Got Gourds?

As promised earlier, we’re back with today’s craft activity!

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. If it was anything like ours, you now have lots of decorations to put away, and maybe a few dishes still waiting in the sink.

We can’t help you with those remaining pots and pans, but here’s a great way to give more life to some of those perishable fall decorations–the assorted gourds that were probably placed all around the house and dining table:

Make your own Gourd Characters!

What you’ll need:

  • Gourds
  • paints (alternatively, Sharpies Markers will work in a pinch too)
  • brushes
  • paper plates to paint on
  • old newspaper or other surface/table cover that can get dirty

What you’ll do:

  • Set up your work area so that you won’t get paint on anything, and grab a good-looking gourd
  • Decide which part of the gourd looks most like part of a face–accent that, and use to create your own characters
  • Want to bring it to life even more? Try using wiggle eyes and/or Mr. Potatohead-style parts to really make your creation pop!
  • Set it somewhere safe to dry, and then display it Jack-o-Lantern style for all to see!

Need a bit more inspiration? Check out a few more of the cool and crazy gourds made by patrons at the Baden Branch of the St. Louis Public Library:

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