Golden Gourds – from Cheap to Chic!

I have a quick and easy project for you today!
And its perfect for your fall decor.
I’m taking some cheap gourds from The Dollar Tree and giving them a chic makeover!

This 5-pack of gourds from The Dollar Tree are made from styrofoam, so to give them a good base coat of spray paint you can skewer them with a toothpick so you can reach them at all angles. 
I applied two coats of Krylon’s Fusion for Plastic Choco Brown Textured spray paint.
Next up, time to glam up the gourds with some acrylic gold paint.
I’m using metallic gold from Martha Stewart Crafts.

You need two brushes to apply the paint: 1 thin and pointed, and 1 wide and flat.
Apply the gold paint to the gourd with the thin and pointed brush.
For the pumpkin, apply the paint in the grooves of the gourd.
Immediately after applying the paint to the grooves, use the dry wide and flat brush the spread the paint already on the pumpkin over the rest of the gourd.
By applying the paint this way it helps to emphasize the grooves and not fully cover the rest of the pumpkin allowing some of the brown bast coat to show through.

Do the same thing with the long gourds, but in this case since there are no grooves, the stripes of paint help at to the true look of the gourds which of often striped.

If you recall my spooky Halloween centerpiece, you’ll recognize the photo above!
I simply removed the spiderweb, eyeball, creepy crawlies, and potion bottles to revert it back to a basic fall centerpiece.

I think the gourds look lovely tucked into the moss!
They definitely add a touch of elegance.
So will you take a 2nd look at the gourds you see the next time you’re in The Dollar Tree?

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