Turning Gourds into Art

Hand Painted Gourds with Sensible Gardening and Living

Last summer I planted ornamental gourds for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at how well they did. I planted the hard skinned gourds because I wanted to dry them over the winter and then paint on them. I’ve seen painted gourds before at craft shows and thought they would make a great gift. Totally home made from start to finish! To see how I grew and dried the gourds read my article ORNAMENTAL GOURDS. ¬†

Growing Gourds / Sensible Gardening and Living

Every gourd has its own unique shape so decide which gourd you want to use for your art project.

Gourds / Sensible Gardening and Living

Once the gourds were totally dry I gave them a wash with warm water and dried them thoroughly. There were a few dried spots of white mold stain on the bottom, so I rubbed them down with rubbing alcohol.

White Mold Stain / Sensible Gardening and Living
Rubbing Alcohol / Sensible Gardening and Living


You can get your inspiration from many sources. Pictures, magazine photos, your own photos, greeting cards, art books or where ever.

Art Cards / Sensible Gardening and Living

Once I had decided what I wanted to paint I sketched an outline of my picture onto the gourd in pencil.

Pencil Sketch / Sensible Gardening and Living

Next I painted onto the gourd using acrylic paints. Oil paint takes too long to dry and water colour paint will rub off. You can purchase paints and brushes at any craft store. Please keep in mind that you do not have to be an artist to enjoy this project. Use colours you love, turn on your imagination and just give it a go.

Acrylic tubes / Sensible Gardening and Living
Painted Gourd / Sensible Gardening and Living

After the paint was thoroughly dry, I gave the painted gourd an even coat of varnish. If you plan to use your gourd art outside be sure to use a varnish finish suitable for the outdoor elements. Otherwise an interior varnish is all you need.  Allow to dry completely. Voila, there you have it. A lovely hand grown and hand crafted piece for your own home or to give as a gift. I really think they are great!

Painted Gourd / Sensible Gardening and Living
Painted Gourd / Sensible Gardening and Living
Painted Gourd / Sensible Gardening and Living





2 thoughts on “Turning Gourds into Art

  1. These are cute. My cousin has made me many birdhouses with these. So colorful. And I did not know about wiping off the mildew with alcohol. Who knew? I always thought they were not usable then. Thanks!

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