Decorating with Gourds
By Erik Neilson
, last updated November 1, 2011
When the fall comes around, many people start thinking about how they can better decorate with pumpkins and gourds. Gourds can be extremely attractive when used correctly, although improper decoration often has mixed results. The fact is, there are a variety of different ways to approach decorating with gourds, many of which are easy to implement even for those who have never done so before.
Gourds can be very effective when used as containers in the fall, which is very easy to do. Simply cut a clean line through the top of the gourd and hollow it out (wear gloves if you’d like). Depending upon the shape of the gourd, it can be used to hold a variety of different items, including flowers and potpourri. Keep in mind, however, that a hollowed-out gourd will only last for so long until it begins to rot.
Gourds as Birdhouses
Gourds are ideal for use as birdhouses, as the end result can be a lot of fun. While not quite as easy as hollowing out a gourd to be used as a container, you can cut a small hole right in the center of the gourd and hollow it out with a spoon. Simply glue a peg or stick onto the outside of the gourd in order to create a perch for a bird to rest on, and you’ll have a veritable birdhouse that is sure to attract a great deal of compliments.
Sometimes it’s best to simply let gourds speak for themselves without augmenting them in any way. As a result, you may want to try lining your mantel with a variety of different gourds, which is not only easy, but very attractive as well. Be sure to take care in lining your mantel only with gourds that are of the utmost in quality.