1. Obtain the things you’ll need (below).
2. Split the coconut shell (the center, hard, round part of the coconut – not the husk) evenly in half. This can be done by sawing or hand cracking – your choice.
3. Bake the shell in a 350 degree F oven for around 20 minutes to dry out the “meat” and separate it from the shell.
4. Remove the partially dried coconut meat from the shell. Eat it if you like…
5. Measure the circumference of the shell.
6. Divide the circumference by three.
7. Mark hole placement for three holes approximately half an inch (one centimeter) from the edge of the lip and equally spaced around the circumference.
8. Drill 1⁄4 inch (0.6 cm) holes at your marks.
9. Tie a strand of jute into each hole. You can get more elaborate with more strands if you like but the basic handing basket needs only three strands to be functional.
10. Slide beads or bored shells onto the jute for decoration.
11. Gather the long ends of the jute together and tie them in a knot approximately two feet from the shell “basket”. Take care to hold the basket perpendicular to your strings so that it will hang level.