Bowl of Shells




Introduction: Bowl of Shells

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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    10 Discussions


    6 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!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Step 4

    Really cute, very clever, and just a little gross. I like it.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    lol i try to imagine the day you ate all these nuts!!!...keep drinking water ;)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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!