Saturday, October 20, 2012
Natural Fall decor: Turning gourds into a flock of birds
Last week, my family and I made a day trip to a fabulous pumpkin patch that was 3 1/2 hours drive from our home up in Northern Arizona. I will post about our pumpkin patch trip on another day, but today I wanted to share with you this super easy, super fun, and sure to impress your neighbors natural home decor idea...Turning gourds into birds.
My kids love watching Martha Stewart videos. My twin sons with special needs may be cognitively impaired but I swear they could pick Martha out of a group of 100 other gray haired same aged women. This time of year we always watch her Halloween and Thanksgiving ideas videos. This idea came from the Thanksgiving Ideas video series. She used a different type gourd, no eyes, tied ribbons around their necks, and used them as an indoor entryway table decoration. I decided to use hers as a jumping off point for my own version and have my little flock be on the front porch, ready to greet all guests, ghouls, and goblins.
Do you see the green gourd?
Well, when I saw it, I didn't see a green gourd, I saw a goose, waiting in the wings! I picked three of these green gourds, testing them first to see if they would stand upright before bringing them home (being able to stand upright is important~~ if the neck is too long/big they will tip over).
I brought them home, added eyes from Michaels that I applied with a basic craft glue and sat them around a small dish I filled with blue floral pebbles (also from Michaels). The result...my own little flock of birds drinking water on my front porch:
And since I already had the eyes, dish and beads, this whole porch display cost me the cost of my gourds, which was $3 each, or $9. The best part, these should last a long while in temperate conditions and will still be appropriate to stay on the porch after I switch my Halloween decor out for my Thanksgiving/autumn decor.
Seriously, don't you just love my newest little flock? Seriously cute and seriously easy.
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