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Gourd Door Stopper

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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2011


  • 5- to 7-inch-diameter dried gourd,
  • Cordless power drill

  • 1 3/8-inch Forstner drill bit, by Diablo;
  • Funnel

  • Scoop

  • Play sand or aquarium sand

  • Size 18 cork (9/16 inch to 1 1/2 inches),


  1. 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.

  2. Shake out any dried seeds or membrane, and discard.

  3. Using funnel and scoop, fill gourd with sand. Plug the hole with the cork.

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