Shotgun Shell Lights

Light up the holidays with these shotgun shell lights! They can also be a great gift for anyone who likes to shoot shotguns.


  • Spent shotgun shells
  • a strand of Christmas lights


  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1: Remove the Primer

The first step is to remove the primer. The best way I found is to use a screwdriver and a hammer. Place the screwdriver in the shell right in the middle where the primer is. Then place the butt of the screwdriver on a table and with a hammer hit the edge of the metal several times. You should see the primer popping out.

Step 2: Clean

For best results clean the shells of any dirt.

Step 3: Glue Time!

Now take you lights and use a hot glue gun to glue around the bulb. Quickly slip the metal part of the shotgun shell over the bulb. Allow a few seconds to cool before you move on to the next one.

Once you have finished the strand, hang it up, plug it in and enjoy!



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    3 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Cool idea! I always end up saving my shells after bird season, but then throwing them out after awhile. Good upcycle, I'm going to give it a shot! Ha!

    1 reply

    Better than chili lights!