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DIY Gourd Craft – Just Gourd for it!

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DIY Gourd Craft

I planted some gourds last year and have been tripping up on our harvest.  I had used gourds as maracas when my children were small, but I can’t honestly say that I have “crafted” with Gourds.  I’ve seen a wonderful display of possibilities  (a “quick” search on Pinterest will blow your mind), so I was ready to tackle the chore.

DIY Gourd Craft

Most posts cautioned about mold dust and such, so I was good to keep the gourd wet while working on it, to keep the dust down. It cleaned up rather easily with just a bit of effort and a scouring pad. I like the marbled effect I was achieving so I wasn’t too determined to get it completely clean ( read: minimum effort =maximum results).

I used a regular ol’ hand saw to cut the neck off.  I shook the seeds out then used a hand drill to make holes along the design that I wanted ( no photos, sorry). I used a simple jigsaw blade in my hand and started connecting the holes that I had drilled.  This part was surprisingly easy. I used a little scrap of sandpaper (for this I suggest a mask for protection) and worked it carefully along the cut ends and design.

I used my husband’s shoe polish and an old rag to distribute the wax.  I wasn’t thrilled with the results but my handy son suggested I use a lighter to warm the wax for easier application.  I took his suggestion as an offer and, with my new volunteer, proceeded to cover the remaining gourd with ease.

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This was my first attempt and certainly far from perfect, but I am happy enough with the results that I am eager to attempt some of the more complicated designs on Pinterest.  

DIY Gourd Craft

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4 thoughts on “DIY Gourd Craft – Just Gourd for it!

    • Thank you daahling! Almost as awesome as the Tillmanator Carding Contraption you finished today. I’m really excited about that project. Thank you!!!

  1. Ellienoir, this is an amazing project and so beautiful too… I must give this a try for my own yarn .. oh my this is so great….
    Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~

    • Thank you Laura! It was much easier than I was expecting. The added benefit is that I have a ton of gourd seeds now 🙂

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