How to Use Gourds and Okra Pods to Make Halloween Ghosts

Use natural materials to make easy Halloween decor.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

I love using natural materials for crafts. In fact, I only really grow okra so I can make them into ornaments for Halloween and Christmas. Gourds are also handy blank palettes that can be transformed into fun, festive seasonal decor.

Tools and Materials

  • dried gourds
  • dried okra
  • black and white acrylic paint
  • paintbrushes
  • drill and fishing wire (optional)

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Apply two coats of white paint onto the dried gourds and okra. Let the paint dry between coats.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Esty is a good place to find dried gourds and okra pods if you don't grow your own. Try buying fun and wonky shapes to vary the look of your little ghosts.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Once the paint the white paint dries, paint large eyes and a mouth onto the gourds. Try flipping the gourds upside down to change the look of the ghost's shape.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

The okra can be a bit tricky to paint a face on, keep rotating it until you will see a flat space between the ridges.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

When the painting is done, drill a small hole through the stem area of the okra. Thread a piece of fishing line through the pod so you can hang it.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

The fishing line will make it appear like the little ghosts are hovering in the air.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Display tip: to help the gourd ghost (if you chose to flip it) sit upright, nestle the stem side into a vase or bowl.

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