Decorating for the Artistic Soul

How to Dry Gourds for Using with Art

Posted on: October 2, 2008

We’re pulling up an old post from last year because it was such a popular one. We thought it might be a good idea to refresh it here for those of you just visiting us this year. It’s great for the new fall season and can help with your fall decorating ideas.

Fresh Gourds

When it comes to gourd art, many people ask how they can dry out their own gourds for making beautiful hand-crafted designs. If you do not grow your own gourds and would rather skip the drying phase and get right to decorating and designing, you can purchase already dried gourds. There are many great locations to purchase these already dried and prepared gourds and you can be well on your way to creating gourd art in no time at all.

However, if you grow your own gourds or if you’d like to try your hand at drying them yourself, here are some tips for you to follow. Remember that the most important tip for drying your own gourds is not to rush it. It’s very important that you let nature run its natural course and dry the gourds. You should never dry to scrape them or do anything to try to force them to dry sooner.

1. When you harvest the gourds is important. Get them when they are ripe at the end of season and when the stem has turned brown. Keep some of the stem on the gourd when you harvest it (1-3 inches, depending on size of the gourd).

2. Gently remove any dirt or soil that is on the gourd. You don’t have to scrub the soil away; just gently shake off the excess.

3. Use a rubber band or string to attach to the stem so that you can hang the gourd for drying. Find a dark, well-ventilated area to hang your gourds to dry. A garage or a basement usually works well.

4. Check in on your gourds often. If mold develops on the skin of the gourd, you will need to remove it. (You can remove the mold gently with a 10% solution of bleach).

5. When you check in on the gourds, you should tap them gently with your hand to judge how they are drying. Once they are dry to the touch and make a hollow sound, they are ready to use for art.

6. You only need to check on your gourds about once a month. It can take 2-4 months for your gourds to dry out depending on the conditions where they are and the type of gourd.

7. When your gourds are dry and you are ready to use them you can paint them with a layer of varnish or paste wax if you want to preserve the finish.

8. Begin decorating!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Welcome To Our Blog

Here you’ll enjoy decorating tips, product reviews, articles and more on Unique Gifts and Home Decor. Check out our unique American made artisan items.

Got suggestions or questions? Contact us at: blog @

 Subscribe in a reader
sports betting is a website providing information about the best online sports betting reviews. With the exact comment on the betting website, we will help you bet easily and safest on sports - all types of sports. We cover the main online sports betting websites with reviews and information you can actually use to make a wise decision about where to enjoy spending your money - and winning even more so you won’t have a waste time to look for because we have all the information which you need. Our website has provided a common point as follows: The range and bonus promotions The content is extremely abundant: not only football betting online, you can also participate in online betting in other sports fields. You can bet online any time: early morning or late night, thousands place your sports bets online are ready to serve the needs of your online betting. Our online betting reviews are completed and give you a quick and easy glance at what the website has to offer you. From information on depositing money to all the bonuses and promotions they may be offering, we have what you need to know to make a good decision about gambling. You can bet online anywhere: whether at home, at the office, business trips or even abroad can also participate in online betting. With huge financial potential of the reputable ones, you are always sure about the solvency joining online betting. Coming to Sports Betting Now, whether you are a new to online gambling or a seasoned expert, we have what you need to know to choose the best sports book for your personal tastes. Therefore we are one of the best places to find betting information. sports betting sites We offer the best sports betting sites of the World, with a staff of friendly support is always ready to help you 24/7 and make the ultimate security for yours deposit. You can access and betting on sports betting sites by computer or mobile phone easily. Here are sports betting sites reviews that we guarantee you can trust. betting odds If you are looking for a provider of the best “sport betting odds” you’ve found it here. We are always updating sport betting odds for all the sports domestic and foreign. We take sports betting information in the most prestigious sites in the world and help you get the best sport betting odds and many great promotions from the sports betting sites. online betting sites We provide the best online betting sites with the system of the World gives players peace of mind and a safe environment. User Interface of the best online betting sites are very user-friendly and allows players to bet more easily. Continuously update the results live sports, super rapidly payment, and easy access. And players can bet regularly rapidly. Here are the best online betting sites which we ensure you can trust.

Featured Products

Amber Night Light   

At Unique Decor Online, you'll find artist handmade items. To see more of our great products, visit today!
AddThis Feed Button Bookmark and Share


October 2008
« Sep   Nov »
blog search directory
%d bloggers like this: