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Reader Question: What to Make With Empty Shotgun Shells?

17 April 2011 15,932 views 5 Comments

by rhonda

The reader questions keep on a-rollin' in!  This is another good one, so it's time to put on your extra-creative thinking caps!  Via our Facebook fan page, Ana made an inquiry about one of those things she's been saving but has no idea what to make with them:  empty shotgun shells.  You know, the big ones with a brightly colored plastic sheath.  She has yellow, orange, and red shells to work with.

While I was searching for a picture of a shotgun shell to show exactly what we're talking about, I came across this Christmas ornament idea.

How cute is that??   The page I found it on was a free image site, so there wasn't a tutorial attached, but I think that it would be pretty simple to figure out how to make a shotgun shell Santa ornament just by looking at the picture.

Alright guys.  Now that your gears are turning, we want to know  your thoughts!  What would you make with empty shotgun shells?

[photo by johninportland @ morguefile.com]

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  • heather said:

    On twitter: @kimisen said: I have seen them strung with clear Christmas lights inside to make a really cool light set!

  • Kathy said:

    I see them used in jewelry – they can hold things like stubbed pencils, etc. Check out http://susan-lenart-kazmer.blogspot.com/ – Susan uses them in jewelry alot.

  • jek said:

    I would make a garland or cake stand or tiny planter…seed starter? ;)
    Mister says use them to turn your shoes into platform shoes and the nephew a-go-go would turn them into a collection of mini rocket ships.

  • Peaches said:

    I have uncles who pour in paraffin and use them as emergency/camping candles. I think that’s not uncommon. *HOWEVER* of course, they need to be washed/soaked first. Regardless of the project, I don’t think I would bring them indoors till they soak 24 hours.

  • judi said:

    Here’s the thing, shotgun shells are covered with lead. I don’t think I’d try to create something with them. I’d find a reloader and gift them to him or her. Shotgun shells can be reloaded with shot and used again.