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« on: November 04, 2009 04:21:37 PM »

I grew many ornamental gourds this year and they are all drying.  They are great for decorating this time of year, but in order to craft with them they have to dry out.  Most times, store bought gourds have a coat of varnish on them and this does not allow them to dry properly.  I drilled a few holes in the bottom last year and was successful.  This year I grew a ton of my own.

I made flowers from the dried gourds by cutting each one in half and shaping petals by cutting them with scissors (they have a thin shell).  If the shell is thicker, they can be soaked in water for a few hours and then cut with scissors.

I drilled a hole in the center bottom and used pipe cleaners as stems; also woodburned the edges for a nice look.  You can paint the gourds or stain or leave them natural.  I used another small gourd for the vase.


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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009 05:31:45 PM »

Ok, this is just frickin' awesome.  You are my  new hero. 

I have been wanting to do gourd art, but the only things I have been able to make is bowls and sconces.

Are they hard to grow?  I have raised beds and have been successfully growing squash, so I'm assuming they will grow the same way.  And how long do they need to dry before you can work them?

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009 05:47:25 PM »

Gourds are Very easy to grow...the ornamentals (mini) don't take up much space, but the others such as apple, bottle, martin do.  They will grow vines that go all over - the flowers are gorgeous.  The minis will dry (turn brown and become light) in a month or two where the bigger gourds will take up to 6 months (maybe even a year if it's a biggy) ... gives you time to think about a design.  I think they are awesome and Fun to design.  I made some mini pumpkins for Halloween

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2009 06:02:25 PM »

These are really cute, too. 

Thanks for the info.  I think next spring I will plant a bed full of gourds. 

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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2009 07:21:33 PM »

Oh wow, I never would have thought of that.  They look fabulous!  I really love the textures of the flowers.  So unique and really lovely.
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2009 07:22:29 PM »

These are beautiful! How long do they have to dry before cutting them open?
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2009 05:18:45 AM »

I would have never thought of doing something like this.  That is super creative and super awesome. 

Great job, those really are beautiful flowers.

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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2009 07:02:33 AM »

Thank you very much for all the kind comments!  The drying process can take a few months or up to a year; it all depends on the size of the gourd.  Here is a picture of dried mini gourds

« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2009 09:02:32 AM »

I always grow squash so I'm guessing this won't be too much of a stretch...
thanks for the great ideas!
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2010 06:14:24 AM »

Wanted to add the ornaments I made this past Christmas season -


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