- Arts and Design
What To Do With Coconut Leaves? Creations Made From Coco Leaf
With all the coconut uses from roots to fruits, and just when you think I'm done with the coconut talk, here goes another hub pertaining to the tree. And this time I'm going to be focusing only with the fun things that can be made from the coconut leaves.
And with the leaves or whatever you create from it, it wasn't only with the process being fun, but the uses of these creations as well. And yes, a form of livelihood. So let's see how many can we make or what things can we make from the coconut leaf.
And as I was thinking of the very first photo with coconut leaves as nipa hut walls and went into searching for image, I stumbled into something that is so beautiful. I haven't seen one like this before. A flower made from coconut leaves, and not just any flower, these are roses!
I know, I feel the same way too, ( you love those roses don't you?) And on where I found the photo above, there was a tutorial on how to make the palm rose. But I'd rather see or watch a video on how to make a rose from coconut leaves. And if you were like me whose more of a visual learner, here's the video. Hey, I don't understand the language myself but seeing how the woman made this beautiful rose is more than enough to be thankful for.
Alright, now let's go and see the leaves used as walls into this nipa hut. Not only for walls, but it is also used as this huts roof. Seeing this photo, it truly says that one can live just by using the coconut. The wood for post, husk for gardening, ( just like this hanging plant) and the fruits for food. And of course the leaves, can be used for roofing.
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Look at these. Seeing this entrance made from coconut leaves reminds me of some occasions where I've seen such entrance but with different designs. One occasion would be on Philippine town fiestas.
What is a fiesta you say? It's festivity held every year in the Philippines on 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. And what do I look forward to every fiesta? All the goodies!
May I ask the time?
I used to do this hand watch too when I was a kid. It is easy and fun to make it with my playmates, or sometimes my classmates when there is a growing young coconut tree at our school.
I can't count how many times I had wore something like this but if a kid is bored and there's not much toys to play with, one could used what's available around, right? And that could be fun times with coconut leaves. We even make it look like a more of a hand watch by drawing numbers and pointers.
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 this 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.
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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