Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Trash 2 Treasure

These mushrooms were created using old coconut shells. One I bought at a flea market and it was already cut in half. The other was a coconut my daughter used the insides to make a cake with. She was going to throw out the shell and I asked to keep it for a later project. (-:
I added a driftwood stick to hold them up.
I just sat the coconut shell on the stick. I did not glue. But you could use some glue to hold it in place I thought it might be fun to see them sway in the breeze.
I think they look pretty cool. Now I will be on the look out for more coconut shells(-:

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GardenJoy4Me said...

Cindee girl .. how you come up with these ideas is amazing ! It truly looks like a mushroom .. and I think you are right about leaving them unglued so you can see it sway a bit in the breeze .. this is really cute ! : )

Rosey Pollen said...

That is a wonderful idea...I think I know what to make for my Dad for Father's day next year now.
Thanks for sharing!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Another amazing idea! Love it! Thanks for sharing. -Jackie

CiNdEe said...

Hi Joy(-:
That idea just popped into my head. Someone also told me gourds make great mushrooms. You cut the the fat part of the gourd off and stick the skinny part inside as the stem. I am now on the look out for a few gourds(-:

Hi Rosey Pollen,
Thanks for stopping by! I think it would be a perfect gift for your Dad or anyone who loves gardening!

Hi Ellie Mae's Cottage,
Thanks! (-: Hope Ellie got over her bath and is happy today(-: Sometimes it takes Jack a whole day to forgive me(-: LOL

Crafty Gardener said...

Another great idea. I use coconut shells to make a bird feeder.

Jacque said...

I love it! I just saw three shells the other day and thought what could I do with those? I didn't pick them up because I couldn't think of anything..... now I am going to have to run around back tracking looking for them! Maybe I could just go buy some new ones... thanks for another great idea, I might paint a few red with white spots for the fairies!~Jacque

pammiejo said...

Great idea - look like the real thing! You have great eyes - seeing the possibility in something! PAM

Nola @ the Alamo said...

I love the coconut mushrooms! You are so clever!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Very cute. Good idea on how to re-use them.

~~ Melissa said...

I just so happen to know a squirrel named Sir who would gobble up those shells in no time. Shall I send him over?

CiNdEe said...

Hi Crafy Gardener,
Do you buy the coconut whole and then make the feeder or ones already cleaned out?

Hi Jacque,
Thats what happens to me. I see something then think oh well what would I need that for...Then I find a reason I should have got it.! Hope you can find them again!! The red with white spots would be so cute!!!!

Hi PammieJo,
Thanks(-: That was a really easy thing to make(-:

Hi Melissa,
LOL Send Sir over!! I am sure he would love to visit with the grey squirrels here. They could take turns tearing things apart all day! I think every grey squirrel in the area is living here now. I put out sunflower seeds to keep them from doing to much damage. (-: There is one female squirrel who will sit on the feeder all day. She even naps there, unless Jack is outside! She is a hog and won't share with the other squirrels!

ncshabbybeach said...

I also commented on GW wnated to return the favor! I love these mushrooms best they seem very organic and natural. Great thinking! You have started the wheels turning more than once in my garden, keep up the good stuff.

flowergardengirl said...

Brilliant! Look at what you did. You need your own TV gardening show.

You've been creating in the garden and I've been celebrating a birthday for my son, the 4th of July, and our anniversary. All of it too expensive. So I need a good idea like this that will save me some money. Helps that I really like coconut.

Cinj said...

I love that. You're such a creative person! I wouldn't glue them either. I'm thinking about making a wind chime out of old stir sticks and paintbrushes. Cheesehead rolled his eyes at me when I started talking about it.

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This Eclectic Life said...

Shoot! If you hadn't told me they were coconut shells, I might have believed they were a closeup of a mushroom. Not a mushroom I would care to eat, mind you, but I'd have believed.

CiNdEe said...

Hi ncshabbybeach,
Thanks! I think there are many possibilities for mushrooms. I just found another thing I had that had broke. It was a ceramic windchime bell. It was two bells on a piece of driftwood hanger. It fell and broke one bell and I couldn't figure out what to do with the other one. Then it dawned on me..."mushroom"!!!!

Hi flowergardengirl,
Happy Bday to your son and Happy Anniversery to you!!!(-: What a fun way to spend the 4th!!! I don't really like coconut just to eat but I would buy a coconut to use as a mushroom(-: Waiting for a sale...they were 2.99 at the store the other day(-:

Hi Cinj,
Thanks! I think those windchimes will be awesome. I can't wait to see them! I will want to make some too(-:

Hi Kat449,
You are so sweet! Thanks!!! Jack is a little treasure thats for sure. He is much loved and the King of the household!(-: I always stop by to see what is happening at your blog(-: I love all your creations. You are a fantastic artist!!!!

Hi This Eclectic Life,
Thanks!! I think they are pretty fun and do look pretty good as mushrooms(-:

Kudzu said...

now that's something I'm gonna have to copy soon :D my daughter works at a grocery..hmm....and those ARE so realistic, I agree with everyone!

I hope all is well!