Most of the time I am busy planning crafty things that my daughters can do. Some of the time I am busy planning crafty things that I can do. Last week I tried something that I have been wanting to try for a while now…gourd stamping. Yep, I have been wanting to cut open a couple of gourds and see what sort of shape they might create (is that weird?). Guess what? I had so much fun. The result was a simple, beautiful and natural stamp…perfect for any autumn table.
First, look for interestingly shaped gourds and cut them in half. Cut them top to bottom…so you have the full shape of the gourd. Then, you can either clean them out or leave them filled with seeds. I tried both options, and they both worked.
Next, prepare the paints. Cover 3 plates with plastic wrap and put drops of yellow, red, green, whatever colour of paint, on each plate.
Now, while I had a great time stamping, it is pretty clear that this activity is perfect for anyone…kids and adults. I turned my gourd stamped paper into a table runner for our Thanksgiving dining room table. A random pattern works just as well as a more rigid pattern. I really do love the simple line of the gourd…beautiful.