A graceful gourd isn't just decorative -- it can be practical, too. Fill it with sand and it makes a great doorstop. It's lovely as is, but you can also spray on a layer of gold paint as a festive finishing touch.
Martha Stewart Living, November 2011
Hold the gourd steady by clamping it into a vise or to a tabletop. Once it's secure, drill a hole through the bottom of the gourd.
Shake out any dried seeds or membrane, and discard.
Using funnel and scoop, fill gourd with sand. Plug the hole with the cork.
5- to 7-inch-diameter dried gourd, pumpkinhollow.com
Cordless power drill
1 3/8-inch Forstner drill bit, by Diablo; homedepot.com
Play sand or aquarium sand
Size 18 cork (9/16 inch to 1 1/2 inches), save-on-crafts.com