Pink Pistachio Heart Wreath

Pink Pistachio Heart Silver Tray2My husband LOVES Pistachios – they’re his favorite snack. So, over time, I have accumulated quite a number of the shells. You know, we always look at things and think, ‘I can make something out of this/these’. My inspiration came from an old Martha Stewart Living Magazine where she used whole, dyed red Pistachios to make a heart wreath. It was vibrant red – do you remember the time or have you seen dyed Pistachios. Well, Now that we don’t have to import all our Pistachios – their shells are not damaged and for the most part, they are no longer dyed.

Pink Pistachio Heart Silver Tray5I began by tracing a heart shape out of paper – making a template. I then traced the heart shape onto a piece of cardboard. I began at the center top and began to apply the shells with E6000 glue. You can use a glue gun, if you prefer.

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The shells were applied in an almost herringbone pattern – with just a few more at the top center and at the bottom center.

Pink Pistachio Silver Tray6In Martha Stewart’s Pistachio Heart Wreath she filled in the gaps with pink peppercorns. I didn’t have any, so I used Wilton Sugar Pearl Sprinkles – I used these in making my Gingerbread House during Christmas. They filled in nicely. Then I spray-painted the whole heart Krylon Ballerina Slipper Pink.

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After the paint and glue completely dried I applied more Sugar Pearls with dabs of E6000 round the Pistachio Heart to give it a bit of a color contrast. I attached at the top corner of the heart a sweet little heart I bought at my friend Maria’s Store. Lastly, to add some sparkle, I sprayed glue over the whole wreath and sprinkled lightly Mica Glitter flakes.  At the top I hung the wreath on this large vintage, tarnished silver tray I found at a recent Estate Sale for only $1! Some of the stains on the tray are from Pecans picked from the garden that were wet. I am so glad I went with pink instead of red – to me it seems soft and romantic.

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I am sharing this post with these Delightsome blog parties:

Metamorphosis Monday ~ Between Naps on the Porch

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday  Coastal Charm 
Time to Shine ~ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Table Top Tuesday ~ A Stroll Thru Life
One Project at a Time ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Be Inspired ~ Elizabeth & Co.
What’s It Wednesday ~ Ivy and Elephants
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday ~ Primp
Wow Us Wednesday ~ Savvy Southern Style 
Show & Share ~ Southern Lovely
Transformation Thursday ~ Shabby Creek Cottage
The Country Homemaker ~ Dolly is Cooking
Home Sweet Home ~ The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration ~ Common Ground
Shabbilicious Friday ~ Shabby Art Boutique
Saturday Nite Special ~ Funky Junk Interiors
Saturday Nite Special ~ Funky Junk Interiors
Strut Your Stuff ~ My Crazy Beautiful Life
Pink Saturday ~ How Sweet The Sound





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  1. This is just soooo cute… I love it! Hugs, Penny

  2. OMGosh- Who would have thought? How dumb am I to have thrown all our pistachio shells away? GREAT idea and it beautiful- xo Diana

    • Hey sweetie! I am so glad you stopped by again! I have been getting used to my new blog look and took note of your comment on the font size – I’ll check with Kristi about that! Google pistachio shells and you’ll see that others have been quite creative with them too!
      Have a blessed weekend,

  3. Kathy, I do not believe there is anything you cannot do. I have missed you lately. Of course, I have been under the weather since last Saturday and have not been on the computer. You are so very creative and did wonders with those shells. My husband would set eat them for hours. Too much work for me. I appreciate it very much when you take the time to drop by for a visit. Trust all is well with you. I love the line break before your comments. Looks very nice.

  4. What a fantastic idea Kathy! I agree that the soft pink is much better than vibrant red. Who knew pistachio shells could be so romantic? Great job!

  5. Very pretty. Every time I eat pistachios I think the same as you – ‘What can I do with these?’ Thanks for sharing your pretty heart wreath.

  6. Peggy Recker says:

    WOW those were a lot of pistachios! My husband loves them, but I would not have come up with that idea!

  7. Well, I’m speechless! So beautiful and clever!

  8. Beautiful idea, Kathy! LOVE it ~ putting it against the tarnished silver tray is genius!

  9. Kathy, I don’t know what happened but I haven’t been able to see you for awhile, then today you have popped back up on my list. I’m so glad. This is the smartest and prettiest little project I have seen in awhile. I also love the pink. And that tray is fabulous. So pretty together..Glad to see you and Happy Thursday..Judy

    • Hey Judy, when I moved my blog from blogger to wordpress I didn’t get the feedburner feed updated correctly. Once I did, the RSS feed and email feed worked again – I am still trying to get Google+ updated…then I think all will be well. I hope you have a blessed weekend!

