Gourd Egg Painting Inspiration

To continue our Gourd Easter Egg theme from last week, we have more inspiration coming your way. Painting and dying Easter eggs is a wonderful tradition. We have so many fond memories of dying Easter eggs each year with those we love. Continue a tradition with painting gourd Easter eggs! Your masterpiece and memories will last from year to year.

This coming Friday and Saturday (March 16th & 17th) we are offering the opportunity to paint your own gourd eggs at our retail store (as well as baskets and birdhouses!) Bring the family for this great activity. The cost ranges from $1.00- $12.00 and we supply all the gourds, paints and other supplies (No reservations needed). Kids can even enter their painted egg in our Kids Art Contest! Read more here.

Gourd Easter Egg & Basket Painting at our 2011 Spring Open House

Here are some gourd egg painting ideas to get the inspirations rolling:

Doodle Eggs:

 

To make these stark black and white doodle eggs, first paint your gourd eggs white and let them dry. Then, simply take a sharpie and draw different patterns, flowers, etc. on the egg. Let your imagination run wild!

Speckled Eggs:

 

We just love the look of these speckled eggs and they can be used in so many different crafting and decorating applications once they’re painted. Some of these eggs are tea stained and some have been dyed blue using blue food coloring. Since your gourd eggs will already start off as brown, you may be able to skip the tea staining step or use it to alter the natural gourd to your desired brown color. Creating the speckled effect is very easy – just dip brown craft paint with a toothbrush and splatter away.

Chalkboard Eggs:

 

Chalkboard paint is just so much fun. In addition to its endless uses, why not use it on your gourd Easter eggs? Include a few of these lovelies in an Easter basket and personalize with chalk for the recipient!

Gilded Eggs:

 

Probably the most simple painting project with gourd eggs, create these gilded gems by spray painting gourd eggs with different metallic spray paints. Display in a basket or glass container to make an elegant statement.

Isn’t gourd egg painting fun??

Plant Holder Gourds

Since the warm weather is here and it’s time to spruce up the yard, here’s an idea for you! This would be a fun weekend project!

For this project we recommend the large bushel gourd as below:

You could also use a martin gourd if you cut the smaller part of the top off:

First, drill an opening and cut a hole in the top of your gourd. Make sure it’s large enough for the plants but small enough to withhold the structure of the gourd.

Then, to add some durability, spray the inside of your gourd with sealer. To hang the plant you can use netting, juke or any type of rope. It’s all comes down to your personal preference. Below shows what juke would look like. Also, don’t forget you can leave the gourd as its natural color or paint it any color you would like!

photo courtesy of www.thriftyfun.com

One of our Facebook fans uploaded this creative use of a gourd as a plant holder! We love it!

Thank you to Melnee for uploading this beautiful gourd to our Facebook page!

Cutting Open Your Cleaned Gourd

Now that you’ve removed the skin and mold from your gourd, you have to decide what you want to do with it.  For most projects, you’ll need to cut it open, so that’s what we’re going to do now.  In an earlier post, we talked about some of the tools you might want to start accumulating, and a small saw or knife was one of them.  If you can get hold of woodworking tools, they’ll do well.  But as we said before, these are pretty inexpensive to buy.

This bottle gourd is going to be made into a bowl.*

To mark the gourd where you want to cut it, you’ll need to steady your hand.  Bricks, blocks, books, something like that will work well.  Build them to where you want to cut the gourd and rest your hand – which should be holding a pencil or marker – on it.  Then just rotate the gourd to draw the line around it.  The picture to the left shows the line being drawn to make a bowl.

You may want to wear a mask when cutting to avoid inhaling any dust or mold from the inside. It’s also not a bad idea to wear eye protection.  To protect and stabilize the gourd, set it on an old blanket or towel, or use a foam pad, like in the picture below.


A foam pad will help stabilize and protect the gourd as you cut.*

You might want to hold the gourd between your knees, but obviously, be very careful.  Now, cut a starter hole.  A sharp kitchen knife will do for this.  Somewhere just a hair above the line you’ve  drawn, press it through the gourd shell and cut a hole just big enough to get your blade in.  Then grab your saw or knife and start cutting with a sawing motion.

Now that your gourd is open, scrape out all the seeds and pulp. You can use anything that will scrape: a grapefruit spoon, oyster shell. Some pottery and leather working tools work well here.

* Pictures from Gourd Crafts, by Ginger Summit