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December 15, 2014
CA Grown Mom

Susan Phillips

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Pistachio Shell Bows

Pistachio Shell Bows

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

I love a beautifully wrapped gift.  I remember going with my mom to the local department store and dreamily watching the ladies behind the counter expertly wrap our purchases.  Crisp corners and well curled ribbon were expected and the end result was always a beautiful precursor for what was waiting inside.   I never went to gift wrapping academy ;), but I do still like to wrap gifts for friends and family in a memorable way.

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Using natural pistachio shells and plain kraft wrapping paper, I was able to create a unique and organic presentation for my gifts this year.

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Let’s make some!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

  • Empty pistachio shells
  • Thin cardboard (I used a portion of a soda carton)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Using a small jar or cup, trace the tempalte onto the front of the cardboard

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Cut the circle template out

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Turn the circle over to the plain cardboard side and apply a small amount of hot glue

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Begin applying the shells to the outer perimeter of the circle

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Continue adding the shells row by row until you get the center.  I found adding the glue to the bottom of each chell easier as you get to the center.

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

To further enhance the natural effect, I added small sprigs of succulent.  I love the color contrast!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

But, they look just as beautiful alone…

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Happy wrapping this Holiday season!

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Pistachio Shell Bows

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

I love a beautifully wrapped gift.  I remember going with my mom to the local department store and dreamily watching the ladies behind the counter expertly wrap our purchases.  Crisp corners and well curled ribbon were expected and the end result was always a beautiful precursor for what was waiting inside.   I never went to gift wrapping academy ;), but I do still like to wrap gifts for friends and family in a memorable way.

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Using natural pistachio shells and plain kraft wrapping paper, I was able to create a unique and organic presentation for my gifts this year.

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Let’s make some!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

  • Empty pistachio shells
  • Thin cardboard (I used a portion of a soda carton)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Using a small jar or cup, trace the tempalte onto the front of the cardboard

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Cut the circle template out

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Turn the circle over to the plain cardboard side and apply a small amount of hot glue

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Begin applying the shells to the outer perimeter of the circle

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Continue adding the shells row by row until you get the center.  I found adding the glue to the bottom of each chell easier as you get to the center.

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

To further enhance the natural effect, I added small sprigs of succulent.  I love the color contrast!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

But, they look just as beautiful alone…

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

A natural alternative to plastic bows.  Pistachio Shell bows make quite the statement!

Happy wrapping this Holiday season!

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