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Shotgun shell Christmas lights

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A true expression of redneck pride.....
 
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Step 1: Materials

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What you need:

Strand of Christmas lights.
Lots of 20-gauge shotgun shells. ( used! )*
A pair of pliers.

And a lot of patience...

*be sure to clean your shells well. You should also polish the metal end of the shells if they are old or rusty.

Step 2: Work....

Okay, Take a look at your shotgun shells.
At one end, there are ridges where the shell was unfolded as it was fired.  
Take your pliers and re-crease the ridges so that they are nice and crisp. Your shells should look stars when viewed from the top.

Step 3: More work.....

Now grab one of the points of the star with your pliers and push it into the center of the shell.
Repeat this on all of the points until the shell looks somewhat like it did before it was fired.

Take a bulb from your Christmas lights and push it into the center of the shell where all the points meet. It should push the folded ridges into the shell.  These ridges provide a secure fit for the bulb. The shell should now be firmly attached and should not be able to slide off.

Now repeat over and over until you have covered all of your light bulbs.

Step 4: Enjoy!

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Now plug 'em in and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Try and experiment with different colors of lights and shotgun shells.  If you have a favorite combination, feel free to post it!







vaycon11 months ago
nice work i will start collecting the empty shell you found useful end for them :)
can you sugest some sites to buy used shot gun shells?
better yet, actually use your shotgun! then it's a win win you get the shells you needed, and you got practice shooting your shotgun!
Why would you buy them online?
Assuming you live in a country that allows for the civilian ownership of shotguns, or firearms in general, just pop down to your local range (outdoor range) and look or ask about to see if they have a pile of them laying about. Most places that don't make you take them home with you will have them somewhere.
Worst case scenario is they don't, and you'll just have to go searching at a different range.
Awesome! Might just have to make me some of these!
Actually saw some for sale at Tractor Supply this year
coptician1 year ago
And a cartridge in a pear tree! Awesome!
lol
bajablue1 year ago
I wouldn't be surprised to see these advertised in Cabela's in the very near future! Great work!!!
askjerry1 year ago
Nice! This got forwarded! (Clever too!)
ncoffaro1 year ago
Really cool! I am going to try this!
lbrewer421 year ago
Love the idea! If a cat burglar was to enter the house and see these, I bet he'd exit pretty quick LOL!

Oops - that's not politically correct - it better - its patriotic!
instructa-seal (author) 1 year ago
If you enjoyed this instructable, please feel free to vote for me!
I think this would be a "sure-fire" (pun intended) winner for the http://www.instructables.com/contest/redneck2012/ contest, is it entered?
instructa-seal (author)  fireballxl51 year ago
yes, it is, and thanks for the positive feedback everyone!
MrE1 year ago
YOU!.... Might be a Redneck if you have a shotgun shell christmas light set!! But I like it anyways.
streetrod51 year ago
I'm going to take a shot at this for next year - it will be my brother's Christmas present! Too cool, thank you.
friger1 year ago
I think the boys at Duck Commander need to see this. Awesomeness
blodefood1 year ago
Kind of like swords into ploughshares?
Lorddrake1 year ago
redneck-a-riffic
dafonso1 year ago
This is a awesome as it is ridiculous. Well done, sir.
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