Thomas J. Story

Use a simple wood burner to create any motif you like

Sunset  – November 23, 2004

Time: 1 1/2 hours for 6 gourds (depending on the intricacy of the patterns)

Cost: About $2 per gourd

Tools and materials

Wood-burning tool

Dried gourds (sources)

A variety of wood-burning nibs

Spray-on clear acrylic coating

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Ribbon for hanging

Next: Directions  


1. Use the wood burner to imprint a pattern into the dried gourds. If you are new to using a wood burner, rely on a combination of metal nibs (also called technique points) to create the pattern. Be sure to switch the nibs only when the wood burner and nib are completely cool.

2. Once your design is complete, spray the gourd with a clear acrylic coating. This will give it a glossy finish.

3. To attach the ribbon for hanging the gourds, place a small amount of hot glue on the base of the gourd’s stem. Wrap the ribbon around the base and create a loop. Secure the loop with additional hot glue. Or simply tie the ribbon loop to the gourd’s stem.

Design inspired by Rimona Gale, Pomegranate Jewelry (510/223-8026).

Gourds are available at crafts stores, or from the Caning Shop (800/544-3373), the Gourd Factory (209/877-3694) or Welburn Gourd Farm (760/728-4271).

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