Wondering what to do with all those spent shotgun cartridges you’ve got lying around? Well here’s a dandy way of recycling all that brass and plastic and brightening up the house for the festive season, courtesy of Ann Ortiz of Midland TX, as featured on Girls Guide to Guns. Girls Guide to Guns describe themselves as :

“…. a website dedicated to women who dig fashion and fire power. Think of us this way: if one day Vogue and Guns&Ammo Magazine fell madly in love, got married and had babies, we would be their favorite child. Whether you’re a champion shooter or have never picked up a gun in your life, we’ve got something for you.”

Shot shell wreath © Ann Ortiz/Girls Guide to Guns
Shot shell wreath © Ann Ortiz/Girls Guide to Guns

Should you decide to have a go the full instructions are on the GGtG site. But let me add a couple of warnings,

1) If you’re using anything sharp make sure a responsible adult supervises you

2) This is for spent cartridges only, NOT live ones. Trust me, if you use any live rounds and decide to wire these up with fairy lights, your year will end with a bigger bang than you expected.

John MacPherson was born and lives in the Scottish Highlands. He trained as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards, before completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, and then qualified as a Social Worker in Disability Services. Along the way he has cooked on canal barges, trained as an Alpine Ski Leader & worked as an Instructor for Skiers with disabilities, been a canoe instructor, and tutor of night classes in carpentry, stained glass design and manufacture, and archery. He has travelled extensively on various continents, undertaking solo trips by bicycle, or motorcycle. He has had narrow escapes from an ambush by terrorists, been hit by lightning, caught in an erupting volcano, trapped in a mobile home by a tornado, kidnapped by a dog's hairdresser, rammed by a basking shark and was once bitten by a wild otter. He has combined all this with professional photography, which he has practised for over 35 years. He teaches photography and acts as a photography guide & tutor in the UK and abroad. His biggest challenge is keeping his 27 year old Land Rover 110 on the road. He loves telling and hearing stories.

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