Making a Pistachio Shell Birds Painting

Category Acrylic
Using painted pistachio nut shells as your birds you can create a bare tree painting on canvas full of colorful birds. Try your hand with this beautiful simple craft.


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I like to save the shells from my pistachio nuts to craft with. Here, I've turned them into birds on a tree I painted. Sometimes bare winter trees are nice in the way that you can see all the animals that perch on the branches without leaves getting in the way. This painting is dedicated to my father who loves to birdwatch and absolutely adores pistachios!

Total Time: 70 minutes plus dry time

Yield: 1 painting


  • 1 canvas
  • cleaned pistachio shells
  • acrylic paints (any colours including blue, black, and copper)
  • paintbrushes (wide, medium, and fine point)
  • hot glue gun with glue


  1. Paint the outsides of the pistachio shells in whatever colour you'd like your birds to be. Allow to dry.
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  3. Use a wide brush to paint your canvas blue. Allow to dry.
  4. Near the bottom of your canvas, paint some black lines to create your ground.
  5. Draw some medium width lines in black shooting upwards to create the tree trunk. Start adding branches going outward.
  6. Add more branches inside going up and out to fill out the tree. Allow to dry.
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  8. Add some highlights to the tree by painting short lines in copper paint. Allow to dry.
  9. Place the painted pistachio shells around the tree to get an idea of where you'd like the birds to sit.
  10. Lift each shell and paint a small beak in black. Add a blob of hot glue to the inside of the shell and affix to the painting.
  11. Add a tiny dot of black paint near the beak to create the eyes.
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