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Pistachio shell art

Updated on August 23, 2017

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People usually throw pistachio shells once after they eat the pistachio. But I had this craze of collecting them from when I was small. You can do it too and one day when I was thinking to throw them out this idea flashed my mind, of doing something creative out of it and I started sticking them onto a paper in the form of flowers and started trying out 3D shapes out of them though I wasted few of the shells in the beginning I made good looking things like flowers, bowls, pen stands, photo frames out of it. I then thought of sharing it with all of you through this lens. I hope after reading this some of you might also start collecting the pistachio shells. Happy reading :)

pistachio shell wall hanging
pistachio shell wall hanging

Pistachio shell wall hanging

This looks beautiful on your walls. Wall hanging was the first thing I made out of pistachio shells. The one next to you is good looking as well as easy to make. It might take only 15min to make it when you have all the materials.

Here's how you get started:

Paint the pistachio shells as per your choice of the flower color and let it dry and by that plan the design on your paper or thick cardboard. You can make a vase or a pot and paint or just keep it plain to make the one on the right.

Start sticking the shells in the order of petals around a small circle or dot.

You can make flowers of five petals to make it look pretty and you can add more shells to make flowers with more petals.

You can give outline for your cardboard and use wax crayons to color the surrounding part of the flowers.

Stick a small string behind the cardboard and your wall hanging is ready to go on your wall.

3D flowers from pistachio shells

Pistachio shell flowers are very attractive and can be placed on tables and on your desk.

They are quite interesting to make also. Here is how you make one:

All you need is pistachio shells, paints and glue.

Paint all the shells with your favorite color preferably metallic or you can also paint once the flower is done.

Stick two shells facing each other and let them dry a little bit.

Then stick your third shell onto a side of the two shells and the fourth one opposite to it.

Let this dry and continue sticking the shells the same way filling the gaps giving time for each one to dry for a few minutes. you can continue sticking the shells as shown in the pictures below till you get a sufficiently big flower.

If you paint the shells with metallic colors, you can also place them in a dish containing water. This can be placed in the places where the light falls and it looks very classy and beautiful.

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Pistachio shell bowl

This kind of a bowl is unique and simple to make though looks a little complicated.

Things all you need are:

Pistachio shells about 150-200 to make a medium sized bowl.

Non toxic glue(since you can store food in that bowl).

Parchment paper or plastic wrap.

A bowl which is to be used as a mold.

Mix all the shells with non toxic glue in a bowl.

wrap the bowl used for molding with plastic wrap, turn it over and dab the shells onto the bowl and spread it evenly with even thickness.The more thick the bowl is, stronger it will be.

Let it dry completely and carefully remove the plastic wrap and fill the gaps with glue to make it even and let it dry completely overnight.

Your bowl is ready to use. Even food can be stored in this bowl since you use non toxic glue for the making of the bowl.

You can also paint the outer side of the bowl.

Pistachio shell photo frames

This one looks perfect on any wall, requires less time to make and gives your wall a different look.

You can also gift it to your loved ones.

Here is how you make it:

It is the same technique as that of the bowl but here you can use any strong glue of your choice.

Things you'll need:

About 100 shells

Dried flowers, star anise, sea shells, pearls, pine cones(optional)


A plastic sheet

Get started:

Mix all the things you have in a bowl with enough glue except dried flowers (if you are using).You can use whole pistachio shells or you can make it into pieces.( one shell can be made into three pieces not very small)

Now carefully spread the mixture evenly with even thickness on the plastic sheet in you desired shape and size.

You can make a heart shaped or just a rectangle or a circular frame, leaving place in middle for your photograph.

Tip: The mixture should be thick enough so that it does not spread too much and change its shape.

Once you are done, you can stick the dried flowers here and there on the sides of the frame,

don't move the plastic sheet and leave it to dry overnight.

After your frame is dried completely, remove it from the paper. It will be strong enough to stand on a table. You can paint it if you want. I suggest to leave it like that to give it a natural look.

Its time to make a pouch to insert a photo:

dab a little more glue along the three sides of the frame except above. The cardboard should be little less than the size of the frame.

stick the cardboard and let it dry.

You can stick a rectangular or triangular piece of cardboard to make its stand.

You photo frame is now ready to be put on the table with you favorite photographs in it.

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What do you think about this art? - And don't forget to scroll down after you put down your comments:) coz there is more!

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    • starfairy lm profile image

      starfairy lm 3 years ago

      Thanks Rebecca!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Pretty thing from pistachio shells! Clever!

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      Love it! Fab idea, thanks for sharing... love the shell flowers :)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I've just been throwing them in the compost - the bowl looks like a fun project to try

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      erfanstreet 4 years ago

      This is an interesting lens. love idea of using pistachio shells. thanks for share :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow amazing i like flowers the most

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      fun ideas!

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @techmom: that s nice :)

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @techmom: that s cool hope you get more creative ideas once you start making them

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      Loganor 5 years ago

      A friend of mine just won 20 lbs of pistachios in a raffle - I have to pass this on to her - LOL

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      CreativeGal 5 years ago

      i love the idea of using pistachio shells! Terrific!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      If you're creative enough you can make art out of anything.

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      techmom 5 years ago

      My son kept some and wanted to do a craft with them. Maybe now we will!

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @halloweenprops: ty:)

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @VscorpianC: thanks :) hope you come out with more ideas once you start making

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      Valentina Cabral 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      This is a really interesting lens, I luv pistachio and you have me thinking about all the shells I've tossed...I'm going to try some of these ideas, thanks for sharing

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      Wow, I'd never seen this done with pistachio shells before. Amazing!

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @Winter52 LM: thank you :)

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      It's so cool! I never would have thought of it either!

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @lkamom: thanks :)

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      Heather McGlaughlin 5 years ago from Marryland

      Pistachio shell art, wow who would have thought. Really cool!