Thursday, September 24, 2020

Whimsical Scarecrow Gourd DIY

Add a touch of whimsy to your Fall decor creating an adorable scarecrow gourd.   Gourds are part of the pumpkin and squash family and a fun addition in decorating for the fall season! It's perfectly designed for many types of craft projects - especially the whimsical ones! But cleaning and drying gourds can take a lot of time and effort - sometimes up to a year to dry out completely. You can take the easy way out and decorate an already dried gourd or simply buy a paper mache gourd like I did. Either way, crafting gourds may become a creative obsession. There are so many unique ways to craft and use them in seasonal decor. 
Just by painting on a funny face and adding a few whimsical decorations, you're sure to put a smile on everyone's face who see it! And the whimsical gourd looks great as a centerpiece, as well as a fun conversation starter, too! Here's a fun way to decorate one:

Materials Needed
  • Pot Belly Gourd (paper mache)
  • White chalk paint/metallic acrylic paints
  • Paint/sponge brushes
  • Raffia
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors/
  • Pencil/Magic marker (black)
  • Burlap
  • Mod Podge/sponge
Let's begin by painting the entire gourd with white chalk paint.  Once dry, paint the top portion with a few layers of a metallic bronze shade and .  .  .
let dry.
Then sponge paint the bottom area with a complimentary color like this golden brown acrylic.
Applying several layers for a rich autumn look and let dry.
To add to the whimsy look, make a raffia brim using raffia from the dollar store. This brim adds to an illusion of a scarecrow hat on top - that's why it's done in a different color.
To make the raffia brim, measure around the neck of the gourd with a strip of raffia, allowing for a few extra inches to tie the ends together and then cut off the measured piece from the bundle. Next, start cutting off lots of six inch strips of raffia for the fringe brim. I used two bundles to make strips. And it was more than what I needed to fit around the top of the gourd.  Next, line up a few of the 6" pieces together and fold in half forming loops on one end and place over the longer strip.
Make a lark's head knot by placing the loop over the long piece of raffia and pulling the raffia strands through the loop around the raffia, as pictured, 
pulling the raffia strands tight into a knot. 
Continue making larks head knots with groups of three to four 6" strips of raffia around the longer raffia strip until it is completely covered - leaving enough raffia to tie in a knot around the gourd.
Then evenly cut off the raffia to mimic a scarecrow hat's brim.
And tie it tightly around where the different colors of the gourd meet. Use hot glue to keep the brim in place.
And finally, fluff and separate the raffia around for a cool brim look.
You can take it up a notch and make a real hat out of burlap. Simply soak  burlap with Mod Podge to make it stiff using a sponge and .  .  .
hang up to dry.
Once the burlap has dried, use a large plate to cut out a circle - then cut the circle in half. 
Bring the two ends of the half circle together to form a cone.  Adjust the size of the cone so that the base fits the widest portion of the top of the gourd and sits perfectly on the raffia brim. Hold in place and apply glue to the edge of the burlap to seal.
Now it's time to make the face! Draw on a whimsical face using a pencil, starting with the eyes. Hmm - caution: I can't draw or paint, so please bare with me. I looked online for a funny scarecrow template - there are zillions of them, so I'm just winging it here by looking at some the examples. After drawing on the eyes  -
go over the lines with a black magic marker.
Then add the eyebrows, nose and mouth. Filling in the eyes with white chalkpaint, and nose, with a spicy orange acrylic.
Too cute!
How's this for whimsy!

Perfect for our Creative Craft Blog Hop!

Welcome to our monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop created by Chloe @ Celebrate & Decorate and Andrea @ Design Morsels!  I've teamed up with a talented group of creative bloggers to bring you lots of 
wonderful ideas and inspirations! 

Have fun and get inspired by all of the wonderful creations this month by clicking on the links below!

If you're hopping along this blog hop, I hope you enjoyed Rachelle's adorable rustic autumn craft! Your next stop is Lynne @My Family Tyme sharing her lovely stamped tea towels!


  1. Wow, what a cute idea! I learned a new thing-- the name of that knot!


  2. Quite the character and so adorable Gail! I've been wanting to do a gourd project but can't find real ones. I never ever thought about paper mâché so thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Sara! I've discovered gourds as my next new craft item. They're popular for the Christmas holidays too! I think I might be re-painting this one for that!

  3. These definitely put a smile on my face Gail, over the top cute!! I love the raffia brim, great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh, Gail, Your scarecrow gourd is simply adorable! Thank you for sharing this diy and the steps especially how to make the collar and to use a paper mache gourd as the base.

  5. I love whimsical crafts and your gourd scarecrows are darling! It is a pleasure to join you for another hop! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thanks so much, Cecilia! I'm glad to be a part of this awesome group! So many wonderful inspirations!

  6. So cute Gail! Halloween is my favorite and I love these. Wonderful crafting with you and thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Chas! I think Halloween with all of its' fun things will help relieve some of the sadness we have going on in the world right now. And it's always wonderful crafting with you, too!

  7. Gail, what an adorable, sweet rather than scary scarecrow you created! It turned out so cute! Especially liked how you explained and illustrated making the brim of his hat. Very clever!

    1. Thanks, Debbee! I rarely get opportunities to make whimsical projects and I had lots of fun making this one!

  8. This is so adorable Gail! Love the sweet painted face and raffia hat brim!

  9. This is so adorable. I love the raffia rim. How did you come up with it. Also I had no idea you could buy gourds on Amazon, so that's good to know. Thanks so much for sharing your project. It would be cute for Christmas too!

    1. Thanks so much, Andrea! You're right! I'm looking forward to creating one for Christmas, too!

  10. Hi Gail,

    Nice to meet you. I saw your blog on the list of links and we are in the Do It Over Designers Group. I wanted to get acquainted with you so I clicked your link.

    Great project and creative.


    1. Thanks, Cindy! It's great to meet you, too! Cloches and Lavender is such an awesome title for a blog! I'm partial to anything that includes one of my favorite shades of purple - lavender! I look forward to being in the 'Do It Over Designers Group!' It sounds fabulous!

  11. Gail, this little guy, is SO adorable!! You have such talent for thinking creatively. Happy Fall Gail!

  12. Gail, I love your painted gourd scarecrow! He's so cute! I didn't know there are paper mache gourds available...they look so real. Thanks for the detailed rafia tutorial. The brim and hat are the perfect finishing touch! It was fun crafting with you :)

  13. This has gone to be the cutest lil scarecrow I ever did see! I love is and your pumpkins big happy faces!!

  14. Tooooooo cute Gail. They would have loved to visit with Mary's Mr Pumpkin Head if he was still around :D


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