is beneficial in use as there are other things that can be made from the coconut, from its roots up to the fruits.
Look at these. Seeing this entrance made from coconut leaves reminds me of some occasions where I've seen such entrances but with different designs. One occasion would be in Philippine town fiestas.
What is a fiesta you say? It's a festivity held every year in the Philippines in every provinces or towns where the celebration last for a day. It is usually started with a parade and the town would be decorated with colorful fiesta banners.
I used to do this hand watch too when I was a kid. It is easy and fun to make with my playmates, or sometimes my classmates when there is a growing young coconut tree in our school.
I can't count how many times I played, created and wore something like this but if a kid is bored and there's not much toys to play with, one could use what's available around, right? Life was simple back then where kids make and play with made up toys. Pick up a pen and add numbers to it and you'll have a more convincing wrist watch.
What about this hat?
It looks beautiful and I could wear one like this while under the sun either walking on the beach, farm or on the rice field.
Someone has to teach me first how to weave coconut leaves to make this hat, it would be fun to make one like this.
This makes me hungry. Another great use for the coconut leaves is for wrapping this Philippine goodies made from glutinous rice and is called "suman sa ibos," (above photo.) It might look like wrapping each one of these a hard thing to do but, no it wasn't though it might take some time but its worth it. I love unwrapping a suman sa ibos and dipping it into sugar.
This one here is called "puso," which is boiled rice wrapped in coconut fronds and is also called by other names in other Asian countries.
Where to put those goodies you say? Well, what about these baskets? You can put it all in here. Or might not be a good idea as those goodies might be heavy for this basket. Still, you can put lighter items in here such as papers, newspapers or table napkins. These will make a good item too with stuffs for a gift.
This game is called "sipa," where one plays with a rattan made ball where the player tosses the ball and kicking it with the side of his/her heel without letting the ball touches the ground.
Although the ball is usually made of rattan, it could be made from other available items such as a ball woven from coconut leaves! And to think of it, this reminds me of few male friends in high school who plays sipa with a stone wrapped in a plastic.
Up for a poll?
Of all the things that can be made from the coconut leaves, which one you like most?
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