Published on December 15th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Trash to Treasure – Pistachio Shell Flower Ornaments
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.
Just take a couple shells, add a little glue, and kind of wrap them around each other.
This makes the center part of the rose. Continue adding shells around the middle part adding three, then four etc. shells per layer.
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.
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.
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.
This is what it looks like from the back side.
Again, pull off any glue strings after the ornament has cooled.
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.
After they are dry, make sure they are completely coated in paint. Add a hanger to them so they can hang on the tree.