And ever since I found these old, dried gourds at the auction, I knew I’d be using them on our fall mantel. The one on the left is a dipper gourd, and the one on the right is called a birdhouse gourd. It’s called a birdhouse gourd because they make good birdhouses, and purple martins especially love them. This one even had some old nesting material in it. So about a month ago, I washed the dirt and dust off them and put them out to dry.
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I just love how the poly brought out the variation in color of the gourds. And now, here they are on our fall mantel propped in front of those green shutters that I added this summer. The gourds, along with some of the other things I used, are a celebration of the harvest season.
To bring in more green, I made a magnolia wreath to hang from the mantel. I’ll have to admit that this is the first one that I’ve ever made so I wasn’t sure how to go about it. But instead of looking at tutorials on line, I just winged it.
I used a small Styrofoam form that I had, thinking I could just stick the stems of the leaves into it. OH, NO! That just didn’t work, so I ended up hot gluing the leaves onto it. Probably an unconventional way to create a magnolia wreath, but it worked!
Found a few other embellishments to add including this seed pod that I painted green last year. I’m not sure how long the magnolia leaves will stay green, but if they fade to brown, that will be perfectly OK.
The little chair that’s beside the fireplace seemed like a good spot for this Jack-O’-Lantern that I made last weekend. Would you believe that he started off as one of those cheap, plastic trick-or-treating pails that you can buy for $1?
If you’d like to see how I painted it, click here.