Fall Centerpiece with Preserved Gourds


Fall Centerpiece with Preserved Gourds by virginiasweetpea.com

Did you know that you don’t have to throw away your gourds after you have finished using them for decorating?  I’ve been preserving mine for years and now have box upon box of preserved gourds to use for fall decorating?

How do you preserved gourds?  It’s easy!  After Thanksgiving I put them on newspaper in our basement and by the next fall they are dry and ready to be cleaned, stained, and reused.  You can find step-by-step directions here and here.

I enjoy filling bowls and crates with preserved gourds for fall displays.  This year I used a variety of preserved gourds displayed in milk glass on a silver tray along with pine cones and seed balls.

Fall Gourd Centerpiece by virginiasweetpea.com


I like the yellow, brown, orange, and black tones that the preserved gourds have.  Isn’t it amazing that these dry and can be used year after year?

Fall Centerpiece with Preserved Gourds by virginiasweetpea.com


The seed balls were made by gluing lentils to a Styrofoam ball.  I made these a long, long time ago.

Fall Preserved Gourd Centerpiece by virginiasweetpea.com


This knotty gourd was originally green!  It was a volunteer that came up in my garden and grew over the deer netting.  I let it grow not knowing what I’d get when the gourds developed.Fall Gourd Centerpiece

My faux acorns look realistic, don’t they?  We haven’t had many acorns at all in the past two years in my area but this year the trees are loaded with them.  The wildlife must be happy about that.

Preserved Gourds in Milk Glass by virginiasweetpea.com


Since I have so many preserved gourds, I probably won’t buy any colorful ones to use this year.  Last year’s gourds are dry and ready for me to clean and then stain.  I was even successful in drying a small pumpkin last year.  Perhaps I should paint it orange instead of staining it.Preserved Gourds in Milk Glass by virginiasweetpea.com

You can see the living room in the background of this shot.  I gave a tour of its fall decor on Monday.  If you haven’t visited that post, click on over while you are here.

Preserved Gourd Centerpiece by virginiasweetpea.com
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  1. Three cheers for milk glass. There was a time that I thought milk glass was just cheap and ugly, but now I enjoy using my pieces any time and all the time. In fact, between my sister and me, we had plenty to use for centerpieces on all the tables at my daughter’s wedding last December. I’m glad to see you using milk glass with your gourds. It’s really unexpected because the tendency might be to use a basket or wooden box.

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