Ghoulish Gourds for Halloween

See how ghoulish painted gourds can add just as much fun to your Halloween decor as pumpkins.


Materials and Tools:

dried and cleaned gourds
ivory spray paint
black craft paint
detail paintbrushes
power or hand drill and a ¼" bit
wood bead
black twine
dowel or metal rod


1. Spray paint the gourds and one wooden bead for each gourd with ivory spray paint. Allow the paint to dry.

2. Paint eyes, nose and a spooky mouth on the gourds with black craft paint. Allow the paint to dry.

3. Drill a hole into the top and bottom of each gourd with the drill and ¼" bit.

4. Tape the end of a piece of twine to the dowel or metal rod. Feed the dowel or rod through the top of the gourd and out the bottom. Remove the tape and tie the end of the twine to a painted wooden bead.

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