Decorative gourds have been around for years, but their photogenic nature (combined with DIY projects taking over the internet) is no doubt behind the explosion of beautiful, quirky, and all-around clever ways to decorate these symbols of autumn.
A Pinterest search for decorative gourds brings up a dizzying array of options, from kid-friendly to elaborate carvings that may be best left to the pros. We rounded up a few options that would make perfect Thanksgiving decor/centerpieces and are quite doable, but would make Martha Stewart proud.
If you’re really starting from scratch and need to prep fresh gourds for the process, this WikiHow article breaks down how to clean and dry them properly – though artificial works well for many of these options!
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