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Crafts Using Gourds

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Gourds are great to use for craft projects, there are so many possibilities. This is a guide about crafts using gourds.


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November 20, 2008

gourd wreath on door

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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!


September 6, 2012

The kids are always asking us to buy those funky decorative gourds at the grocery store in the fall. I usually say no, but last year I gave in and let them each pick one. They were initially annoyed that I wouldn't let them try to carve them, but I challenged them to find a different way to decorate them.

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.

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September 9, 20120 found this helpful

Oh Annie, these are just too cute! I can always tell something is yours by your wallpaper! I bet they had a ball doing it, too!


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October 6, 2009

I enjoy raising and decorating gourds. The one here is one of my favorites. It only required tan leather dye, a skill saw with a fine blade and a drill and bit along with a little sandpaper and leather lacing.

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

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October 8, 20090 found this helpful

I really, really like this! Grandma Jan & Kato the Wonder Dog!

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By 0 found this helpful
July 29, 2008


  • dried gourd
  • Tacky glue
  • black yarn
  • paint for face and dress
  • red and white boas
  • spray sealer



  1. Scrub the gourd good and let dry about 45 minutes.
  2. Paint on face and hair and let dry about 15 minutes.
  3. Paint on dress and let dry about 15 minutes.
    I get hats from craft store and glue a red boa on them then fit to the head. (I use tacky glue.) I use black yarn for more hair and better fit for the hat, just mess with it a little.
  4. Glue white boa around neck.
  5. Spray with clear sealer.

By Sheri from Stockton

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 31, 20080 found this helpful

Wow, I'd never have thought of something like that. Great job!

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May 14, 2008

Gourds painted to look like farmers.

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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.


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August 12, 2008

A snowman gourd ornament.

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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.


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October 16, 2008

Green gourd person

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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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October 3, 2005

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?


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By guest (Guest Post)
December 4, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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February 3, 20060 found this helpful

I will take your barn wood if you still have it. I have uses for it.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 5, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 28, 20080 found this helpful

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

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November 21, 2007

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

Editors Note: Here is a ThriftyFun article if you would like to know more about growing gourds yourself:

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November 21, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 22, 20070 found this helpful

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

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November 26, 20070 found this helpful

Here is a website where you can order boxes of dried gourds.

http://www.welb  S&Category=3

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 19, 20070 found this helpful

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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January 8, 20081 found this helpful

We do a lot of painted gourds. We sell quite a few. We grew these gourds and then cleaned and painted them.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 8, 20080 found this helpful

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?

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