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Pistachio Wreath




Dyed pistachios -- and the telltale red lips and fingers you get from eating them -- went out of fashion in the seventies. Now they're back, this time as part of a valentine wreath.


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Thick cardboard
  • Red felt
  • Glue
  • Red felt-tip pen
  • Glue gun
  • Pistachios
  • Pink peppercorns
  • Picture hanger
  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Cut a symmetrical heart from paper (this one is about 8 inches tall), then cut out the middle, leaving a heart-shaped ring with inch-wide edges.

  2. Step 2

    Trace pattern onto thick cardboard for the wreath form and onto red felt for the backing: Cut shapes out, and use household glue to attach the felt to the form.

  3. Step 3

    Color the edges of the cardboard with a red felt-tip pen.

  4. Step 4

    Heat up a glue gun, and glue pistachios to the cardboard as shown, beginning at the V-shaped top of the heart and pointing the open ends of the shells outward. Cover the entire cardboard surface.

  5. Step 5

    In crevices between the rows of pistachios, dab hot glue to secure pink peppercorns (available at specialty food stores).

  6. Step 6

    Glue a picture hanger on the back, and loop ribbon through.

Martha Stewart Living, February 1996



Reviews (16)

  • Zalenziana 4 Feb, 2011

    Then I removed them and layed them on a styrofoam plate (not paper, so they wouldn't stick) in a single layer and left them out to dry for a day or two. I tested one by opening it and it was all dry inside so best of luck to those who try this. God bless!!! Let me know your results :-)

  • Zalenziana 4 Feb, 2011


  • Zalenziana 1 Feb, 2011

    I am in the same predicament. I cannot find dyed ones so I was thinking of doing it myself with koolaid and red food coloring. I need to know if this will create mold and also what is the best way to dye them? Hurry please, V-Day is coming very soon!!!! Thanks!

  • carmg 28 Jan, 2011

    I found red pistachios in bulk barn, a bulk bying food store in Canada and I think in the US. They are VERY made the hearts smaller and gave them to my dearest girlfriends. I also sprayed the finiish products with clear spray to protect them...

  • signe 20 Jun, 2010

    Its me again, I live in Saudi Arabia where everything is not available, so How would you dye the pistachios.

  • signe 20 Jun, 2010

    Lovely wreath, but how do I dye the pistachios

  • RealCelloGirl 10 Feb, 2009

    I found Red Pistachios at the Italien Market in Edmonton, AB,Canada. Maybe your local Italien Market has them too.

  • misscindyphan 18 Nov, 2008

    where can I buy red pistachios in Orange County?

  • IrmaRTO 24 Jul, 2008


  • sunshine 26 Jan, 2008

    freecare and KBee46. The website site keeps on cutting off the last of my message to you both. Try tomorrow.

  • sunshine 26 Jan, 2008

    Let me try this again. I wrote you both back for the info you gave me. When I subitted it only the first three words came up. Thank you freecare

  • sunshine 26 Jan, 2008

    Thank you both, freecare

  • freecare 25 Jan, 2008

    you can buy them red, but its not a silly question, :)

  • KDBee46 25 Jan, 2008

    Sunshine, I think once you expose and soak anything in water, it would be an invitation for mold and bacteria. If you want it to be edible, the water would wash off the salt too. Try looking for pistachios already dyed red. If you want to make it permanent you could use sealant spray or brush it on. let us know what you decide. :)

  • sunshine 25 Jan, 2008

    Hope this doesn't sound to dum but do you just get Rid Dye and let the pistachios go swimming for awhile then let them dry? I know that they will not be edible but do they become dry enough that they will never mold and last for ever?

  • bettyannkay 29 Nov, 2007

    I made these for my family for Christmas. It is so pretty and unusual. I do ornaments every year for them....sometimes three or four!