Incense Holder With Pistachio Shells | Best out of waste crafts

Today we are going to learn how to make Incense Holder with Pistachio shells (Pista shells). This is a great DIY from waste materials and looks great as a home décor. 

If you have ever wondered what to do with Pista shells then this easy craft is for you.

Burning incense is very relaxing and my favorite are the “Padmini Dhoop sticks”.

Incense sticks are a part of the Indian heritage and are associated with spirituality. That’s the reason most of the Indian Hindu household has it burning in the prayer room.

All these days I have been burning them in the small metal eyelet that is designed to hold the stick on the Padmini dhoop sticks box.

But now I have this cutest custom incense stick holder and it is the easiest and most practical thing to do out of waste 🙂. This is really a fun idea, you can try at your home.

Yep these are pistachio shells upcycled to make a pretty floral incense burner  <3.

Craft materials needed to make DIY Incense holder

Pista shells

Glue gun

Cardboard for base

Air dry clay 

Spray paint 

How to make Incense holder from Pista shells

Step 1 : Take a sturdy cardboard as a base. Here I have used the base of empty salt carton.


Step 2: Start from the outer layer. Glue the Pista shells upside down to the cardboard circle

Step 3: Glue the second layer. Use a dab of hot glue to the pista shell and stick it on to the cardboard like shown below


Step 4: Continue to glue all shells towards the center.

Step 5: Fill the center with a piece of air dry clay and create a hole with the incense stick.


Step 6: Leave the clay to dry for couple of hours and use spray paint of your choice and you have the incense holder ready to use 🙂


Pretty, Isn’t it !! These make cute home decor or handmade Diwali gifts to friends and family.

Hope you save some shells next time and enjoy making this project 🙂 Cheers!

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Nima Sonti
Nima Sonti

Hi there, I am very delighted that you stopped by! I am Nima (Purnima) and live in The Grand Canyon State ( Arizona, US). It all started after I moved to the United States. I learnt about "Do-It -Yourself" concept from couple of TV shows and blogs. Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;). That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) It's been 3+ years and going great!! You can follow me on my blog - or Like my Facebook Page : or Pin it on Pinterest :

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