With fall upon us, gourds are soon going to be in abundance -- and with a bit of creative flare, these natural wonders lend themselves to a variety of natural decor projects.
Here's one I can't wait to try -- the gourd lamp.
You could do this as a standing table lamp or hang it, just depends on the hardware you have/purchase. Then you just need a dried gourd and a dremmel tool, some acrylic paint and beads if you're real crafty...the sky is the limit for these designs. I am thinking of going with some mehndi designs to get the Kashmiri vibe. I've gathered up some inspiration for myself and for you all too. The first one is from artists in Tokyo.
This is more of a Turkish style -
And this one from an artist on Flickr -
And...if you haven't been bitten by the DIY bug, a quick google search will bring up plenty of gourd artisans, including an etsy artist Studio Tempera who want to share their creativity with you! Happy carving!