Shotgun shell Christmas lights #Do It Yourself#Christmas#weapons December 5 | Guest post by BerettaFleur meganfinley For our gun-lovers, we showed you longtime Homie Beretta Fleur's shotgun shell Christmas lights last year. This year, we bring you her guide to making them yourself! We got this idea from Moore N Moore Sporting Clays shooting range. It's a great way to repurpose plastic shells you aren't going to or are unable to reload. Materials: 1 string multi-colored or white Christmas lights (the small kind) About 50 shells of multiple colors (20-12 gauge work best, 28 gauge may be too narrow) Hot glue gun with a good number of glue sticks (6-10) Pliers Soap and water Instructions: Basically what you do is you collect a bunch of shells, and give them a good washing in hot soapy water since they'll have powder all over them. You can separate them by color so you can figure out some kind of pattern that pleases you. Or just go random if you aren't that anal. Gifts for only the most black-hearted bad asses Welcome to the forth edition of the Offbeat Home gift guides. This gift roundup was pretty fun to put together, because while I may be... [more] Finally, hot glue the open end of the shells to your string of lights. You may need pliers to smush the open end a bit closed so that it makes better contact with the light string. But we just glued the edges of the shell to the wiring and so far, after two years, they've stayed intact. Happy Holidays! Psst: For you non-DIY types, you could always buy them on Amazon. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo BerettaFleur Beretta Fleur is a writer, model, and designer. She cooks and shoots competitive sporting clays. Check out her book, Hosting With Style: Beretta Fleur's Guide to Parties and Homemaking! http://berettafleur.com PREVIOUS Turn your iPhone into a working retro telephone NEXT Gifts for every geeky girl and boy Toggle comments [ 11 ] disclaimer: these are illegal in some places. please check local laws regarding ammunition. these may not be live ammo, but that doesn't mean much to some state/local governments. i do know that in New York City (and possibly state) and in Massachusetts, these are illegal unless you own a shotgun of a matching gauge. 2 agree Reply Growing up in the sticks with a hunter for a father, there were boxes of unused shotgun shell blanks in the closet, spent shell casing on the floor surrounding Daddy's basement workbench awaiting refillng, and in little clutches of forgottenness all over the garage. I wish I had had this tutorial back then!! 1 agrees Reply This is a fantastic idea. I am a tad concerned about how to fix a single bulb that goes out though, if the ends are glued shut… But other than that, this would be awesome to try! 1 agrees Reply Instead of using glue, take a hole punch and make a hole on the very edge of the crimp of the shell opening for the wires to pass through. Then you can somewhat re-crimp/close the open end of the shell and they will look a little more realistic (like loaded ammo). 1 agrees Reply AND these are absolutely AMAZING! I need to go make a set now… 1 agrees Reply So question–did you line them up on the colour of the light, or did you use white lights? Almost all of our shells are red, so I'm wondering if it would be better to do them on red lights, or if it would look better over white? I could probably test this with a flashlight, but. In case someone knows. ^_^ 1 agrees Reply Awesome! My hubby would love this. 0 agree Reply Love!!! 0 agree Reply Jingle Bells Shotgun Shells….. 1 agrees Reply Happy Holidays! We did 2 strands, one white and one color. It looks prettier when you match the shells with the similar color of lights, and it also helps you make a pattern. 0 agree Reply If you want to wash the shells really well, and don't want to waste any time about it bag them in a mesh bag and toss them in the dish washer. 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.