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 vignettes.
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.
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The 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.
Since I had these old gourds laying around, I decided to paint them for our fall mantel.
First I drilled a hole to give them a birdhouse look.
All you need is a small hole saw blade that you can attach to your drill.
Use a nail to make a pilot hole first. That helps keep the drill from jumping around.
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.
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.
I really like the way they turned out. Vibrant with a nice cozy autumn feel.
Note: These painted gourds are meant to be decorative birdhouses only, and should be kept indoors.
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