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Gourd Bowls

Mixing painted bowls made from dried gourds with a pair of whole crook necks gives the autumnal standbys a life beyond the Thanksgiving table.

Gourd Bowls

Photography: Laurie Frankel

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September 2007

Introduction

Although they are traditional fall-decorating fodder, these gourds manage to look surprisingly fresh -- more evocative of modernist ceramics than of paper pilgrim-hat place cards (not that there's anything wrong with those). Mixing painted bowls made from dried gourds with a pair of whole crook necks gives the autumnal standbys a life beyond the Thanksgiving table.

Resources: Plasti-Kote Odds n' Ends enamel, plastikote.com for stores.

materials

  • Gourds

  • Saw -- any saw would do but a jigsaw works best

  • Sandpaper

  • Paint brushes

  • Can of paint primer

  • High-gloss craft enamel

  • Metallic pad or Ice cream scooper

steps

  1. Trace a line around the gourd.

  2. Cut gourd in half with saw.

  3. Discard seeds and dried membrane, then place gourd in bowl of warm water. Allow gourd to soak for about 20 minutes.

  4. Scrape away remaining pulp using metallic pad or an ice cream scooper.

  5. Sand gourd.

  6. Apply a coat of primer and let dry.

  7. Paint bowl with high-gloss craft enamel.

  8. Fill bowl with natural, textured accents such as acorns, dried pomegranates, fresh rose petals, mini dried gourds, and thistle.

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