You may have been seeing them out at local grocery stores next to the pumpkins this fall and wondered – what in the world do I do with that?
First, what IS a gourd? It’s in the same family as the pumpkin, and they are all considered “squash” – for some reason in our American culture, pumpkins just got the favored spot!
Photo by Blaine Moats
Unlike pumpkins, gourds aren’t edible – but they are great for autumnal decoration! Here are a few ways you can use gourds to add to your fall home décor:
- Add them to your mantel, perhaps with some foraged berries from your backyard!
- Create dimension by arranging on a cake stand, or add a basket to your buffet table.
- Create a unique centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner. Add a variety of gourds with a few candles, and you’ve created a cozy scene! Plus, gourds are very affordable.
- You’ll want to consider drying out your gourds (link: https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-dry-or-cure-gourds-1403445) if you plan to keep them for decoration for longer than a few weeks!