The Art of Darkness

Gourd Lantern Tutorial

September 21st, 2010 by Cobwebs

Gourd LampsJust in time for autumn,* MAKE has a tutorial for making some lovely harvesty lanterns out of dried gourds.

The example uses a drill, but if you’re afraid of power tools you can use those little pumpkin-carving jigsaws instead. In addition to making patterns of holes you might also be able to cut larger designs in the gourd, although you’d want to take care not to crack the brittle walls. Since the gourds are lit by miniature fairy lights or LED lamps, you can also embellish them with paint or glue-on ornaments that wouldn’t be appropriate for anything lit by a candle.

The gourds are easy to grow and come in a wide variety of shapes, so if you’ve got a little yard space you can plant some for future craft projects.

I love how elegant these look, particularly with several massed together. They’d make a lovely and inexpensive centerpiece for a dinner party or even for the tables at a wedding reception.

*I’m sorry, Southern Hemisphere readers; you know I love you, but autumn starts now, not six months from now.

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