Wandering around my favorite local antique mall (The Depot in Concord, NC) last week I spotted a huge basket of gourds. All different shapes and sizes for $5 each, and they already had a hole for a planter or birdhouse! Naturally I bought three, and immediately thought to paint them.
Gourds naturally have a nice, rustic look and are beautiful as-is (my kids call them bee hives!) but our home style is a bit more modern. And white paint worked wonderfully on these!
Read below for a full step-by-step tutorial for painting your own autumn gourds. They would go great near a front entryway with pumpkins or hanging on a back porch.
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Looking for gourds? Try your local farmers market, seasonally at grocery stores, or on Etsy.
Sand all rough patches on each gourd. You will still have some uneven texture on the gourd after sanding. It is part of its organic beauty!
Throughly wipe off each gourd with a damp towel.
Prime! Apply two light coats of primer to all sides of gourds in a well-ventilated area. Dry according to can directions.
Apply two light coats of spray paint. I used a chalky finish style spray paint with a matte finish to give the gourds a more modern look (it helps hide imperfections too!) Dry according to can directions.
Tie grass cord in a knot to top of gourd and hang.
This is a simple and affordable DIY that can be completed in an afternoon. The texture of the gourds is really fun and unpredictable, which I love. And the grass cord ads a nice bit of contrast too. The gourds have an Autumn look in a fresh, modern way.