Gourd Art

We have friends from the beach campground that we met years ago. We usually will see them one or two times each year when we go. I heard he had lots of gourds that were ready to harvest. I have always wanted a gourd bird house so I asked him for a couple. 

We did not see these friends the last time we were at the beach but he informed me that he had brought me three gourds and the were with some other friends of his. He told me which site they were at and I went and got the gourds. I did not know what to expect when I first saw them. They were rough and messy looking. They were just plain ole ugly.


When I got home from the beach, I immediately took them out to the patio. I kept looking at them for a few days and thought “this is going to be more work than I thought”. Then I finally tackled it and with a little sand paper and washing, they started looking more like something to work with. My sister took one to paint leaving me with two. 

A couple more weeks went by before I decided to work on a design for the bird house. I wanted something natural looking and did not want to use paint or stain. I ended up stenciling a boho floral pattern and burned it into the gourd with my little wood burner. It was not an easy task and my wood burner was not that great. It was ok though. I do not think any birds will complain about it. 


Next, I had Nick cut me a hole for the entrance. He could not find his hole driller bit so he had to make do with a drill. Again, I do not think the birds will care. I actually like the imperfect look. He also drilled some small holes in the bottom for drainage and a couple at the top to thread a piece of leather through for hanging. I finished it off by rubbing it down with some coconut oil. I can not wait to get it hung next Spring. I hope I have some renters. 

With the other gourd, I had Nick cut it so I could make a bowl. I left it natural as well. I think it will make a great out door planter or decorative bowl for a patio table. 


Cleaning the gourds out was easy. The inside was not as nasty as I thought it would be. There was a white webbed substance that felt like soft toilet paper. I didn't worry about getting it all out in the birdhouse gourd as the birds will actually use it for nesting. The seeds just fell out. 


If you would like some gourd seeds, just let me know by leaving your email in comments 
and I will get back to you.
You will get 25-30 for $5.00 while supply last. 
This just covers shipping and handling. 

3 comments

  1. Your gourd turned out great!! I had one once and it lasted a long time but nothing lasts forever. I wonder if gourd are hard to grow? Love the art work you did on it!

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  2. Funny that, gourds. They were part of our lives. We have one Gourd bird house down in the picnic area and several others, but the Gourd ALWAYS goes first. I noticed we have a family inside now. The artwork on your gourd is SWEET! love it. Sherry & jack
    PS: We visited Mary Ann up in Lenoir and of course your name came up, she admires your talent and abilities....

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  3. Great job. The birdhouse is wonderful.
    I had a gourd birdhouse and a wren made a nest in it!

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