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I saved the gourds from my garden and hot glued them to an old vine wreath and added some ribbon and a poem. November Blessings to you all!
I was happily surprised at the end result. They used construction paper, as well as a few items that they had in their rooms. They turned out really well and lasted a long time since the kids just used tape to adhere everything, leaving the skin intact.
Source: I have looked through many, many books and magazines for my ideas, but nothing I do is copied exactly.
By Irisbird from Lillington, NC
By Sheri from Stockton
The little farmers are gourds, painted in the colors you want. You can get both straw hats or you can crochet them, which ever you like.
1 clean round gourd, glue, cotton balls or cotton fiber fill of any color, 1 large Christmas bell, acrylic paint, acrylic sealer, spray at least 2 times for good coverage.
Gourds from your garden can make cute crafts. I used doll hair and regular acrylic paint for my "Breast Cancer Buddy". My daughter, Eryn, came up with the film canister idea for a craft show.
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I am a crafter wanna be but have a lack of imagination, so I need pictures of other peoples crafts to get me started. I have a lot of old barn wood and can't get any ideas on what to do with it. The same with gourds as I find I am not the greatest painter. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
I recently bought some gourds from Michaels, I made birdhouses out of them for Christmas gifts . I can not paint either so I bought some "rub on stencils" (went on very easily) then sprayed polyurtherine on it to seal. I must say they turned out beautiful and everyone that has seen them thought I painted it on.
I will take your barn wood if you still have it. I have uses for it.
I'm a gourd grower and crafter. I love to paint and make thing with gourds. Just draw something on them and paint away. That is after ya clean them. You'll have a ball and believe me people will buy them.
I fell in love with gourds and mainly make purses out of them. I paint, wood burn and just polish them with shoe polish. the challenge is finding fasteners for the closures. i k stackhouse @ yahoo
Does anyone grow gourds? I am looking for some kettle gourds or other large type gourds. I paint and craft these and I am running out of my favorites. I have plenty of the apple gourds and others that I paint. I love to make birdhouses as well as other crafts from gourd. Please contact me if you have any gourds!
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Kathy from Beattyville, KY
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seems like i saw someone selling them on ebay, not sure it was back before halloween though. also, if you have a local radio station in your town that does a 30 minute show where people sell there items you could call in saying you wanted to by some. flea markets may sell them too or your local farmers market.
Try this link- there are growers listed as well as state societies where you may come in contact with other artists near you. http://www.amer ourdsociety.org/
Here is a website where you can order boxes of dried gourds.
I started growing my own about 2yrs ago, but before that I bought them on e-bay. You might also check online for your state's gourd society. The Tx State Gourd Society gives links to local growers as well as festivals and they always have plenty to sell.
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We do a lot of painted gourds. We sell quite a few. We grew these gourds and then cleaned and painted them.
I agree with the other comments - these are exceptionally nice! There is definitely a talented artist at work here. The compositions are great - does somebody have art training or just a natural gift?