A holiday table centerpiece we found in the November issue of Real Simple magazine uses gilded fruit. In the magazine, they are in a shallow bowl, but any decorative wood, glass, or – yes – gourd bowl will work just as well. They refer you to their web site for instructions on how to guild the fruit. It’s fairly, you guessed it, simple, and yields beautiful results. Here are the steps from the Real Simple website…
1. Clean and dry fruit. If you’re using fresh fruit, the firmer the better. You can get the same look with fake fruit, if you want it to last.
2. With a disposable paintbrush, apply a thin, even coat of water-based gilding adhesive like Rolco Aquasize ($15 for 16 ounces, fineartstore.com). Let dry until tacky (about 15 minutes).
3. Press sheets of faux gold leaf (available at crafts stores) onto the fruit with a soft cotton cloth. Overlap sheets slightly, and remove any loose pieces.
4. To give the fruit an antiqued look, use another soft cotton cloth to apply brown or black shoe polish. Buff to a high shine.
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While you’re at it, why not gild your dried gourds for a beautiful decoration that will last for years to come?
You can find dried, cleaned raw gourds on our website. Try placing gilded fruit and gourds in one of our gourd bowls. Try filling the bowls with other items, too. Nuts, autumn leaves, and other seasonal items would make a beautiful table scape as well.