Pistachio Shell Flowers

I saw this on some list for crafts nobody has time for, but in all honesty, they really didn’t take much time at all and it’s actually kind of a relaxing process.

 

Supplies:

  • Pistachio shells (rinsed and dried)
  • Cardboard
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

1. Remove any excess bits of nut still attached to the shell 
and sort out any burnt, broken, or discolored shells. (I just set mine aside, because I think they still look cool and am thinking up a way to use them.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Cut a circle out of the cardboard (I used a tissue box).

 

3. Put hot glue in the center of the cardboard and overlap four shells to form an X shape. You can reinforce them by putting a line of glue around the base of them where they attach to the cardboard. Push the shells together tightly so they form a nice X, unlike my sloppy first attempt.

 

4. Put hot glue on each shell and circle around the X shells in the middle.

 

5. Continue to circle around the center. Push the bottom of the shells toward the middle so that the shells naturally begin to lay flatter the farther from the middle they get.

 

6. If your flower didn’t turn out as round as you would have hoped (shame on me for not using a perfectly round piece of cardboard), you can hot glue extra shells around the edges to fill them in. To do this, put hot glue on the bottom lip of the shell and glue to the shells in front of it.
Ta-da! Now you have a pretty flower. See, it wasn’t that hard. 
Stay tuned for a post on how to use your beautious new flowers.

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