This easy coconut tree craft project should take around 2 hours to complete, or longer if your kids want to put more detail into the tree and ornaments. Also, if their attention span is longer than my 4 year old’s.
- a branch from outdoors and pruners to cut it
- a container for the branch
- block of Styrofoam to keep the branch upright in the container
- craft moss
- bag of coconut
- rose hips, holly berries or other natural berries
- ornament hooks
The location of your coconut tree will determine what size branch you will need to prune. Make sure it is free of spiders and insert into your container with the Styrofoam to keep upright. If the Styrofoam is not large enough, crumple some newspaper to keep straight.
Take your glue and start squeezing onto branches where you want the coconut snow to be adhered.
This could get sticky. My coconut snow supply was slowly disappearing. Make sure you have enough ensuring your children get a treat too.
Once you and your children are satisfied with the results of the coconut snow, put your heavy clothes back on to collect berries outside. Red rose hips were closest to our home, so I choose to use them. Gently push the ornament hooks through the hips and strategically place them on your coconut tree. Finally, place the moss on top of your conatiner to hide the foam and top dress with fresh fallen coconut.
You could really take this craft project much further if your children are older by spraying the branches with white glitter and dipping the rose hips in red glitter and so on.
This is one decoration need not be stored. Just toss into your fireplace or chiminea and make another treasure next year and start a new tradition.
Diana Gardner-Williams www.dianadigsdirt.com
Landscape Design and Installation