Growing gourds is fun and easy. Watching them grow all summer is so fun. Harvesting and creating art is even more fun and make wonderful gifts.
This is how they look straight out of the garden; not too promising.
The gourd has to be scrubbed (again brillo does the trick) to remove dirt and waxy finish. Once it is dry, I used a wood carver to burn a pattern onto the gourd. Next, I used iridescent water colors to paint the leaves. Afterwhich, I used a spray lacquer for finish. I made quite a few of these and gave them away to coworkers at Christmas. This is a fun and easy project.
I used different leaves from the yard as patterns.
Making use of a broken gourd. Some gourds are thin in spots and break easily.
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Published February 22nd, 2015 3:04 PM