Gourd Crafts for the First Time by Marilynn Host

By Marilynn Host

So much historical cultures used gourds in each element of existence. adorning gourds is everybody's favourite craft, as you will see from the greater than two-dozen diversified tasks proven the following. A convenient consultant tells you the place to discover or purchase gourds, and the way to arrange them. Then use your easily-learned abilities with leather-dye, egg-dye, spray and acrylic paint, wax shoe polish, d?coupage, airbrush, waxed linen, dyed raffia, and beads. decide on your tasks: garage packing containers for nutrition, drugs, herbs, seeds, oils, jewellery, or even sacred items. flip dipper gourds into ladles, bowls, and cooking utensils, or create musical tools corresponding to thumb pianos, harps, banjos, drums, and rattles, in addition to numerous mask, jewelry and necklaces, piggy banks, chicken feeders, birdhouses, toys, candleholders, and luminaries.

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The next time you’re looking for an easy way to spice up your embellishments, consider going metallic! With all kinds of shiny items out there—from metallic inks to silver paint to shiny embroidery floss—it’s easy to find a way to make your page sparkle.

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