Waterproofing a Gourd?

I would like to know what kind of sealer to use to waterproof a gourd. I bought some and want to use them to put a potted plant in and then hang. Or is it OK to get them wet often? Thank you!


Jane from Bonifay, FL

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By timmel (Guest Post)
March 5, 20070 found this helpful

I don't think you have to waterproof them. My grandma always had some hanging around outside.

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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

Click on the url link below. It's what a fellow thrifty user posts as how she uses a gourd as a planter. It's really very cute!

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

Jane, you can seal it with polyurethane (from any hardware store.) While they feel 'woody', gourds aren't wood and unless the shell is very thick, it's probably a good idea to seal them, as they will over time absorb water and if they're set on a nice table, for example, the moisture seeping through will ruin your furniture. It's ok to leave them 'as is' for birdhouses, but for planters it depends how/ where you'll be displaying it.


An alternative to sealing is to get one of those plastic saucers -some are clear and flexible, from your local garden center and put one in the bottom of the gourd & set the plant on that. That's something that worked fine for me. I've done many art/ craft shows selling my gourdcraft and I get your question a lot!

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