Painting Gourds for Color & Whimsy to Your Fall Decor

Painting gourds adds a  little whimsy and color to your fall decor. Add a small hole, and you have a cute birdhouse look for your mantel or other vignette.

Painting gourds is a great project to do with the kids, or even with a group of girlfriends, when hosting a girls night out. The process is pretty simple and the cost is minimal. Perfect for decorating during the fall season, or really any time of year.

Painting Gourds

Painting gourds adds whimsy and color to your fall decor. Add a little hole and you have a cute birdhouse look for your mantel or other vignette.

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Painting gourds adds whimsy and color to your fall decor. Add a little hole and you have a cute birdhouse look for your mantel or other vignette.

These gourd bowls above were painted by myself and my daughters 15 years ago. We were on vacation at Wintergreen resort, and they offered this wonderful activity for families. I remember that they used dried out gourds for this project. They were already carved for us. All we did was paint them with leather paints provided by the resort. 

Painting gourds adds whimsy and color to your fall decor. Add a little hole and you have a cute birdhouse look for your mantel or other vignette.

I had these old gourds laying around so I decided to paint them for our fall mantel.

Painting gourds adds whimsy and color to your fall decor. Add a little hole and you have a cute birdhouse look for your mantel or other vignette.First I drilled a hole to give them a birdhouse look. All you need is a small hole saw that you can attach to your drill. You can also use a nail to make a pilot hole first. That helps keep the drill from jumping around.

Painting gourds adds whimsy and color to your fall decor. Add a little hole and you have a cute birdhouse look for your mantel or other vignette.

Clean out the gourds by shaking out any old seeds or fiber. There were quite a few old seeds inside. Then use some sandpaper or an emery board to smooth out the opening.

Painting gourds adds whimsy and color to your fall decor. Add a little hole and you have a cute birdhouse look for your mantel or other vignette.

In Wintergreen we used leather paints, and since I had some that is what I used here. I’m not really sure why but I bet you could use craft paints instead. Maybe give them a coat of spray poly for extra protection. 

Note: These painted gourds are meant to be decorative birdhouses only, and should be kept indoors.

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. These are cute, love simple crafts that make a fun statement and your color choice was perfect. Its been forever since I’ve painted something like this…. Great idea!!

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