Shotgun Shell Lights




I often find a few of these lying about at work. You can buy used ones on eBay if you're impatient, or even ask shooting ranges for their spent shells.

Aaaaanywy, I had a few lying around and thought that I could make lights out of them. They are all different colours and it would look quite nice illuminated.

I had a look on here and it turns out that I am not the first to have this idea, however all the other instructables seemed to stick the light in the top, or opening of the shell. I wanted to remove the primer cap and insert the light that way.

You will need:

Glue gun and glue. Or just ordinary glue. As long as it is sticky.

Shotgun shells. I went for a mix of different colours but you can do as you please.

Drill bit. I originally intended to drill out the primer caps but they just push out. I'll explain later on.

LED lights - I'm from the UK. I got the cheapest I could find from Argos - around £3.

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Step 1: Removing the Primer

I was using a bench drill so I could regulate how far the drill bit travels. I initially used a cordless drill but I found that once the primer cap was removed the drill slipped down onto the shell and the plastic was damaged.

As it turns out I didn't even need the drill on - just used the drill bit to punch out the primer cap.

You could use a hammer and a long nail if you wanted, it really does not take much force to remove the primer.

Step 2: Adding the Lights

The LED lights that I bought were roughly the same size as the hole left by the primer. It is just a case of arranging the shells in an order you're happy with and then securing them in place with the glue.

Wait to dry and hang up where you please.

Step 3:



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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Would make a great Fathers Day gift if your Dad is a hunter even before Christmas.


    3 years ago

    I thought perhaps you found an easy way to include a AAA dry cell and a micro push-button switch in the primer hole... I think YOU could do that! LOL

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    Reply 3 years ago

    That's a good idea. Thank you SO much for your suggestion


    3 years ago

    I was thinking (OK, hoping) you were going to teach how to make LED tracer rounds.

    It would help to say that the LED lights you mean are actually Christmas Tree lights.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    They don't have to be specifically for Christmas do they now? I just use them for ambience lighting of an evening.