RetroWON: How to Make a Shotgun-Shell, Lighted Wreath
In this retro-WON piece, Babbs walks you through how to make a shotgun-shell, lighted wreath.
Throughout her lifetime, my daughter and I have spent time making things. When she was a little girl, we always made crafty things at Christmas. Often, her brothers would participate. The list included homemade bread dough ornaments, stitchery projects, flax bags and of course, kitchen creations – buckets and Tupperware containers full of cookies and candies for all to enjoy.
So this year, since she’s moved back to live near us, we decided to make a wreath similar to a shotgun shell wreath that Natalie, at Girls Guide to Guns, featured recently. Except, I wanted it to have some greenery in it.
It was a fun project, and took us about 2 hours total.
- Three-foot wide, fake green wreath with lights (K-Mart, on sale for $34)
- Strand of 100 clear lights ($4)
- Shotgun shells in assorted sizes and colors (free from local range)
- Glue gun and sticks
- Bow ($4)
- One bottle Chardonnay (for the wreath makers)
- Lay out a proper staging area for your wreath making. We used the basement floor and spread old dog food bags down to catch the drippy glue.
- Open the bottle of wine. Pour glasses for everyone involved.
Daughter and Rosie, the schnauzer, who supervised.
- Also, we chose to work to “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” music for its fast pace.
- Start at opposite ends of the light strand and put a touch of glue on the plastic part, not the light bulb. Affix the hot glued light part to the inside of a shot shell. Put it about one-third of the way into the shell.
- If refills are in order, pour another glass of wine.
- Unplug the glue gun and call it a night.
- The next day, take the strand of lights in shot shells and wrap the wreath.
- Attach the bow.
- Plug it in.
11. Any wine left? Celebrate and enjoy the festive wreath made from recycled shot shells.
This RetroWON piece first appeared in Dec. 2012.
About Barbara Baird
Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. She is a contributing editor at "SHOT Business," and her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications, including NRA, NSSF and Field & Stream.
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