I have been busy with some fun Halloween styles! I decided to try making the little magic potion vial necklaces for the first time - super fun - Miniature Spiders, Powdered Love, Magic Shrinking Potion, Angel's Breath and Butterfly Sparkles.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Since I want to embellish the gourds with some twine, string, raffia or beads I need to figure out a way to open the gourd with a saw. Many websites recommend a jigsaw or x acto knife, but I tried the jigsaw and it was difficult to get a nice round opening. So I thought maybe a hole saw that goes on a drill might work. It worked very nicely and I zipped through making the openings in the top.
As you can see the hole saw makes a nice uniform and smooth hole in the top. I pulled the dried insides of the gourd out of mine, but left it inside the ones I'm using to teach the project. The students can remove it if they want to - but they might want to take the seeds out and plant some gourds of their own!
OK - so the next step is to decorate the gourd. I really like wood burning personally, however I don't feel like that's the best option for young students. I went to the craft store and purchased some leaf stencils and metallic acrylic paint. Using a "dauber" which is a little sponge on a handle I stenciled leaves around the gourd.
The final touch is to thread some twine through the drilled holes and add some fabric leaves and wooden beads.
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