Beware Of Falling Coconut!

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    Sounds good. Maybe you could fasten them to the wall beside the window, instead of the ceiling, and offset them a little? It might be stronger.

    Don't pay any attention to me. It took me a year to remodel a little closet. :eek::rolleyes:
     
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    ...I was going to mention that.;)

    Since the section of plastic drain is 10 ft, and the ceiling is 8' 4"", I plan to saw the upper end down 2 ft and bend them over, and use the ends to attach the leaves. I also thought of fishing line to support the top. Not sure how the numbers run for strength.
     
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    When our fence got taken out by a drunk driver, he also demolished two full yard waste containers. The green lids survived, and I cut one up into the shape of 6 leaves, and attached them to one of the old contour hubcaps.

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    The other two trees will have paper leaves.
     
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    Well, today I spray painted the hubcap on my sculpted palm tree (unattached) I took the container, trunk, inner supports down to the garage and dry fitted them together. I had a 10' piece of 1/4' plywood, 3 1/2 inches wide in the rafters, that fits nicely inside the 4" drain pipe. The post on the base, along with the plywood and 2 pool noodles, supported the trunk nicely. When I attach the sculpted, I will have to shorten the top of the trunk, cutting flaps at the top, to attach to the hubcap. I will need some restraint, using wire. When I add the cement to the base, I may not need any, other to make sure it can't fall over.

    I made a trip to Michael's craft center to buy Green poster boards for the leaves on the other two trees, along with a roll of brown wrapping paper for the sand, white colored paper to top off the sky, blue water paper & bubble wrap for the surf.
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    I made two corner cutouts of palm leaves outside the window, from the green poster boards.
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    Then I unwrapped the dozen coconut cups from the dollar store, taping a piece of string on the inside of the top, using the straw hole. I then super glued the to halves together. These will be tied to the center of the leaves.
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    I liked the idea of an orange Moon/Sun, and found a glitter poster board, that I cut into a circle. It is a uniformed golden glitter, but acts weird, when photographed with a flash.
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    Enough for now.... good start.
     
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    Harry Nilsson - Coconut (1972)
     
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    THE COCONUT TREE
    SREENIDHI IS STUDYING FIRST CLASS IN CHEGU VIDYALAYAM SHE HAS A POEM ON COCONUT TREE
     
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    Nice Moon/Sun. The palm leaves look great. It's all coming together. :) Good luck!
     
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    Well, it is "Crunch" time on the Island! Last week, our daughter and family were visiting from CO, and it was a busy week. Vacation Bible School begins on the 15th, and I spent the last few days decorating the three windows.:cool:

    I have scaled back the Coconut Palm tree part of the project, to two 7 foot trees. I plan to paint the trunks today, and assemble them tomorrow on site. I will include some pictures, but they have not been a priority up to now.;)


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    Here are pictures of the finished windows, with flash and without. There is 6 ft of wall between the windows.
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    Many others have been decorating elsewhere, and I liked these clever ideas.

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    Life preservers made from red pool noodles.

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    Small palm trees made from umbrellas.

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    Anchor "chain" from sliced, black pool noodles.
     

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    Those windows look great. Good job Joe!
     
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    This is the picture that I used to scale down to fit the three windows. BeachEmpty_Med.jpg
     
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    Well the two coconut palm trees are up! I decided that they were too much, between the windows, so moved them to the wall to the left of the windows. The two look better, by themselves.

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    There is a 7 foot 2x2 that runs inside the trunk, and pool noodles are beside it.
    I cut the front of the trunk, above the wood off, leaving the back half (16") to support the tree top.
    I screwed the tree leaf to the hubcap and 2x2 from the front. I cut a groove with a hacksaw across the top of the 2x2, and hung the hubcap on the top of the 2x2.
    There is a ring around the back of the hubcap, which I hammered into the groove and hammered heavy U-staples down over the wire.


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    I also filled the container with large pebble rocks, for weight. This made the tree stable and I didn't have to wire it up.

    Rather than paint the trunk, I used a roll of 6" wide brown masking paper, to spiral around the length of the trunk and then wrapped clear 2" packing tape around the trunk in a spiral pattern. Much simpler. I tied on 3 coconuts to each tree and they were finished.
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