Gourd Crafts for the First Time
Most ancient cultures used gourds in every aspect of life. Decorating gourds is everybody's favorite craft, as you'll see from the more than two-dozen varied projects shown here. A handy guide tells you where to find or buy gourds, and how to prepare them. Then use your easily-learned skills with leather-dye, egg-dye, spray and acrylic paint, wax shoe polish, d coupage, airbrush, waxed linen, dyed raffia, and beads. Select your projects: storage containers for food, medicine, herbs, seeds, oils, jewelry, and even sacred objects. Turn dipper gourds into ladles, bowls, and cooking utensils, or create musical instruments such as thumb pianos, harps, banjos, drums, and rattles, as well as a variety of masks, earrings and necklaces, piggy banks, bird feeders, birdhouses, toys, candleholders, and luminaries.
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acrylic paint acrylic sealer Allow the paint Allow the sealer approximately birdfeeder birdhouse Bottle gourd brush centered on top Clean the inside color Craft wire Cutting the Gourd Decorative beads decoupage medium diameter Discard the top disposable gloves drill bit drilled holes electric drill embellished glue sticks gourd as shown Gourd Critter Gourd on pages Gourd Open gourd's surface gun and glue hot glue hot-glue gun ladles leather cord leather dye masking tape metallic gold needle-nosed pliers Open on pages Paint a smaller paint the gourds paint to dry pencil pine needles Preparing the Gourd raffia Refer to Technique Scrub the gourd sea sponge sealer to dry seed serrated craft knife shown at right smaller dot soft-bristled paint soft-bristled paintbrush sponge dauber sponge-paint Spray paint Spray-paint the inside stitched Super-strength glue Tools and supplies top edge Wax shoe polish waxed linen wide-tipped Wood-burned Wooden star wreath