It is that time of year to break out the fall fruits, but I am bored of simply piling a bunch of pumpkins on my doorstep, aren't you? Join me today as we make a DIY gourd garland to spice up an outdoor seating space!
- 5-10+ Gourds or mini-pumpkins
- Strong String, Fishing Line or Cord
- Strong and Thick Knitting Needles or Drill
- Cutting Board or Workbench
- Staplegun and Staples or Hooks
Simply stick the knitting needle through the smallest part of the gourd neck, staying 1-2 inches away from the end of the fruit. Use a hammer if needed to push the needle through and wiggle the needle around to make sure the hole is clear of gourd flesh. Make sure you use a cutting board or workbench as the needle might puncture the work surface.
- Once you have created a hole in the neck of the gourd, you need string. I used white because I will be hanging this garland on a white pergola, but try thick fishing line or a natural colored cord for other applications.
- Cut a length of string that will span the opening you want to fill and add a couple feet for good measure. Wet and twist the end of the rope.
- Thread the string through the hole, trying not to let the string touch the sides of the hole. The fresh gourd flesh will grab the string making it difficult to get through. If necessary, use the needle to push the string down and through the hole.
- Pull the entire length of string through the hole, leaving 2 feet or so at the end. Tie a large, strong knot in between the two holes along the back of the gourd.
Notice how the string just disappears against the white?
The garland is simply attached using staples against to secure the string.
4 of 5 staples on each end is plenty to keep the garland secure, even though it is quite heavy.
So tell me, what have you been creating lately?
Are you in the fall mood yet? Still lamenting the end of summer? Ready for Christmas?
I’m soaking in all the fall décor I can GET! Gold, aubergine, orange and rust. Bring. It. On.