I grew quite a few mini gourds this past season and while most are still drying on racks, a few were finished with the drying phase and I was anxious to use them for Christmas ornaments. In the past I created some really neat gourd flowers with my minis and some pumpkin decorations. These I posted at Craftster and can be seen here. For my lastest creation I first added a thread hanger so I could work on the gourds from all sides and they could dry nicer.
I painted 2 coats of white acrylic paint on some and 2 coats of black on others. I let this dry then added my designs. The 3 littliest gourds turned out super …
as did the mini snowmen ornaments. I finished by adding a coat of Mod Podge for sealing and for the shiny affect. At first I tried Polycrylic which I read was a good product to use to seal the gourds, but it seemed to eat at the paint. Not sure why that happened but will do some further research. I still have a handful of mini gourds to decorate and tons more once my harvest drys up … so Fun! It is amazing how they can be transformed into creations of art!
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Here are 2 larger gourds drying on the racks also. Haven’t decided what they will turn into yet!