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Napier, Hawke's Bay, NZ
Pistachio Happiness
A Painting For Those Who Don't Paint
Name Game
Fabulous Seats
Because pistachio shells are too darn cute to throw out

My dad sent me a bag of pistachios and I couldn't bring myself to throw away the shells. I knew they were destined for something more. A quick google search lead me to. From there the ideas just kept coming. I used most the shells and made 6 flowers. With mother's Day approaching I figured it was a good use for them to become a picture for that mother of mine.



  • How to decorate a canvas. Pistachio Happiness  - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, eat a lot of pistachios. (Bummer, right?)

    Then, wash the shells. I washed mine in some soapy water with my hands in a bowl. You can also boil them.

    As they dry, cut out a circle from some sturdy cardboard. For the big flowers the circle was ~ 2 1/2 - 3 in.

    Glue 4 shells in the center in a circle/overlapping pattern.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Pistachio Happiness  - Step 2
    Step 2

    From those 4, just keep gluing around in circles. Experiment with the direction and general "flow" of the shells.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Pistachio Happiness  - Step 3
    Step 3

    As the rows get further out, tilt the shells outward more.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Pistachio Happiness  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pretty soon you have a finished flower!

    I filled the outer spaces between the shells & cardboard with extra hot glue just to make it more sturdy.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Pistachio Happiness  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Like I said, I used pretty much all the shells from the bag and this is what I ended up with.

    It was a 1/2 lb bag I'm pretty sure...

  • How to decorate a canvas. Pistachio Happiness  - Step 6
    Step 6

    I spray painted the flower with some red spray paint. It took a few layers.

    While that was drying, I got a blank canvas and painted it with acrylic paints for the background.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Pistachio Happiness  - Step 7
    Step 7

    I then painted on a stem with more acrylics.

    With the green paint from the stem, I painted two more shells to use as leaves.

    I also painted the tips & center of the flower with orange acrylic paint.

    I have some rub on sayings for scrap booking and I used the one that says {happy} for this project.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Pistachio Happiness  - Step 8
    Step 8

    I used hot glue and super glue to put the flower in place and just hot glue for the leaves. On the leaves, I lined the inside rim with glue so it didn't leak out.

    I then placed and rubbed on the letters.

    And then I was done!

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emmilou w.
emmilou w. · Wallasey, England, GB · 12 projects
Thanks for the excellent how-to!! I love pistachios & always feel that it's such a shame to throw the shells away...No more!!Love
SaveMeSanFrancisco · 18 projects
so creative!
Caeli L.
Caeli L. · Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA · 25 projects
Awesome idea!
Nilüfer · Ankara, Ankara Province, TR · 31 projects
good idea! firstly I should find someone to eat pistachios because I dont want to put on weight. lol..
Kitty · Okotoks, Alberta, CA · 18 projects
omg yeay!! I always wanted to craft with the shells but never had an idea. thx for the how-to!!
ale_corason · Mexico City, Federal District, MX · 49 projects

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