Oh my gourd…
There are so many things you can do with gourds
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Gourd have been used in homes for a very long time. From recipes to really cool crafts. They have so many useful applications.
I’ve always been interested in doing crafts with gourds. I figured a few other moms wanted to do the same. So, I thought it would be nice to gather some information on how to do some great stuff with gourds so you don’t have to. I have found some really fun things you can do that are fairly easy to accomplish.
Here are some great ideas I found all over the blogosphere to help you become inspired to decorate your home with these beauties. I hope you enjoy some of these crafts.
The beginner’s Guide to Gourd Crafting (Click this image if you would like to buy the book)
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Basics of Crafting with gourds
How to clean a gourd and basic decoration
How to craft with gourds
The pulp inside your gourd will have dried either as a solid mass or as a dusty mixture of seeds and pulp pieces. It is fairly easy to determine the kind of dried pulp inside the gourd by shaking it. If you hear a thunk inside, the pulp is a solid mass. If you hear a rattle, you have loose seeds and pulp
If you plan to make a birdhouse from your gourd, then you may want to drill a hole to install a skewer as a perch. You can easily punch holes in your gourd with an awl-just apply gentle pressure and twist the awl a little until it passes through the wall of the gourd.
Colored pencils provide a softer look and are also good for children. However, since the surface of the gourd is uneven, it can be harder to get good coverage. To work the pencil pigment into the little pits of the gourd surface, try cutting a cotton swab stick in two, and rubbing the cut end of the stick into the pencil marks.
Glue-Decorated Gourds Centerpiece
Glue decorated Gourd Centerpiece
Feel daring? Create your own abstract design by lightly drawing it on with a pencil! In either case, you’ll want to practice the design with your hot glue gun.
Let dry by standing the gourds upright in recycled cottage cheese or yogurt containers.
Apply two coats of paint in a color of your choice, allow to dry, and you’ve got a seasonal centerpiece you can be proud of.
Preserving Ornamental Gourds
Preserving Ornamental Gourds
Ornamental gourds add color and interest to fall arrangements and decorations. Children as well as adults take great interest in these odd plants. Gourds, members of the Cucurbitaceae family, come in bell, orange, egg, pear and apple shapes. They may be smooth, warty, colored, plain striped or ridged in pattern.
Fall Crafts with Gourds
These gourds have tough skin so make sure you use a good sharp cutting tool to get through them and be careful.
Stacked Gourd Topiaries. How fun are these! Use larger gourds in all shapes and colors for a front door topiary by simply placing a stake in the center of the pot and pushing it through your gourds.
Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds
Use thrift store candles and a can of spray paint to make your mini pumpkins the star
organic take of a fall cloche could be used on any style table, or would be really fresh as a coffee table decoration for the season
This is a great book for gourd crafts 20 great projects dye, paint, cut, carve, bead and wood burn in a weekend
This is a more traditional way to use pumpkins… I like the idea of the layered leaves, and the use of the different pumpkins.
These gourds are the perfect example of how you can make a minimalist look really warm and inviting, and budget friendly, yet still have a clean look
Very beautiful centerpiece
Fun with kids crafts
Gourd Fall kids craft
These are a couple great resource for Crafting with Gourds Gourd Craft
Doing crafts with family and/or friends can be a lot of fun. I find it very relaxing to use something natural like gourds or pumpkins to make something so beautiful.
It takes very little time to prepare and I’m sure you will be very happy with the results.
Here are some gourd recipes just for fun
How to cook a gourd:
Gourds aren’t used so much in American cooking. They are very much used in Indian cooking though. There are a lot of curry recipes using gourds.
Now a bit of information and history:
“A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae, particularly Cucurbita and Lagenaria or the fruit of the two genera of Bignoniaceae”calabash tree”, Crescentia and Amphitecna.
The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells, and some without. Likely one of the earliest domesticated types of plants, have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC. They have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film, and food.
Gourd is occasionally used to describe crop plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, like pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, luffa, and melons. More specifically, gourd refers to the fruits of plants in the two Cucurbitaceae genera Lagenaria and Cucurbita, or also to their hollow, dried-out shell. A gourd can also have a hard shell when dehydrated.
There are many different gourds worldwide. The main plants referred to as gourds include several species from the Cucurbita genus (mostly native to North America, including the Malabar gourd and turban squash), Crescentia cujete (the tree gourd or calabash tree, native to the American tropics) and Lagenaria siceraria,
Cultures from arid regions often associated gourds with water, and they appear in many creation myths. Since the beginning of their history, they have had a multitude of uses, including food, kitchen tools, toys, musical instruments and decoration. Today, gourds are commonly used for a wide variety of crafts, including jewelry, furniture, dishes, utensils and a wide variety of decorations using carving, burning and other techniques.
The Chinese developed a technique of tying a two-part mould around young gourds, or a part of them, so that the gourd grew into the mould and took its shape. Shaped gourds had various decorative uses, especially as boxes, bottles and other containers.
The Luffa, Luffa aegyptiaca and Luffa acutangula, have been used throughout recent history as scrubbing sponge and strainer. This is prepared by removing the skin and pulp from the gourd, and bleaching the fibers.”
The name gourd is applied to those whose fruits have hard, durable shells used for ornament and as utensils, e.g., drinking cups, dippers, and bowls. The Old World genus Lagenaria includes the calabash, dipper, and bottle gourds. Luffa cylindrica is the loofah, dishcloth gourd, or vegetable sponge; when the edible fruit—called California okra in the S United States—is bleached dry, the inner fibrous network is used as a filter or a scrubbing sponge. Among the many other gourds are the serpent, or snake, gourd (Trichosanthes anguina) of Indomalaysia, whose slender fruit reaches 6 ft (1.8 m) in length. Many of the edible members of the family have been cultivated for so long—often since prehistoric times—that a single species may include several quite different varieties. Cucurbitaincludes the pumpkin, the vegetable marrow, and the summer squashes.
List of Gourds and Squashes
With all of these ideas for crafts and recipes, I’m sure I will be pretty busy in the next few months. I love doing crafts and seeing the finished product of my efforts and hard work.
Will you try any of these ideas? What is your favorite?
Do you have any of your own crafts for the fall season that you like to do?
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!