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Shotgun Shell Crafts

Shotgun Shell Crafts

Recently, we shared all the amazing things that can be created from using brass shells.  While it is possible to use shotgun shells in reloading, it isn’t very common and most people end up throwing them away after shooting.  Before you toss them in the trash, check out these unique craft ideas for upcycling shotgun shells.  We’ll share our favorites, but the possibilities are endless.

The first idea is using shotgun shells for home décor projects.  Take a piece of wood, stain it whatever color you want, and attach shotgun shells to the wider flat side to make a hat rack.  By gluing them together, you can create just about any shape you want, like the first initial of your family’s last name, an animal, or a cross.  Add whatever accessories you want to make it more stylish.  You can also glue the shells together to make a picture frame.  Make shotgun shell candles by pouring candle wax into the hollow opening and adding a short wick inside.

There are a plethora of ideas for using shotgun shells to make Christmas decorations.  These would be particularly fun to make with kids.  You can make Christmas tree ornaments and beautiful wreaths to hang on your door.  Try attaching the shells to a string of lights and watch them glow!

Key chains and jewelry are another fun way to utilize shotgun shells.  Etsy has some gorgeous glitter coated shotgun shell key chains for sale.  If you’re willing to give it a try, you could make your own by applying glitter to the outside of the plastic shell and then attach the key chain hook and any accessories you want.  If you don’t want to use the plastic part of the shell, you can easily remove it by melting the plastic off with an iron (please check below for a link with more details on how to do this.).  The flat brass end of the bullet can then be used in gorgeous jewelry creations. 

No matter what your skill level is when it comes to crafting, you can find something fun to make with shotgun shells.  After collecting them with your Ammo-Up, put those excess shells to good use and give some of these crafts a try!

Sources and Ideas:

Check out Pinterest for all these ideas and more!Click HERE

Shotgun Shell Candles: Click HERE

How to Make Shotgun Shell String Lights: Click HERE

How to Make a Shotgun Shell Wreath: Click HERE

How to Remove Brass from a Spent Shotgun Shell: Click HERE


Your #1 Tool for Reloading: Ammo-Up COMPACT for Brass

Your #1 Tool for Reloading: Ammo-Up COMPACT for Brass
If you love to shoot, you may already be in the good habit of picking up your brass for reloading.  This is a responsible routine to get into after a shooting session because you're cleaning up after yourself and you're saving money by recycling the rounds you've just used.  Reloading may sound tedious to some, but if you have the right tools, it can be a breeze.

The Ammo-Up COMPACT for Brass was designed for the individual shooter.  It's affordable and easy to take on the go.  It's the perfect tool for any shooter who chooses to always reload.  Ammo-Up's President, Silas Dudley, designed this model for collecting and ejecting brass without having to bend over.  This also limits your exposure to lead dust.

The Ammo-Up COMPACT will pick up 9mm, 10mm, 40, 45 Auto, 38 special, 357 SIG, 308 (7.62mm), .223 (5.56mm) and much more. This Ammo-Up will pick up all rifle and pistol brass with the exception of the .22 rim-fire.  Ideal surfaces include concrete, carpet, dirt, sand, and grass up to 4-inches long.

If you need to pick up more brass at once, there are many other Ammo-Up models to choose from.  The Ammo-Up Mini, 18" Ammo-Up, and 36" Push are all great options for larger areas.  The HD 18" Ammo-Up is our newest and most durable model yet for heavy duty jobs. 

Whether your'e looking to get the most out of your personal brass, or you're gathering brass from an entire shooting range, Ammo-Up has the machine for you.  This will make starting the process of reloading fast, easy, and fun. 

Crafty Uses for Brass Casings

Crafty Uses for Brass Casings
These days people come up with crafty ideas using almost anything.  If you've been utilizing your Ammo-Up for picking up brass casings, you might be surprised to discover the many ways people use them in DIY projects.
You could collect your brass and sell it on websites like Etsy in a bundle.  For example, Cartridge Commander is an Etsy seller who has a 40 pack of 45 caliber thin sliced bullet casings on sale for about $34.  If you're not planning on using your brass for reloading, you could sell your excess or up-cycle those casings with the following creative ideas.  

Brass casings can be used in home decor projects and you can make them as simple or complex as you want.  Fill a jar or bottle with brass and display it on a shelf.  If you have some time and a glue gun you can try making a bullet flag or decorating a clock or picture frame with your brass.  Make a brass bullet wind chime if you want to get really creative.

You can also make school/office supplies with your brass.  Push pins, key chains, and magnets are just a few examples of what you can create to make everyday supplies unique.

Bullet jewelry is another popular way to use brass.  You can make necklaces, rings, earrings, and even hair barrettes using the casings.  This may take some practice, but the results will be worth it.

The last idea we'll share might be the most unique of all.  If you've ever played the peg game, you know they're typically made from wood.  This version uses 45 mm casings for the pegs.  This would definitely be a conversation piece if you displayed it in your home and it puts a fun spin on the game.
To get started, check out the links below for DIY instructions and sources for these ideas.  The caliber sizes you choose to use will depend on which craft you're making and the Ammo-Up machines will pick up any caliber except for .22 rimfire.

Get your Brass Ammo-Up here and start crafting: AmmoUp.com

Check out Pinterest for countless more ideas like these! Click HERE
Sources and Ideas:

Bullet Flag: Click HERE
Clock: Click HERE
Picture Frame: Click HERE
Wind Chime: Click HERE
Push Pins: Click HERE
Key Chains: Click HERE
Magnets: Click HERE
DIY Bullet Necklace: Click HERE
Peg Game: Click HERE