Shotgun Shell Crafts

News | May 07, 2020


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


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