One way to add an interesting touch to your holiday decor is to use gourds as part of your wreaths.
Our small Angel gourd, Emily, is pictured above attached to the wreath on our Retail Store door. Give the wreath some interest with pinecones and other ornaments.
Any of these gourd ornaments pictured above would make a lovely addition to your wreath!
Picture these little guys on a rustic, snowflake wreath like pictured below.
image courtesy ochristmastress.com
Or get really creative and craft a wreath in the actual shape of a snowflake:
image by Little Things Brings Smiles (click for original post)
The gourd snowman ornament would look adorable in the center of this unique, rustic display!
Click here for the tutorial on how to craft this snowflake wreath. The instructions are for a much smaller decoration, but you can always make it larger to fit any door or space.
In yesterday’s post we talked about ways to use our Gourdicopia collection to create a stunning Thanksgiving table. We have even more ideas for you today!
Instead of using a bowl or container, create a Thanksgiving centerpiece spread. We absolutely love this table design by Kim Krejca. (view her original post here.)
image by Kim Krejca
Using Williams-Sonoma Great American Turkey dish towels as inspiration and a starting point, Kim used items she had around the house to create this lovely spread. She incorporated artichokes, pears, dried gourds, pomegranates, artificial white pumpkins and autumn leaves, but the possibilities are really endless!!
Photo by Kim Krejca
Another way to enjoy the rustic simplicity of a raw, cleaned gourd is to craft it into a gourd luminary centerpiece. Just be sure to use an LED tealight in your dried gourds and not a real candle.
image courtesy of marthastewart.com
These examples by Martha Stewart are a great starting point for inspiration! The best thing is, once you create your luminaries they will last for years to come.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy fall decorating project, here is an idea that we just love.
Simply take your small, fresh ornamental gourds and pumpkins and spray paint them different metallic colors of your choosing. We love the look of gold and a taupe-silver together.
You can display these sophisticated beauties in so many ways! Group them together as shown on a cake stand for a gorgeous, simple centerpiece, or display them in a large bowl mixed with pinecones, twigs, and other fall elements.
metallic gourd centerpiece
You can also take this technique and apply it to dried gourds for an arrangement that will last from year to year.
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2 inch bottle gourds (shown above) would make for a lovely arrangement. Mix the dried gourds in with the fresh gourds and pumpkins for an interesting, fall display.
We may be jumping the gun a little bit with this fall-decor themed post, but we just can’t contain ourselves! Fall is our favorite time of the year here at Meadowbrooke Gourds and decorating with fall gourds offers endless inspiration and creativity. Get started now planning your fall parties and decorations. You will be ready when fall is finally here!
These beautiful ideas are from Better Homes and Gardens. They are using fresh, ornamental gourds for their displays, however, we suggest using dried gourds for a display that can be used and changed year after year!
Gourd Place Setting:
Charm your guests with an adorable petite gourd welcoming them to their seat! Wrap a winding twig around each gourd. Then, attach a ribbon with each guest’s name.
image courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens. (click for original)
We suggest using one of our petite splendor gourds instead. They come packaged in a bag of five and you will receive one each of the following colors: Honey, Nutmeg, Paprika, Pumpkin Spice and Parsley.
Handcrafted Petite Splendor Gourds. (click to purchase online)
This centerpiece idea really caught our attention. Pairing gourds with books offers an unexpected table-scape. We love the look of the black with the natural colors of the gourds.
Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens. (click for original)
Layer striking black books with colorful dried gourds. With all the different shapes and sizes available, your centerpiece display will be vibrant and interesting!
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