What is it with wine glasses? They always seems to break off near the stem when they drop. Which happens quite often in our house. Yup, we like to party. Not the drugs, sex and rock and roll kind of parties, mind you. More like big bonfires, drumming circles and kumbaja till the early hours of the morning. So when our wine glasses break, what do we do? We make these awesome coconut planters. It’s way more fun than just throwing them away 😀
They look stunning as a rustic center piece and can be made in a few hours. So grab those broken glasses and some coconuts and let’s get cracking shall we 😉
First things first. Cutting the coconuts and getting all the yumminess out to use later.
How To Cut and Clean A Coconut
We prefer to buy our coconuts fresh, since it works out cheaper and I love the taste of the meat when it hasn’t been desiccated yet. It’s not so coconutty. Did you know that the dried meat inside is called Copra? Me neither, LOL. Anyways to cut and clean the coconut you’ll need a glass, hacksaw and a knife. Remove all the hair on the outside of the coconut and look for three little indents at the bottom of the coconut. One of the indents will feel more squishy than the others.
Grab a sharp knife and dig that little squishy indent and the meat behind it out.
Flip the coconut onto the glass and drain the milk. Once it’s empty you can use a hacksaw to cut it in half.
Scoop the meat out with a knife and save those inside bits for later. You can and hop on over to my friend Jas’s delicious cooking site to get some amazing coconut recipes BTW.
Turning the Broken Wine Glasses and Coconuts into Planters
Eye ball the thickness of the wine stem and grab a drill bit that’s a little bit thicker and make a hole in the bottom of the coconut half. You’ll only need to drill into one of the halves since the indents should be wide enough for the stem of the wine glass to fit into. Don’t forget to drill a few small drainage holes too 😉
Mix up some strong all purpose glue and attach the wine stem to the coconut half. We used Pratley Steel Quickset but any waterproof, non-toxic glue should work.
To hide the glue we just used some of the coconut hair that we removed earlier.
Once the glue has dried you can start filling the planters.
We choose to use succulents in ours.The spikey job in the picture above is a Gasteria Flow, I think. They’re often confused with Aloes, but they require less light and make ideal house plants. They get their name from the sac-like shape of their flowers, which are supposed to resemble a stomach, hence the name gasteria, 😀 Ours have never flowered so I’m not 100% sure. Pot the offsets in a small pot, using the same soil as the mother plant and put it a warm, bright spot. Add a little bit of perlite to the mix to help aerate the soil and help retain water. It also makes the soil much lighter.
The little trailing plant is a Crassula pellucida. One of my all time fav indigenous succulents. She’s super easy to grow. Just cut one of her trails off and stick it in the ground. Each little leaf produces roots and a new plant will form in no time.
So next time someone breaks a wine glass, don’t throw it away. Save the bits and turn them into coconut planters instead.
Let me know what you think and if you have any other ideas on what we can do with broken wine glasses. I know we’ll have a few more the next time we’re singing folk songs around the camp fire 😉