Do you love picking up gourds during pumpkin season, only to toss them out when they start to rot? It’s time to change that! In this blog post, I’ll show you how to easily dry out gourds and keep them as beautiful decorations for years to come. Say goodbye to wasted pumpkins and embrace the art of preserving gourds. Drying gourds is super easy. Let’s dry out a gourd together.
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HOW TO DRY OUT GOURDS
STEP ONE: START WITH QUALITY GOURDS
In October, choose attractive gourds that complement your fall decor. This will ensure a stunning display once they are dried. We usually take a trip to a local pumpkin patch to pick up our pumpkins and they also have gourds. Sometimes I can also find them at the grocery store in the fall.
STEP TWO: TO DRY OUT A GOURD MOVE IT OUTDOORS
As your pumpkins begin to rot in November, relocate the gourds outdoors. This will facilitate the drying process.
STEP THREE: PROVIDE ADEQUATE AIR CIRCULATION TO DRY A GOURD
Place the gourds on an elevated surface to allow air to circulate around them. Utilize large rocks, a flat platform, or even hang them from a tree or fence using twine. I placed mine on two large rocks we have in the backyard. I would not put them directly on the ground.
STEP FOUR: PATIENCE IS KEY TO DRY OUT A GOURD
Leave the gourds untouched until spring or summer. Note: If you reside in a region with heavy snowfall, consider storing them in a dry place like a garage or shed during the winter. We did have a mild winter here in Texas, so this might not be the best plan if you expect lots of snow.
STEP FIVE: GET CREATIVE WITH DECOR
Once the gourds are fully dried, let your creativity shine. Spray paint them in vibrant colors to add a pop of excitement to your yard or garden. These preserved gourds will continue to impress while your pumpkins fade away.
Make the most of your investment by incorporating gourds into your fall and summer decor. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy these unique decorations year after year.
While you’re outdoors drying gourds, take a moment to explore our guide on spray painting outdoor cushions for a complete patio transformation. And for more creative ideas, check out our quick and easy planter filling suggestions.
For additional inspiration, discover our fun pumpkin painting and decorating ideas that will further enhance your seasonal decor. Speaking of pumpkins, if you want to make them last longer as well, check out my easy trick in How To Preserve Pumpkins So They Last Longer.
Don’t let gourds go to waste! Follow these simple steps to dry out a gourd and preserve them, turning your fall decorations into cherished keepsakes. By easily drying gourds, you can enjoy the beauty of gourds throughout the seasons!
This dried gourd decoration idea is as easy as they come, but there are a ton of other ideas that I explore in So Many Gourd Crafts and DIYS. Also, check out this article from The Spruce if you really want to know more about growing and harvesting your own decorative gourds.
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If you liked this post, check out some of my backyard makeover ideas we have completed since this original post. We started with a complete renovation of our swimming pool. Once the pool was complete, we worked on the outdoor spaces around the pool, making a fire pit area on the pool deck and hanging hammocks from posts in the backyard. Now. if you have ever lived through a pool renovation, you know that every inch of your yard and surrounding flower beds will be destroyed along the way. That was okay because we needed to redo the flower beds and my large planter anyway. See how the flower bed above came out in my post about easy, low maintenance flower bed ideas. Plus, see more metal wagon wheel rim ideas in my post where I updated my large planter. Finally, the outdoor lights were really the icing on the cake after all of the hard work that went into the backyard.