This week, I am going to show everyone a simple, yet beautiful fall decoration that you can use for your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Painted gourds are lovely with some extra fall decor, like leaves or bold flowers in orange or red. Perfect to start using right after the kiddos go back to school.
How to Make Painted Gourds
You can see what they look like before I painted them. 🙂
We will need some gourds and/or pumpkins.
You first want to wash all the gourds, taking off any dirt or bad pieces. You can also lightly sand them, although I did not. Dry, preferably for a couple of hours.
I used this metallic spray paint. You will be surprised at how much you can paint.
Lay out your newspaper (outside) and start spraying. In my rush to get this post done, I unfortunately did this in a light rain — I do not recommend doing that! Give a nice layer.
Here we are, nice and sprayed.
The next step, flip over after a few hours. and spray on the bottom.
I did an extra coat on the top, which means that I sprayed on the top (once), waited two hours, flipped the gourds over and sprayed, waited two hours, and then flipped the gourds over right side up and sprayed again.
Make sure you let dry overnight before moving to your table top!