Coral garden –
The upcycling reef to create together!

Coral reefs – the rainforests of the sea – are colorful, diverse and full of species. Unfortunately, many reefs are under severe threat – from the effects of climate change and pollution. The project ” Coral garden – the upcycling reef to create together!” wants to draw attention to this fragile habitat and create an upcycling reef through collective handwork at the Übersee-Museum Bremen. So many different corals are created from already used or unused materials. Whether crocheting, braiding, knitting, twisting or knotting – everyone can learn new things or develop them!

Until October 16, 2021, corals can be brought to the Übersee-Museum Bremen during the opening hours. Of course you can also send us the corals by post – password “Korallengarten” Übersee-Museum Bremen, Bahnhofsplatz 13, 28195 Bremen. Jutta Schröder & the coral garden team of the Übersee-Museum wish you a lot of fun while upcycling!

Please be sure to include a consent form with your submission, which you can download here:

Creative dive – instructions & suggestions

To get started on the project, whether as an individual or a group, we’ve compiled PDFs with the project details, ideas, and instructions here.

Upcycling coral reef workshops

Regularly scheduled coral workshops allow aspiring coral gardeners to come together and learn more about upcycling techniques for the “coral garden” in the museum or at home, but also about the diversity and importance of real coral reefs. For the moment, the events will take place in the form of online workshops.

Coral inspiration

Check out the Übersee Museum’s interactive reef. Here you can discover some coral species in the Red Sea.

To the interactive coral reef

Send us photos and craft ideas!

Photos of the coral reef
You have designed your own small or large coral reef and cannot or do not want to leave your artwork for the Übersee-Museum? Then let us participate from afar in the creation process and especially in the completed coral reef: send us photos (not larger than 5 MB) to Also indicate whether we may publish the photos online – on our website and social media channels, with/without attribution.

New coral craft ideas
Have you developed a new technique or have you got a good idea how to create great upcycled corals? We welcome input on new coral craft ideas:


There are no upcoming events at this time.