This is going to be different from my usual posts. I love all things crafty!! And with my discovery of Pinterest, I have opened my eyes to a whole new world of ideas!!! I had pinned this idea, because I thought it was so cool! I really didn’t know that I would ever make it, since no one in my family hunts.
My best friend was planning a redneck/hunting themed wedding rehearsal dinner for her son. She had a john boat draped in camouflage, complete with goose decoys dressed as a bride and groom. The boat held tubs of soda and beer. I thought this would be the perfect time to make these wreaths! I texted my daughter’s friend to ask if he had any shotgun shells. Within 10 seconds he called me back and said, “I have shot fun shells, Miss Pam, but I’m scared to ask what you need them for!” haha! I should have been a little more specific and said that I needed spent shells, not live ones!
To make the wreath, I used 50-60 shells for a 14″ straw wreath. A glue gun holds them on really well, but I suggest NOT using the low temp glue guns. The shells stayed on much better with the regular glue gun, even though I had to hold them in place longer for them to cool. I finished the wreath with a burlap bow. Wood Stoves are popular in my area, especially in Man Caves. Since the shot gun shells are held on with hot glue, I don’t know how well it will hold up if hung near a wood stove.
For the table arrangements, I covered a round crock with camouflage fabric by cutting a square then tucking it into the top of the crock. Then I tied a baler twine bow around the top. I used the Crop-a-dile to punch holes into the shotgun shells and attached them with thin twine so they hung from the bow. My friend and her aunt filled the containers with sunflowers, cat tails, mums, and wheat. They were perfect!
One of the groom’s friends made this sign that says, ”The Hunt is Over”. It was perfect in the John Boat with the goose decoys and tubs of soda and beer. It was a wonderful rehearsal dinner. The groom wanted a Redneck-Camouflage wedding, but his fiance had other plans. This was a good alternative!
To see more photos, visit Rustic Redneck Wedding Decorations.