Gourds go glam. The old autumn favorite, the gourd, gets a makeover in this month's Blueprint magazine. The polished look on the familiar form comes from using a high-gloss enamel paint.
From Blueprint: With just a few cuts, one large dried gourd can yield a big bowl, a small bowl, and a compote.
Trace a line around the gourd a third of the way up from its bottom and one a quarter of the way down from its top....
Use a craft saw to remove the stem, then carefully cut the gourd along the two lines. Working outdoors and wearing a dust mask, scrape out the flaky residue from inside the gourd, then use coarse sandpaper to smooth all its surfaces. Switch to fine sandpaper for a final rub. To paint the resulting bowls, apply a coat of primer, let it dry, and brush on two coats of high-gloss craft enamel. Gourds, from $5, Dry Nature Designs, 212-695-8911. Plasti-Kote Odds n' Ends enamel, $3, plastikote.com for stores.