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Make your own decorative and food-safe bowl using just pistachio shells and some Elmer's glue!
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Step 1: Eat a bunch of nuts

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The first step is just to eat a bunch of nuts or somehow acquire a lot of shells.  Make sure to save your shells if you are eating them.  You might need about 100 shells to make a small bowl and maybe 250 for a larger one.

Step 2: Materials

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To do this project, all you really need is some pistachio shells (or any shell really) and a bottle of white glue or other non-toxic glue.

Step 3: Clean shells

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A good way to clean your shells, particularly if they are very salty, is to boil them.  This step is not necessary but makes for a nicer finished product. 

You can do this all with your hands, but if you have it available you can use an existing bowl or tuper-ware as a mold and you can line the mold with suran-wrap or parchment paper for easy clean up.

Mix a handful of nuts with about a Tabelspoon of glue to create your mixture.  Once the mixture is tacky, push your mixture into your mold or desired shape.

Step 4: Finishing

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Let your mixture dry in the mold for a couple of hours.  If you'd like to speed up the process, let the glue dry under a fan. 

Remove the bowl from your mold.

Locate weak spots and touch them up with small amounts of glue.

Dry again, and you have a bowl!

Step 5: And you are done!

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Enjoy your bowl!  It is safe to put your food in, because it was made with non-toxic glue... just don't put it in the dishwasher or microwave!

Try to make it with other types of shells or different shapes!

dustandroses8 months ago

I like this. Very cool and innovative.

CasCas542 years ago
I made this and found it helped to add all of the shells into a bag and add lots of glue and a bit of hot water and toss it around so it spread the glue evenly. Then I put tinfoil on the inside of a bowl and spread the shells. Once the top is dry I then slowly peeled off the tin foil allowing the bottom to completely dry too. Thanks!
i made this & it was really cool looking afterwards
NoFiller3 years ago
What a great idea!
mamabean4 years ago
I think I would use small sea shells and it would be nice too! Keep up the good work. I love all the ideas for re-using things.
mcorbin4 years ago
Really cute, very clever, and just a little gross. I like it.
agis684 years ago
lol i try to imagine the day you ate all these nuts!!!...keep drinking water ;)
Z..5 years ago
I came to this via Lemonie's link for someone who has a glut of walnut shells!

This is excellent. What a great idea!

Well done!
lemonie5 years ago
Very nice