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Published on December 15th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain

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Trash to Treasure – Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments

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This is literally a trash-to-treasure craft.

We occasionally enjoy pistachios, and and we always throw the shells in the trash.

This time, after eating the nuts, I saved the shells to use for a craft project.

At Christmas, I am always looking to add handmade ornaments to our tree.

It’s even better if we make them together as a family. So, I created these pistachio shell flower ornaments.

I would suggest that this is a craft for older kids, because of the use of the hot glue gun, but it would be just as fab using a low- temp glue gun instead.

Come look at how you can create these rose- and mum-shaped flowers from these shells.

 

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Just take a couple shells, add a little glue, and kind of wrap them around each other.

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

This makes the center part of the rose. Continue adding shells around the middle part adding three, then four etc. shells per layer.

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

The result is an open looking rose. Beautiful as it is, even prettier painted.

I just thought these were lovely. They would add pretty decor to a beach-themed room or tree.

Just continue adding layers until you are pleased with the result. Once you are done, you can pull off any hot glue strings, or use a hot hair dryer to melt them off. Careful though…too much, and the ornament will begin to fall apart.

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

The mum-style flower starts with a double layer of shells. I place two shells side by side and then add a single shell on top of them.

Next, I add another shell to the bottom layer, and add another shell between the two.  This links them together.

Create a circle as your base.

 

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

 

On top of that base, begin adding the next layer. Add shells between the bottom two shells, going for a smaller layer.

Keep adding shells until you have the whole middle filled in with shells.

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

This is what it looks like from the back side.

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Again, pull off any glue strings after the ornament has cooled.

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

I decided that I wanted silver flowers. I found a metallic silver paint, and then I also added iridescent glitter over the ornaments while the paint was wet – just to give them extra sparkly sparkle.

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

After they are dry, make sure they are completely coated in paint. Add a hanger to them so they can hang on the tree.

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Enjoy!

kris

 



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