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January 23, 2019 Events Calendar 4 comments

Our reuse & recycle series is back with a 3rd edition, offering 6 creative DIY ideas to reuse pistachio shells.

I go nuts with some nuts like pistachios! Now don’t get me wrong, I love the flavour of pistachios and love to have them just like that or in icecream, kulfi, milkshake, chocolate, chikki bar, dry fruit laddoo, salted, roasted and many other forms. Just thinking about having pistachios in different forms is prompting me to write more about them, but that post is for another day.

So coming to the point, what drives me crazy is getting that nut out of its shell. I always end up having a pack of nuts lying in my refrigerator that are hard to shell. I can neither throw them nor use them.

For those who are struggling with the same issue, do check out the below video for a simple trick to shell those hard to open nuts!

Of course after shelling all of them and eating, I still end up with a pack! Wondering what I am speaking about now? It is a pack of pistachio shells this time.

Being a person who doesn’t like to waste any resource so easily, those shells always looked lovely to my eyes. Hoping that I would use them in some form I would always store the shells, but would not really be sure what to do with them. When I had a whole lot of them, cluttering up space, I finally did part with them with a heavy heart!

Until one day, when my son got a craft made at his school for mother’s day. Though it looked very simple, it actually occurred to me that I should be doing something like this with those shells. Here is a photograph of the mother’s day craft.



So yes the shells are quite sturdy, durable and have a lovely shape. They can be used for making different crafts. Let us check out some DIY options now.


Making a flower with pista shells is the most common method of reusing the shells to make crafts. As the shells already come with an almost petal shape, it is easy to identify them as flower petals. These will come in handy when natural flowers are not available and you want to make them part of your rangoli!


Yes, it is possible to craft some elegant jewelry too with the shells! You can make pendants or add them as mini pins to your tops. Be ready to experiment with different shapes and colours that suit best for your outfits.


Fancy a bowl with pistachio shells? That is possible too! The bowl turns out to be quite sturdy and you can use it as an organizer basket to store small items or place just the bowl anywhere to act as a décor piece.


The kind of coaster that is shown in the video is a people coaster but you can bring forth your creativity to try out other designs. Go ahead and recycle all those old, boring and plain coasters and bring them to life!

Candle holder

This candle holder is very similar to making a complete flower with pistachio shells. The only difference is to leave space to place your tea light candle in the middle and not to cover it with shells. Follow the video for a clear tutorial.

Abstract art

Other stuff that you can do with these shells is to make some wall hangings with an abstract floral art. Try different sized flowers and other figures of personal interest and stick them to a base to make the hanging. Here is a video to get you started.

Keep following this space to find many more interesting DIY ideas by reusing and recycling ordinary things.

Earlier DIY posts here and here.

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Winter is here & dry fruits-nuts are in full swing! What’s yours favorite by the way? I love pistachios more than any other nuts or dry fruit. I am in a habit of saving pistachio shells for using those in random crafts & things. You may remember my vase which I decorated with pistachio shells. I gifted one pistachio vase decorated with collage clay to a friend recently. Today I will be sharing another idea which I have done with pistachio shells & collage clay! I hope you will like to see how to make Pistachio Shell Art and Craft. Have a look here,

Pistachio How To Make Pistachio Shell Art and Craft Ideas

This is a coaster I made, But can be used as a paper weight or table decoration piece. It’s making is very simple and fun!

You will need to have these craft supplies :

Pistachio shells

Pearl beads

Collage clay

Lid of any jar


First of all, Fill the lid of any jar with collage clay. Spread it with any stick. I used ice cream stick.

Start fixing pistachio shells from the middle & fix it.

Complete the circle by fixing these one by one.

Add some glitter & pearl beads.

Let it dry overnight.

Here is the other side :) Some bubbles are here but you can cover this with any sticker. I let it as it is. It’s not looking bad I guess.

It’s done. And seriously it looks too good at my blue table surface. As I am already having a paper weight for my table, So this one is not in my use. I might be giving away this decoration piece item.

You can also enjoy my other craft tutorials made out of Collage Clay. Find some Pistachio Shells Craft Tutorials.

I hope you enjoyed my today’s fun idea. It’s very easy craft & looks cute. I am sure if you will be trying this, You will love it. If you don’t have collage clay, You can also try this with homemade dough/clay. Simply fill the space with a layer of dough/clay & fix pistachios on it. Find tutorial of my homemade clay/dough HERE.

