♪’Tis the season for gourds and pumpkins and things… ♫
Hmmm. That doesn’t sound too good.
But as you probably read in the title, this post has a fall sort of theme. Gourd vases!
You really don’t need many supplies to make these gourd vases, just a knife (I used my brother’s serrated jack-knife), a spoon, a gourd, and mums. You can really use any flower but mums make them look much more fall-like than say, geraniums.
We have a bunch of gourds from our annual gourd stand. I think the kind we call ‘watermelon gourds’ works best. They make a nice vase with a bunch of room for the mum’s stems. They also stand up a lot better than some gourds.
So. To start you’ll need to make a line around the top of your gourd so you know where to cut it. You can do this with a pencil, or just carve a faint line with your knife. Then stick your knife in and cut around the line.
Pull the top of the gourd off. It usually pulls kind of hard so get a good grip. It might work better to twist it.
Once the top is off it should look like this.
Now you can scoop all the guts out with your spoon. I used a serving spoon but you can also use a regular table spoon.
After you have scraped the guts out with the spoon, use your knife to scrape around the edges and cut off the harder stuff. Scoop that out with the spoon.
You are done with the hard part now! The indside doesn’t need to be perfect, I don’t think the mums will mind a seed or two in the vase.
You might want to cut the top of the gourd because (at least for me) it usually is a little jagged.
To get rid of the little pieces, rinse it out in a sink. Just take my advice and don’t do what I did – rinsing it out in the bathroom sink. It kind of plugged the drain. XD
All that is left is to stick the mums in. Yay! You are done!
I love these gourd vases because they really don’t require a huge amount of time – 10 to 20 minutes – and they are beautiful to use as a centerpiece or in fall arrangements.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thanks for taking the time to read it!
Yet another sign-off! I think I’ll keep this one for a little while though.