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Create Stylish Fall Decor from Dollar Store Gourds

by Amy Bowerman

Hello Gourd-geous!  It’s officially fall…at least in my neck of the woods it is.  The leaves are starting to turn their brilliant hues of fall inspired color which always puts me in the mood to create fall decor.  Today I’m going to show you how to turn plastic gourds from the dollar store into stylish fall decor.   You can also use these techniques on foam pumpkins, silk leaves and flowers or whatever fall inspired items you have hanging around.  I’ll be using a variety of products I’ve been crushing on from Ranger Ink and Stampers Anonymous but feel free to use whatever products you fancy to turn your dollar store gourds into stylish fall decor.

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I have NEVER been one for Gold…I just plain don’t like it!  However, Wendy Vecchi’s new Metallic Gold Embossing paste has given me a new-found love for rich Golden tones.  I was inspired by a photo found at Country Living to create my golden hued gourds if you would like to have a look.  You can also find more fall decorating ideas on my All Fall Halloween and Harvest pinboard.

 

How to Decorate Dollar Store Gourds

Turning cheap dollar store gourds into “Gourd-geous” fall decor is as easy as pumpkin pie with a little imagination and the right supplies.  Use whatever you like in your designs although I highly recommend giving Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing pastes a try if you haven’t already :)

Supplies:

  • Wendy Vecchi Metallic Embossing Pastes (Gold & Silver)
  • Alcohol Ink Metallic Gold
  • Distress Paint Black Soot
  • Stencils ( I used Wendy Vecchi “Polka Dotty” and “Diamonds are a girls best friend”)
  • Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks (Watering Can, Fern Green, Geranium Red, Orange Blossom)

Alcohol Inked Gourds

You can give a super quick makeover to your dollar store pumpkins and gourds with Alcohol ink, Archival Ink and stencils.

 

 

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Apply Metallic Gold Alcohol Ink to a blending tool and ink all over the gourd.    To achieve a more vibrant gold within the ridges tilt the gourd on its side and apply Alcohol ink directly from the bottle, tapping with blending tool to blend.

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Once Alcohol Ink is dry wrap a stencil around your gourd and ink with Archival inks.  I used Wendy Vecchi’s “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend” Stencil and Fern Green Archival Ink.

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*You will want to remove the stems from your gourds and put them aside…I’ll show you how to color them at the end of this post.

Distress Painted Gourds

Distress Paint looks great on just about any surface and plastic gourds from the dollar store are no exception.  The milky vintage texture of Distress Paint is perfect for fall decor!

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Apply Distress Paint Directly to gourd.  You will need to add at least two coats.  I wanted some of the original orange to show through on my gourd.  Once your gourd is covered add gold detailing with Alcohol ink and a cotton swab.  Define some lines between the gold bands by applying Glossy accents and sprinkling with Black Soot Distress Glitter.

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*I added some stenciled stars to my gourd with Wendy Vecchi’s Metallic Silver Embossing paste.  I have yet to perfect this technique on a curved surface but once I do you will be the first to know!

Metallic Embossing Paste Gourds

Wendy Vecchi’s metallic embossing pastes make it easy to add gorgeous color to hard to color surfaces.  Originally, the gourds would not take the archival ink directly but after a coating of Metallic Embossing paste I was able to give them glorious color AND gorgeous shine!

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Use a baby wipe or paper towel to apply Metallic Embossing paste all over gourd.  You will need to apply paste to top and bottom and allow for drying time in between.

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Once Embossing paste is dry ink gourd all over with Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom Archival Ink.

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If you like it like this you can stop here and bask in the lovely orange glow.  Want to keep going?  Grab a Wendy Vecchi “Polka Dotty” stencil and Geranium Red Archival Ink and add some stenciling.  To define the lines in between the stenciling I used Fantastix to ink the ridges with Red Geranium and Watering Can.

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* You may have noticed the glitter covering the gourd up top.  That was a mistake… but it’s growing on me.  Just so you know you MUST wait for the embossing paste to dry COMPLETELY before trying to add glitter or it will stick where you may not want it…I only wanted it on the dots and we can see how that worked out.

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This Gourd was given a very thin coating of Embossing paste.  I tried to work the paste into the ridges mostly.  Once paste was dry  I used a sponge dabber to create large dots with Geranium Red Ink.

Coloring Stems

Lets face it bright green stems are seldom found on real gourds and pumpkins.  To give my gourds a more realistic appearance I rubbed Metallic Gold Embossing Paste over them and inked with Potting Soil Archival Ink.

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Once the ink is dry simply pop them back on top of your newly made over gourds and get ready to decorate!

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I love being able to create something for next to nothing.  For only a buck a piece these Dollar Store Gourds were an economical and fun fall decorating project!  Have fun turning your Dollar Store finds into stylish fall decor…be sure to let me know what you create I love seeing your creativity!

For more fall decor and DIY decorating ideas check out my All Fall Halloween & Harvest Pinboard

Have a Gourd-geous day!

Amy*

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anita Houston September 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

It’s no fair that you are bragging about it being Fall in your neck of the woods when I am still sweating here…lower 90’s! Love your gourdgeous gourds! How fun is this!!!

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2 Anne September 5, 2013 at 4:06 am

Hi Amy, I am not a gold lover either but you may just have converted me. Love what you have done with those gourds – what fun decorations! Hugs, Anne x
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3 Amy Bowerman September 5, 2013 at 6:59 am

Anne Im telling you I bought that gold embossing paste just so I could review it. My aversion to gold had me thinking I would never use it. Was I ever wrong! I have used the gold more than any of the other colors…it’s almost gone I used it so much. If you have Wendy’s inks you should get it. It looks so amazing with her inks over gold :)

Amy*

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4 stamping sue September 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm

What fun! I want to find that embossing paste. I’m been reading a lot about it but haven’t gotten any yet. if I’m lucky they will have it at local craft store.
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5 Amy Bowerman September 5, 2013 at 7:14 am

I doubt they have it at Mikes an Jo-Ann’s yet but I did ask the lady at GASS to order it a while back (not sure if she did). I order most of my hard to find supplies from Linda at http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/. I always have my items within 2 days of ordering…she ships fast and shipping costs are very reasonable.

Amy*

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