Painted Gourds

Painted Gourds

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2009


Dried gourds are lovely on their own, but a glossy finish turns them into works of art. Choose gourds in different shapes and sizes, and pick a palette of autumnal colors like these or hues that work with your decor. Use the gourds to embellish your table or as sculptural displays around the house.


  • Kraft paper

  • Dried gourds

  • Fine sandpaper

  • White primer

  • Paintbrush

  • Glossy spray paint or spray enamel


  1. Cover work surface with paper. 

  2. Clean gourds with a damp cloth, and sand off imperfections. 

  3. Paint gourds with white primer. Let dry overnight. Spray sections of gourds with glossy paint or enamel. Let dry for 3 hours. Turn gourds to spray unpainted areas. Let dry overnight. Repeat if necessary.


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