September Product of the Month - Autumn Luminary
Hello! We hope you all had a wonderful weekend. By the way, did you try that Watermelon Cake recipe we gave you for Labor Day? Let us know what you thought of it.
The September Product of the Month is one of our luminaries. You’ve probably seen others on our site. They have leaf cut-outs and there’s a small light at the bottom. You can see how pretty that looks. The Product of the Month is a little different, it has acorn cut-outs, too, but it’s the same idea.
For you crafty types, a gourd luminary is something that you may want to try for yourself! A lot of ours are made from martin gourds. You know, the ones that look like giant pears. (They are also perfect for martin – and other small roosting birds – nests. More about that in a later post.)
Raw Martin Gourd
Raw Penguin Gourd
We also use penguin gourds for luminaries. The martin might be easier for your first try, though, just because of its size.
Luminaries do not require a lot of artful decorating. No complex painting, no adding on things like straw for hair, or putting parts of two gourds together, like our thistle feeders. To put a finish on the gourd, you can use paint, or the kind of stains you get at a hardware store, or cream shoe polish, even wax, if you want to let the surface of the gourd shine through. We’ll go into all that in more detail in an upcoming post.
The only other thing you need is a craft knife, and those are easy to find and inexpensive. The ones with the retractable blade are not going to be as stable – and therefore, not as safe – as the fixed blade kind, like the ones to the left.
Fixed-Blade Craft Knives
And those are not that much more. You can get really good ones for about $15. There are ergonomically designed knives, too.
So, this might make a good first project for you. We’ll show you the details as we go along, but if you want to start right now, there are video tutorials online that can help you. Or contact us and we’ll give you a hand. Also, we offer gourd crafting classes throughout the year! You design the shape, then our craftsmen will do the hard part and cut it out for you. The next classes will be our create your own Jack O’Lantern events!