You might remember my Halloween tutorial from last year, painted pumpkins and gourds
. I turned those fellas into ornaments for my Halloween tree. This year I decided I wanted to make more, and turn them into a wreath for the front door.
I used a 16 inch doubles wire wreath that I found at Hobby Lobby, but I’ve seen similar ones at Michaels. They are wire, but have funny little sprigs of greenery (in this case the little pine parts were black, spooky good for Halloween) I painted a bunch of faux gourds and pumpkins, then twisted some wire and shoved it into the back of each (most of them it went in really easy, but a few I had to poke a small hole with a pencil to help the wire break through the “skin”) Then I put a little hot glue over the hole/around the wire to help keep it glued in place.
I started with my biggest pumpkins and wired and then glued them around my wreath, then I just went in and kept wiring/gluing until the whole thing was covered. Once I got a bunch in I even started gluing the gourds and pumpkins together where they touched. Since everything is wired in place, it helped it feel extra sturdy. If you are going to hang outside in an area that will see rain I would spray each pumpkin before making the wreath with a clear top coat.
Its that time of the year when the Summer is ending, and Halloween seems just around the corner. I start seeing the fall items appear in stores and immediately want to start making Halloween decorations. For the past two years I have made “gourd guys” with the faux pumpkins and gourds you can find at any craft stores. First I turned them into ornaments and a topper for my Halloween tree
. Then last year year I used them to create a wreath
. This year I still had the urge to paint their little faces but wanted to create something new.
-faux gourds and pumpkins, these come in all kinds of sizes and you just want to pick something that matches up with the size of your jars
-floral picks with red berries for noses, these are found in the floral section of most craft shops and come in all sorts of sizes. Round balls or some times longer oval shaped berries.
-acrylic paint and brushes
-glue, I used a hot glue gun
-glass jars and corks that fit into them
-sharp x-acto knife for cutting into bottom of pumpkins
Follow my tutorial for painting the pumpkins faces found here.
Trace the top of the cork onto bottom of your pumpkin or gourd, and use x-acto blade to carefully cut away a space for the cork.
Use hot glue and hold cork in place while it dries. Thats it! Its very easy!
You can make tiny jars, or bigger jars which I think would make fun gifts filled with candy. You can fill your jars with sweets, colored water for potions, or even something like bobby pins, q-tips, etc and display them in the bathroom to bring some Halloween decor to other rooms in your home. If you choose to make some and post it on social media please consider using the hashtag #gourdguys so I can find it.