Have you ever wondered how to make pumpkins and gourds shine for display?
It’s super easy and not only will your pumpkins and gourds shine, but they also will also last longer.
Nothing says fall like a bowl full of gourds. Each year I look forward to buying gourds and enjoying them through Thanksgiving.
Gourds are pretty on their own, but even prettier with a subtle shine. A friend taught me how to make gourds shine many years ago and I’ve used her technique ever since.
This technique also works on pumpkins. So if you’ve been wondering how to make pumpkins look shiny, keep reading!
How to Make Gourds Shine
Buy some gourds and pumpkins and get ready to make them shine!
- Tub or sink to wash gourds
- Dish Soap
- Floor Finish – I use Future which is no longer available. This brand is available as is this one and this one.
- Small disposable cup
- Foam Brush
How to Polish Gourds Instructions
The first step is to purchase a bottle of floor finish. My bottle has been only used only for gourds and has lasted over ten years.
Pour a small amount of the floor finish into a disposable cup.
Wash the Gourds
Before waxing, wash the gourds to make sure that all of the soil from the field is gone. I bought mine at our local farmer’s market and they were pretty clean but did have a bit of soil in the crevices.
Some people also recommend adding a tiny bit of bleach to the water to kill bacteria that could cause the gourd to rot.
Rinse the gourds and allow them to completely dry before proceeding to the next step.
Make the Gourds Shine
After the gourds are dry, brush a thin coat of floor finish over the entire surface of each gourd. Use a foam brush and plan on throwing it away when you are finished.
I have the gourd sitting on a towel here, but you’ll want to use waxed paper as the wax is very sticky.
Let the gourds dry. Be sure to turn the gourds over so that the underside can dry, as well.
Display and Enjoy Your Gourds
I like to display gourds on our breakfast table. This is a spot where I see them frequently and can really enjoy them.
I made the Drop Cloth Table Runner a few years ago and have enjoyed using it for several fall seasons.
The wooden bowl that I use was my grandmother’s.
Don’t throw out your gourds at the end of the season. Did you know that you can dry them to use year after year? I have a huge collection of dried gourds that I enjoy using year after year.
I made this wreath using some of my collection.
Have you purchased gourds for decoration? I have but it won’t stop me from buying more!