An Autumn DIY | A Gourd Bracelet

I was recently wandering around our local farmer's market/pumpkin patch and saw a big bin filled with dried gourds. My head was spinning with all the DIY possibilities! I've been really into piling my arms full of bracelets lately and I thought a natural gourd bracelet would be a great addition. Plus it was a fun new challenge since I had never delved into the world of gourd crafting.

What you'll need:
-Dried gourd
-Dust mask
-Miterbox saw
-Belt sander
-Course sand paper
-Mod Podge and paintbrush
-Shoe polish

How to make it:
-If you can't find a pre-cleaned gourd, you will have to soak your gourd in water for 15-20 minutes and scrub off the dirt and dark mold with soap and a wire pot scrubber. And let it dry completely before beginning your project.
-Use a pencil and cups (that isn't too much wider than your wrist) or other bracelets to trace two lines around the outside of the gourd.

-Cut off the end and remove the dried seeds and membrane. Make sure that you are wearing a mask during all of the cutting and sanding processes, gourd dust can irritate the respiratory system.

-Cut following the second line that you have drawn on and you will have a rough bracelet shaped gourd. You can continue to cut a few more bracelets out by tracing more cups or just eyeing it.

-Using a belt sander, make the sides of your bracelet even and smooth.


-Using course sandpaper, remove any left over membrane from the inside of the bracelet and round the edges of the inside of the bracelet.

-Use Modpodge to coat the inside of the bracelet. You will probably need a few coats.

-Sketch out some designs on your bracelets and use the wood burner to trace over them.

-Use shoe polish to cover over the outside of your bracelet. Follow the directions according to the brand you buy.

Hope you're enjoying all of the loveliness that autumn has to offer!

Contributor post by Caitlin of The Merrythought. Caitlin is one of the three minds behind The Merrythought. There they share with you yummy recipes, inspiring DIY projects, stylish clothes, lovely homes, pretty parties, and bits of their family life.

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Blog said...

I love this! It's so nice to see such an original DIY too!

Now, if only I can talk my husband into digging out the tools to make my own!

Blog said...

I love this! It's so nice to see such an original DIY too!

Now, if only I can talk my husband into digging out the tools to make my own!

Jan Halvarson said...

Hi Brittany! Thanks for dropping by and I agree, this DIY made my heart flip a bit. Love it!

Shelly Metzger said...

How well do they hold up over time?

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Unknown said...

I agree! This is awesome and refreshingly original

Unknown said...

Probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen! I just saw a bunch of those gourds for sale and just assumed people only carve them. But cutting bracelets, the possibilities are endless!

Stacia, Paper Swallow Events said...

This is a really fun idea. I wonder if I would be able to find a gourd the right size for my small wrists, though.

Jan Halvarson said...

Shelley - gourds are almost like plywood and can last up to 30 years apparantly unless they get wet or course.

Meesh @ I Dream of Chairs said...

Those bracelets are Gourd-egous! ;)

Jan Halvarson said...

Meesh! :)

Christina said...

Awesome! Love to see the bracelets made from dried gourds. Simply Gourd-egous!

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