How to Preserve a Coconut Shell Bowls


Coconut shells are versatile and can be used for various purposes, such as crafts, decorations, bowls, cups, and even musical instruments. However, before you can use them, you need to preserve them properly to prevent them from cracking, rotting, or getting infested by insects. In this blog post, we will show you how to preserve a coconut shell in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Remove the flesh and water from the coconut. You can do this by drilling holes at the eyes of the coconut and draining the water. Then, use a hammer to crack open the shell and scoop out the flesh with a knife or a spoon. You can eat the flesh or use it for other recipes.

Step 2: Clean the shell thoroughly. You can use warm water and soap to wash the shell and remove any dirt or residue. You can also use a brush or a scouring pad to scrub the inside and outside of the shell. Rinse the shell well and let it dry completely.

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Step 3: Sand the shell to smooth out any rough edges or bumps. You can use sandpaper or a file to do this. Be careful not to sand too much or you might damage the shell. You can also use a drill or a knife to make holes or cut shapes on the shell if you want to make it more decorative.

Step 4: Apply a coat of oil or wax to seal and protect the shell. You can use any natural oil, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or linseed oil, or any clear wax, such as beeswax or paraffin wax. You can use a cloth or a brush to apply the oil or wax evenly on the inside and outside of the shell. Let it dry for a few hours or overnight.

Step 5: Enjoy your preserved coconut shell. You can use it for whatever purpose you like, such as making a bowl, a cup, a candle holder, a bird feeder, or a musical instrument. You can also paint it, carve it, or embellish it with beads, shells, or feathers. Be creative and have fun!


– To prevent mold growth, store your preserved coconut shells in a cool and dry place.

– To clean your preserved coconut shells, wipe them with a damp cloth and reapply oil or wax if needed.

– To make your preserved coconut shells more durable, you can apply a coat of varnish or lacquer over the oil or wax.