Have you ever tried any pistachio shell craft? Or any other fruit or nut craft? I would love to see your work as well. Feel free to share your work with me via Facebook or any other social media network. Stay connected ~

Have a great day!

Khadija ~

Pistachio Flower: We all know pistachios to be tasty little green nuts but how many can say they have known them to be a fun craft?This is a really awesome.

First of all cut out a small shape as shown from the cardboard.

Make two holes on both ends of it using any sharp object. Attach it to the chain using these holes as you see here.

Apply glue all over the piece. Stick the shells one by one to this cardboard piece. Let it dry well. Now it is the time to paint it.

Start from the bottom layer.

Here I am using different shades of pink. Apply purple shade on the bottom layer,

on top of that apply dark pink, then normal pink and finally very light pink.

Let it dry. See, we have made a beautiful pendant. It looks costly too, doesn't it?

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Today we are going to learn how to make Incense Holder with Pistachio shells (Pista shells). This is a great DIY from waste materials and looks great as a home décor. 

If you have ever wondered what to do with Pista shells then this easy craft is for you.

Burning incense is very relaxing and my favorite are the “Padmini Dhoop sticks”.

Incense sticks are a part of the Indian heritage and are associated with spirituality. That’s the reason most of the Indian Hindu household has it burning in the prayer room.

All these days I have been burning them in the small metal eyelet that is designed to hold the stick on the Padmini dhoop sticks box.

But now I have this cutest custom incense stick holder and it is the easiest and most practical thing to do out of waste 🙂. This is really a fun idea, you can try at your home.

Yep these are pistachio shells upcycled to make a pretty floral incense burner  <3.

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Craft materials needed to make DIY Incense holder

Pista shells

Glue gun

Cardboard for base

Air dry clay 

Spray paint 

How to make Incense holder from Pista shells

Step 1 : Take a sturdy cardboard as a base. Here I have used the base of empty salt carton.


Step 2: Start from the outer layer. Glue the Pista shells upside down to the cardboard circle

Step 3: Glue the second layer. Use a dab of hot glue to the pista shell and stick it on to the cardboard like shown below


Step 4: Continue to glue all shells towards the center.

Step 5: Fill the center with a piece of air dry clay and create a hole with the incense stick.


Step 6: Leave the clay to dry for couple of hours and use spray paint of your choice and you have the incense holder ready to use 🙂


Pretty, Isn’t it !! These make cute home decor or handmade Diwali gifts to friends and family.

Hope you save some shells next time and enjoy making this project 🙂 Cheers!

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Don’t you find this Incense holder from Pista shells craft idea interesting and beautiful ? Try it and let me know using comments below. Would love to hear from you.

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DIY Independence Day Craft with Pista shells by Mrs Lavanya Neelam

DIY Independence Day Craft with Pista shells

Are you planning to  celebrate 15th August ???

Are you thinking about crafts for India’s Independence Day .We have a really beautiful and easy craft idea for you.

We are thankful to Mrs Lavanya Neelam for this unique craft idea.She manages a Facebook page named Quest For Arts and Crafts.

As per her ” Our mission is to share Crafts that you can make with things easily available at home.”

Lavanya is from Hyderabad. She has keen interest in crafts, embroidery and knitting. she has also written 500 telugu poems.

So check out these amazing crafts and make best of waste.

You can also order Hand made items from here.

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What are the Materials Needed for DIY Independence Day Craft with Pista shells:


How to Make the Craft:

  • Colour the Pista Shells Tri colour.
  • Cut a circle out of Chart Paper.

  • Arrange the Pista Shells  with help of fevicol .(Refer the image)
  • Start from Edges towards inside centre .
  • Use the Green ones first.Then glue White coloured Pista Shells and finally glue orange coloured shells.
  • In the centre you can add blue coloured Pista shells.

You can also submit the same for kids school project. I am sure with a little help from your side, they will be able do it them self .Hence giving you an opportunity to spend Quality time with your kids.

Go ahead ,try this craft today !!!!

You may also like the following Crafts.

DIY Wall Hanging from Waste Material by Nisha Mascarenhas

DIY Wall Decoration using canvas by Nisha Mascarenhas

Make a Beautiful Doll from Waste Bottle by Mrs Tajinder Kohli

DIY wall hanging from waste CD by Mrs Lavanya Neelam

DIY doll from waste paper by Shashank Tikle

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Happy Crafting !!!

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