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Monday, November 22, 2010

This Is Nuts!

Coconuts, that is.
When I mentioned in a post that COCONUTS weren't exactly holiday decorations, Carol over at 
The Antique Texan totally called me out and threw down the gauntlet. She challenged me to make something shiny out of these things, so without further ado, 
we're going full on Christmas with these babies!
So, what you'll need to recreate this potential disaster is:

3 whole coconuts
2 halves of coconut shells, which have been used around here to make galloping hoof sounds. I know. We really just aren't right at all.
Silver spray paint
Hot glue
Flat backed gems
Flat backed marbles and embellishments
Pearls by the yard
A display stand. I used THIS ONE
Haul your weird materials outside.
Spray paint your coconuts silver. This only took one coat. I was really surprised.
Okay, now stare at it and hope for an epiphany.
As said Eureka! moment hits, hope that this is really going to work.
Grab 9 of these and the hot glue.

Glue them to the funny little indentations. 
Are you really still reading this?
Make swirls with the hot glue and sprinkle glitter all over the place.
Have a sip of wine and be amused at how many projects you have going at once.
Now, pile this hot mess into a pedestal bowl. Add some SILVER SEASHELLS. Fill the coconut halves with gems and marbles. Wind some pearls through the whole thing. Go ahead and hot glue a big glittery butterfly to it as long as you're at it.

Step 217: spray paint some starfish to distract your audience.

Okay, fine, I actually like it. Thanks, Carol, for making me think outside the box!
Cost of this project? I had everything on hand, so it really only cost me my dignity.


Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Ha. That is AWESOME. You know what would also be sweet? A garland made from pieces of coconut shell. Love how you used the pearls, btw.

Heather said...

You are something else! No challenge seems to scare you! Great job!

Deb said...

This first thing that popped into my head was "That looks like a silver Thanksgiving turkey on a platter - how cool!!"

It's clearly NOT a silver Thanksgiving turkey so I should probably lay off the wine....

Anonymous said...

This turned out pretty nice. I was a little concerned when I first saw the spray painted shells...Great Job :)

Michelle L. said...

I don't think I have ever laughed so hard at coconuts. Er, come to think of it, I don't think I have ever laughed at coconuts. I am so, so, so happy you exist! said...

Love all the sea life crafts. Fabulous. Thanks for checking out my blog.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Only you Sunny!!! I really like the silvery starfish in the covered vase!!

Musings from Kim K. said...

You really are addicted to spraypaint. I love your creativity. Keep it coming! Your blog always brightens my day.

Carol said...

BWAHAHA... Now that I'm like a big blogger bully and stuff, for your next challenge, you should totally do something with coconuts in Christmas colors... AND without your trusty spray paint!

I'll get you, my pretty ; )


Unknown said...

Ahahaha! That is TOO funny! And yes, I grew up making hoof noises with coconuts, too... although I was reenacting that awesome swallow scene from Monty Python when I did it.

I like your coconuts (LOL), but I am in LOVE your starfish! Those look amazing in that apothecary jar!!


Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I never would have thought to spray paint coconuts (or have coconuts for that matter). But, it works!

Sherri B. said...

Ha Ha you are so funny! It turned out good, I had my doubts but shame on me for not having the faith.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

You definately pulled it off! Really the sparkle.(-:

Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

Too cool Sunny! Love it. I always copy down the "drink wine" part of your tutorials so I don't forget the important part. ;)

Vonda said...

I knew you could do this, but Carol's next challenge. HMMMM, no spray paint? I eagerly await....

we three dogs and me said...

congrat to you. They are absolutly beautiful. Howclever. I don't have any cocunuts but I am going to get some silver and gold paint and spray up something and make it pretty. Happy Thanksgiving

The Autocrat: Haley said...

That is way out of the box!! Good job!

Katherine said...

Wow, I didn't know how you were going to pull this one off, but somehow, you did! When you put it all together, it makes for a pretty under the sea holiday themed vignette! Have a Happy Thanksgiving & thanks for linking up!!

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

You know somehow this works for me, don't know what it is but i like it. The silver coconut, is just awesome. I love the texture of it. Great job, once again, and I think even your dignity should still be intact :)

THANKS for linking up to **Amaze me August**

Sorry I couldn't meet you while down in Florida. That would have been awesome :) Oh wells, are you heading down to Georgia anytime soon, lol???

Bella :)

Denise said...

Yes. You are! And that's why I enjoy visiting so much. Keep up the nutty posting.

P.S. Like the sprayed silver shells (and even the coconuts) a lot.

Susan Anderson said...

Impressive! You rose to the challenge, for sure!


Judie said...

One of the krewes at Mardi Gras in New Orleans throws decorated coconuts at one of the parades. Well, they don't really throw them, 'cause that could hurt! But they do pass them out to the crowd! I actually have one. Now I am thinking about what else I can do with it! Great post!

a moderate life said...

Hi Sunny! I am visiting you from Alphabet thursday and am now following your blog in an effort to be more motivated to DIY around my old house! This project goes to show that anything can be holiday if you throw some sparkles and silver paint on it! I love it! All the best! Alex@amoderatelife

Teresa said...

I love it! So fun and shiny!

Pondside said...

I am always amazed by the creativity I find on blogs - I don't have a creative bone, but with instructions like these, I just might get it together!

RNSANE said...

That's is hysterical...I really like it because I LOVE coconut and I got to eat it before starting my project!

Jenny said...

You always make me laugh!

You have such a 'no fear' approach to trying new things that you are incredibly inspiring.

Thanks for a nifty and fun stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "N".

You are really neat!