Upgrade a fall gourd to create an inexpensive Thanksgiving table centerpiece.
Apply water-based sizing (glue for gilding) with a foam brush to a dried gourd. Let dry until clear, about 20 minutes. Wearing cotton gloves, drape a copper leaf sheet over gourd, and smooth with fingertips. Burnish with a soft-bristle brush. Continue until gourd is covered. Let dry 24 hours.
Mix Shape Gourds, from $45 for a box of 3, welburngourdfarm.com.
Copper leaf, 5 1/2"-by-5 1/2" booklet, $11.50, nycentralart.com.