Pumpkin Patch Decor

We always go to the pumpkin patch with our family every year.  It’s tons of fun.  Last year, I decided to do these Apple Gords for accessories.  They do take a long, long time to dry but they turn out super cute.

Here’s what mine look like now:

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Some people paint them to look more like apples.


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But I love the way mine dried.  The spots are really cool to me.  I may paint them later on.  But for now I’m loving them natural.

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See all that delicious spottiness.  I love it!!  They don’t start out like that though.  Here is how you buy them.


They look a lot different.  After you get them, you need to let them sit and dry.  It takes a long time.  Mine was close to a year.  Just put it somewhere dry and leave it.  You might check it every so often to make sure it isn’t growing mold.  But if it is put somewhere dry then you should be ok.  After it dries it gets lighter in color.  And grows those amazing spots.

Then you can paint them or leave them.

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I may still paint mine.  The tall one is supposed to be a pear and I’m not sure if you can tell unpainted.  But I do LOVE them.  Have you ever done any apple gords??


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  1. I agree, they look great without the paint. I don't think I've ever seen an apple gourd before.

  2. I've never heard of apple gourds! These look so cool dried . . . I like a rusticy look rather than shiny new, so I like the unpainted ones.
    Stopping by from Embellishing Life.

  3. Roshanda "ShonEjai" Glenn says:

    Very creative! I love the muted colors. Well done!

  4. I've never heard of these. I love them. And I like them unpainted and natural. I have a link party on Tuesdays {The Inspiration Board} and I’d be thrilled if you linked this up. I know my readers would really enjoy it. Hope to see you there.
    carolyn – homework

  5. These are great…never seen this before! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy says:

    that is just crazy cool my friend! I had no idea they would dry like that! (I don't think I would paint them—I love them like they are!) Shoot now I am going to have to stock up because I love how natural and great they look! :o)

  7. Inspire Me Heather says:

    Really? Huh – they look great!

  8. I have never seen or heard of those. Are they regional? That is very cool. I really like the part where you just let that sit for a long time. I can do that. :-) I am a new follower from It's Fun to Craft. Vicky from http://www.messforless.net

  9. Artsy VaVa says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Absolutely love those! I thought they were some fancy craft! Nature! Who would’ve thought!


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