Pistachio Shell Flower Card

April 28, 2020 7 Comments
pistachio shell kids craft featured image of the finished floral card

This very simple pistachio shell kids craft uses pistachio shells which would otherwise be thrown away to make artwork or a card for someone special.

It was actually my daughter that came up with this idea. As I was munching my way through some pistachio nuts, and was about to discard the shells, she asked me what they were as she thought they looked like flower petals.

So we decided to keep the shells and turn them into some flower artwork, which we actually did as a card. It happened to be my Mum’s birthday coming up, so we made into into a card for her, but equally it would make a great Mother’s day card too.

So, if you would like to see how we created our Pistachio shell kids craft, then read on or pin it for later!

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What You Will Need

  • Pistachio shells- rinsed and dry
  • Sheet of A4 cardstock
  • Buttons
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Glue- either hot glue gun or PVA for younger children
  • Egg box
  • Poster paints and paintbrushes

How You Make Your Pistachio Shell Kids Craft

1.If you are making a card then fold the sheet of A4 card in half. Otherwise you can do your artwork just on a flat sheet of card.

2. Cut out a section of the egg box to make your flower pot.

3. Paint the egg box section with brown or black poster paint. You may need to use two coats.

You may need two coats of paint on your egg box.

4. Paint the pistachio shells. We decided on 3 flowers and used 5 pistachio shells for each one. You can paint them different colours or all the same. We also painted a few pistachio shells green to add for leaves.

Painted pistachio shells
Paint the pistachio shells on a scrap piece of paper.

5. Lay out your buttons on the card where you want the centre of the flowers to be, then place the pistachio shells around each one to make sure you have enough room.

6. When you are happy with the layout it’s time to start sticking. Older children can use a hot glue gun, or younger children would find it easier to use PVA glue. If you are using PVA you need to apply a generous layer to the pistachio shell rim, and allow plenty of time to dry.

You can use a glue gun or PVA to stick the shells to the card.
painted pistachio shells stuck onto card around 3 small yellow buttons
Allow plenty of time to dry if using PVA glue.

7. Once you are happy with your flowers, it’s time to add the pipe cleaner stems. Again lay them out first and cut to the desired length. When you are happy with the layout start sticking.

half finsihed card. sticking on pipe cleaners for the flower stems.

8. Finally add the egg box plant pot, and a few green pistachio shells for leaves, wait to dry, and you’re done.

The finished pistachio shell floral card

That’s it! Simple but effective Pistachio shell kid’s craft. This card would be ideal for Mother’s day, or to just brighten up anyone’s day.

pistachio shell card next to a vase of tulips
The finished article!

Card making is one of the activities in our open ended challenge “50 Crafts to Try Before You’re 10“, if you would like to join in then simply pop your details in below.

So what do you think of our Pistachio shell kids craft? I wonder what other designs you can come up with using pistachio shells.

Kerry x


  • Lauretta Wright May 2, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Kids are so creative aren’t they? Well done on your daughter for thinking about the pistachio shells – a fab idea and great for a rainy day activity x

  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy May 23, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    I love tis idea,Kerry#kidsandkreativity@_karendennisI love this idea, Kerry#kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

  • Hannah June 1, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    This is such a great idea – they look so effective! 🙂 #kidsandkreativity

  • Naomi Oikonomou June 11, 2020 at 7:55 am

    always such great ideas!!!! #kidsandkreativity

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) June 18, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    What a brilliant idea. I’d never thought of pistachio shells looking like little petals before. I love how effective they look when painted. #KidsandKreativity

  • Malin Dormer June 18, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    This is really clever, I love ideas that use things which would just go in the bin otherwise, like the pistachio shells here, and great use of the egg carton too! #KidsandKreativity

  • Eason August 26, 2020 at 11:48 am

    This is a very interesting idea, anytime, I can have fun with my son!

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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