  10. So pretty Kathy, I like it in the light pink instead of red like Martha’s.

  11. Oh my, that is just beautiful! I would never have thought of such a thing – way to think outside the box!!!
    I love the whole romantic, victorian feeling it has against the old platter, just gorgeous!


  12. Your heart is feminine, Victorian, romantic, and gorgeous!!!!

  13. Gracias amiga por venir a mi blog, es un honor para mí que alguien con un sitio tan hermoso venga a mi humilde casa.
    Precioso el trabajo que presentas hoy. Muy creativa. Te felicito.

    Un beso grande desde Argentina.

  14. Gracias por seguirme, yo quisiera hacer lo mismo pero no me lo permite internet o no sé como hacerlo.
    Besos y gracias otra vez.

  15. This is adorable!

  16. Lady Linda says:

    Hi Kathy, interesting little project. I like the pink you used too. What a great platter you found at a great price.

  17. Oh Kathy, You are a genius! I LOVE your wreath…AND…WOW I certainly go through enough pistachios to make lots of these Beautiful Wreaths!!! Do you remember when the shells were RED and would die our hands? In those days it was hard to find the plain colored ones…
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Big Hugs to you,

    • Hello Donna, yes! I do remember them and I think they may still be out there for nostalgic sake – I didn’t know until reading the article in the Martha Stewart magazine the reason they were dyed. I appreciate you stopping by and hope you have a blessed weekend,

  18. Delvalina says:

    I love your new design of blog and that is so very vintage and beautiful.

    Have a wonderful day!



  19. This is so beautiful Kathy! I would have never, ever thought to create something with Pistachio shells! Of course, no one in my family likes them. I wonder if I ask someone who does to save me the shells, they would give me the “this one is crazy.” look. 😉 Great job! I’d love it if you linked this to my new linky party!

    Have a great weekend!

  20. What a clever and beautiful idea! It turned out so pretty. I l love the way you displayed it on the silver tray.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  21. Kathy, your pistachio wreath is adorable and I like the soft pink much better than red. Thanks for sharing this at my HOME and enjoy your weekend.


  22. What a great idea! Aren’t you cleaver. Thanks for sharing with us.

  23. How lovely!

    Please come and peek at my PINK.
    Your comment is always a joy to read.

  24. This is amazing! It looks like shells! You did a great job. I’m your newest follower 😉
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  25. Your wreath is so pretty! I never would have guessed that these were pistachios. I think Martha would be a little envious if she saw this! 🙂

    I’m so happy you stopped by…I really love your blog and am following now!

    Have a great Sunday!


  26. OMG…You do save everything!!LOL I love it, I thought it was seashells! I would have loved to have seen hubby’s face when you showed it the finished product!


    • I have two very large rosemary bushes at our front walk. I told him I wanted to make a heart wreath out of the branches – they’re blooming beautifully…he paused and looked at me…are you going to make hearts out of everything? Well, it is the romantic season, I replied 🙂

  27. What a neat idea. I would never have thought of pistachios!

    – The Tablescaper

  28. A really lovely wreath with some interesting tools! My hubby loves the pistachios too! I may try this. Thanks for sharing and HPS to you! Have a terrific week!

  29. This is BEAUTIFUL! I don’t remember seeing this in Martha Stewart, but I’d have to agree the pink is much prettier than red would be.

    • I am not home to share which issue this came from – several years back. I’ll check when I return home!

  30. Oh my you are so clever! This is really cute! I love pistachio’s too and always buy them at Whole Foods. I get the unsalted and just love them. Those little things are expensive! And then I just throw my shells away. Hmmmm, who would have thought? Just amazing!

  31. It turned out so sweet Kathy. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

  32. That is an amazing work of art!

  33. What a great wreath Kathy! I saw a blog post where they used the shells and painted them like little robin eggs.

    Where I grew up in New Mexico, we had many pistachios farms there- guess it was the perfect hot dry weather to grow them! Oh my they had wonderful pistachio products too

    bee blessed

  34. Kathy,
    This isjust so darn pretty!! What a great idea!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  35. LOVE this, Kathy. I haven’t stopped by in such a long time. Where has the time gone?
    Love what you’ve done with your page.
    I’ve added you to my sidebar to keep up.

  36. That is so sweet! And, what a perfect way to recycle!

  37. I would NEVER have guessed what this was made from. Gorgeous!
    I’m so pleased to have you as my newest blog follower. Welcome!

  38. It looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea…

  39. great idea! so lovely 🙂


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