Bullet Shell Wall Hanging


1653894_10202638503392376_2031364222040844541_nSo this project was completely free to make, except for some minimal hardware costs! I collected some old wood pallets from my neighborhood (found by local and commercial businesses), and I went to my local shooting range and asked if I could sweep up some of their bullet shells. To complete this project, you will also need a drill, some wood glue, and a circular saw. I used the circular saw to cut apart the wood pallets, but you can go about it the old fashioned way with a crowbar and hammer as well. I staggered the boards horizontally so they’d be a little more visually appealing. I screwed in two metal strips across the back of the boards on both the left and right sides to hold them in place (using 1/4-3/8 inch screws since the boards are about 3/4 inch in width). Next I laid out the screws in the desired design, and one by one I drilled holes the same diameter as the bullets into the board. I only drilled down about half way into the boards, enough to hold the shells in place. Once all the holes are drilled, drop the casings into their respective holes, and secure each one with a little wood glue. I’m sure hot glue would also work, as long as you work quickly to get the bullets into the hole. Once dried, I added some picture frame wire to the back, and hung it up on the wall. This project was a little more time intensive than most that I do, but it is a pretty awesome gift for any men in your life. You could also arrange the shells in sports team logos or initials.


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  1. I am currently trying to make this for our local Ducks Unlimited chapter and I’m having some trouble. What exactly did you use for the bullets?? I’m trying to use 12 or 20 gauge shotgun shells.


    • You could definitely use shotgun shells instead of the rifle casings. We just had a lot of the brass and decided to use them for this project. Since shells tend to be bigger, your design might not be as detailed, unless you make it quite large. You just need a drill bit that’s the same diameter of the shotgun shell casings. I would think would glue would adhere to the plastic of the casings, but you might want to try another stronger adhesive.


    • I started by tracing out the general design on the wood in pencil. Before drilling any holes, I set up the casings on the wood and filled in the design. Once I had the general look I was going for, it was time to inset the bullet casings. I worked in sections, drilling each hole individually. Different drill bit sizes were used for different caliber bullets. I will say the holes are all very close together once drilled, and overlap somewhat. Once I had a couple holes drilled, I used wood glue to secure the casings in the holes, and moved on to another section.


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