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What To Do With Coconut Leaves? Creations Made From Coco Leaf

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What can you make from coconut leaves?

What can you make from coconut leaves?

With all the different uses of coconut, and just when you think I'm done talking about this tropical tree, there are just more to share about the coconut so here goes another article. And this time I'm going to be focusing only with the fun things that can be made from the coconut leaves.

Living in a tropical place and growing up with coconut trees around, aside from using the coconut leaves for wrapping delicacies such as the Filipino favorite rice cake suman, the leaves served as toy as well for kids living a simple life in the province, back when there's no cellular phones yet and there were no online games to play. I used to make a made up wrist watch made from coconut leaves like other kids. It was fun and a challenges the creativity. With that said, do you know any other uses for the coco leaf? Feast your eyes in this list with photos just in case one day, you find yourself in need of ideas.

Creative Uses of Coconut Leaves

A creation that will make you want to learn and do it yourself are these flowers beautifully made from young coconut leaves. Who wouldn't want roses made like these? They may not be real roses but they sure are better than the plastic ones.

Beautiful roses made from the leaves of coconut.

Beautiful roses made from the leaves of coconut.

I know, I feel the same way too, you love those roses don't you? Sharing here is a video tutorial on how to make roses using coconut leaves. If you're more of a visual learner like I am, this tutorial is a must watch so you'll be making the flowers yourself in no time. I don't understand the language either if that caught your attention, but seeing how the woman made this beautiful rose is enough, no subtitles needed.

Video Tutorial of Making Coconut Leaf Flower

Alright, now let's go and see the leaves used as walls in this nipa hut. Not only for walls, but coconut leaves are also used for roofing. From the coconut tree being so useful as post and even for walls along with the leaves, one can indeed have a roof over his head just relying on this tropical tree. Also notice the coconut husk being used as a hanging planter.

Woven coconut leaves used in this beautiful nipa hut for walls.

Woven coconut leaves used in this beautiful nipa hut for walls.

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Look at these. Seeing this entrance made from coconut leaves reminds me of some occasions where I've seen such entrances but with different designs. One occasion would be in Philippine town fiestas.

What is a fiesta you say? It's a festivity held every year in the Philippines in 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.

Coconut leaves for entrances or gates.

Coconut leaves for entrances or gates.

Wrist Watch

I used to do this hand watch too when I was a kid. It is easy and fun to make with my playmates, or sometimes my classmates when there is a growing young coconut tree in our school.

I can't count how many times I played, created and wore something like this but if a kid is bored and there's not much toys to play with, one could use what's available around, right? Life was simple back then where kids make and play with made up toys. Pick up a pen and add numbers to it and you'll have a more convincing wrist watch.

What time is it sir?

What time is it sir?

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.

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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.

Yummy!

Yummy!

And what about this beautiful decoration made from young coconut leaves? These are just amazing and a good amount of time is put into making it.

And what about this beautiful decoration made from young coconut leaves? These are just amazing and a good amount of time is put into making it.

Coco Basket

Where to put those goodies you say? Well, what about these 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. These will make a good item too with stuffs for a gift.

Beautifully made baskets from coconut leaves.

Beautifully made baskets from coconut leaves.

Toys

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.

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Richard Lindsay from California on April 04, 2016:

Great post, I don't have any coconut trees around. But personally I wouldn't have much time to do these things either. For those that do it is a great post.

precy anza (author) from USA on October 06, 2012:

Thanks livingsta ^-^' They are! And would go on my first spot :) The lady who made those palm roses was so talented. Thanks fro dropping by.

livingsta from United Kingdom on October 05, 2012:

Wow...I love the flowers, the hat and the basket...awesome...

Voted up, awesome and sharing !!!

precy anza (author) from USA on June 18, 2012:

I just knew it! Lol. *drooling at tupig* You can have the suman but I'll snatch the tupig when you're not looking. ^-^'

Tina Siuagan from Rizal, Philippines on June 18, 2012:

Why are you so good in guessing? Hahaha! I can survive a day eating nothing but suman or "tupig" hehehe! :)

precy anza (author) from USA on June 18, 2012:

@ thesingernurse: Lol. So I'm guessing suman is your wekness?! Ha!ha! They all wrapped beautifully which makes it more attractive ^-^'

@ jpcmc: I agree. Philippines a lots of coconut trees :) Once we had lived in a coconut grove. If only I could have a fresh buko now.... that would be sweet! ^-^'

@ dinkan53: Thank you for dropping by and commenting :) And yes, I couldn't think of other trees which has uses from its roots up to its fruit.

@ StephanieBCrosby: Yes. I was surprised either on how much I had found online. And they are really artistic. A treat to look at :)

@ Kbdare: Thank you KB ^-^'

@ learner365: Thank you! And I'm glad to know you already are making roses, it's not going to be hard for you to do it with the coconut leaf. ^-^' Unlike me, I have to watch that video to learn. Lol.

@ Claudia Tello: *nods* Yup. :) They sure have some gift of creativity ^-^' And I love watching people doing such things.

@ Aviannovice: Thank you Avian! ^-^' And I learn something from your hubs too! Now.. now..... where's the hummingbirds? Ha!ha! Have a good afternoon! :)

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 15, 2012:

You are always teaching me something new. Thank you so much for sharing your customs, I love it.

Claudia Tello from Mexico on June 14, 2012:

I am always amazed by the handiness and creativity of craftsmen that can make such beautiful things out of nature´s resources. I wish I had more time to try to make some of these lovely crafts.

Saadia A on June 14, 2012:

Wow, i loved the idea of using coconut leaves for making roses. I know how to make roses from ribbons so at least its an another alternative that i can use for the purpose.

Thank you for sharing such an interesting Hub.Loved the whole of it. My vote up and sharing !!!

Kbdare from Western US. on June 14, 2012:

How very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on June 14, 2012:

This is a really interesting and beautiful hub. While I knew there were many uses for the leaves, I never saw so many in one place. They are truly artistic and nice to look at.

dinkan53 from India on June 14, 2012:

Great hub with beautiful pictures. Not only the leaf almost every part of the coconut tree has good use as seen in many domestic, commercial and industrial applications. I don't know about other Asian countries, I really heard that, coconut Leaves are used to wrap white rice called Puso. Rated your hub as beautiful and interesting.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on June 14, 2012:

Truly fascnating! The Philippines is a country with lots of coconut trees. We even have a government agency for these trees - The Philippine Coconut Authority. What they do I just don't know.

The coconut leaves roses are just adorable.

Tina Siuagan from Rizal, Philippines on June 14, 2012:

Everything's beautiful! But I have to admit, the suman goodies has done it again! They never fail to get my attention! :)

Thanks for sharing!

precy anza (author) from USA on June 14, 2012:

@ Anamika S: Thank you ^-^' And I bet those flowers you made was beautiful too. :)

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on June 14, 2012:

Beautiful! I make similar flowers using satin ribbons and crape paper.

precy anza (author) from USA on June 14, 2012:

Hi Rajan, I enjoy reading such wonderful comment. And yes it is a visual treat. ^-^' Thanks for the link. I found your "Health Benefits of Coconut" hub and linked back. You have interesting photos there as well and great information. :)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 13, 2012:

Amazing hub, awesome pictures. This hub is a visual treat and excellently written. I just have to include a link to this wonderful hub in my hub on health benefits of coconut.

I haven't seen such beautiful pictures and the variety of uses of coconut leaves.

Voted up and all the way across. Shared this hub all over.

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