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by  Madeleine M Langlois   MaddyLane Designs

Little Ghostly Gourds Goblins are a Real Scream!

Welcome Halloween trick-or-treaters with something a little different this year.
Ghoulish gourds ghosts are a real scream and a perfect addition to add to your
haunted house décor or festivities.

Hands-on time: Under 2 hours, to make six ghostly gourds
Skill: Easy with basic power tool skills
Cost estimate: Average under $15.00

Materials & tools:

•  Various light coloured pear shaped ornamental gourds, (try to pick ghostly
shapes)
•   Pencil
•   Newspapers or a plastic liner
•   Cordless power drill (I used a basic Mastercraft rechargeable drill, because
its lightweight and easy to handle)
•   Drill bits, in various widths, 1/8-inch to 3/16 bit, larger or smaller depending
on the size of the gourds
•   Basic craving tools (optional, can be done without using them)
•   A fork
•   LED tea lights, one per ghost gourd


(Materials for this project are available at hardware stores and garden centers.)

This is an excellent project to do with older kids (7 years old and over,
depending on the child’s handiness), and under strict supervision. It’s an ideal
project to introduce them to basic power tools and letting them try the carving
tools even if you end up doing all the work, it’s something you’re doing together.
My seven year old truly enjoyed making the holes in the gourds with the
cordless drill and with the carbon hole saw bit. He thought it was really cool! A
basic rule and tip when working with power tools or craving tools is; always, I
repeat always work in the direction away from your body and the hand that is
holding down the gourd. Meaning when you are using craving tools or making
the holes in the gourds move the working hand and tool in the opposite direction
away from your body and not towards it.

Cover a large table or work surface with newspapers or a plastic sheet. Have
the kids to draw simply ghostly faces on each of the gourds with a pencil, eyes
and mouths. The kids like to do this part.

To begin you will need to carve a hole at the back of the gourds, to make entry
way for the LED tea candles. The size of the hole depends on the size of your
gourds and on the size of the tea lights, varying from 2.5 to 3.5 centimetres in
diameter. Draw a basic circle shape at the back of the gourd. Then with a drill
and bit, make a series of holes inside the circle shape. Use a small hand jigsaw
or craft drill with a cutting wheel to cut along the circle, then knock out the center
part. This creates an opening for the bird to enter through. Use a drill bit along
the opening to smooth the circle’s edge. Drill a hole for the mouth and eyes
openings. Then drill three to five drainage holes at the bottom of the gourd.

To empty the gourd of it seeds and dried stuffing, loosen it from the inside with a
hook or fork. Shake the gourd and most of the stuffing will come out.

Repeat the same steps to cut out the eyes and mouth openings. Drill holes
along the mouth and eye shape openings. Use a craving tool to clean around
the edges of the shapes.

Arrange the goblins, snuggled close together, in a large shallow bowl or
container. Tuck a portion of white lights inside each gourd, with the plug
extending over the container's edge.
When you plug in the goblins and illuminate their smiles, remember:
Add decorative spiders around your ghostly presentation, in jars, on trays, glass
domes.

For a Halloween party, cluster a few gourd ghosts of different sizes together on
your table for a sensational centerpiece or grace them along a mantel with a few
scattered leaves! The ghostly creatures also make excellent outdoor porch and
patio decor. You can even opt to hang them up with sting. Have gourds of fun
with this project!!!

Tips: To ensure the gourd has dried properly, shake it to hear if the seeds rattle
and make sure it has a hard stem and dark mold on it. Why not try growing your
own gourds this summer? Visit the Canadian Gourd Society’s Web site for more
information on types of gourds, seeds, tools, finishes, gourd festivals and many
more gourd links.



Variations: If you want slightly larger ghost creatures, you can use butternut
squashes of different sizes and shapes for this project.  For a dramatic effect
you can even paint them as well, using acrylic paint, in white, black or different
fun colours and then applying a varnish topcoat to make them shinny.
MIY Ghostly Gourds...are a Real Scream!
Ghostly Halloween Gourds
"f o r   t h e   p u r e   j o y   o f   m a k i n g   t h i n g s  S p o o k y   f o r  H a l l o w e e n"
Have the kids lightly draw simply
ghostly faces on each of the gourds
with a pencil, eyes and mouths. The
kids like to do this part.
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This is an excellent project to do with
older kids (7 years old and over,
depending on the child’s handiness),
and under strict supervision. It’s an
ideal project to introduce them to basic
power tools and letting them try the
carving tools even if you end up doing
all the work, it’s something you’re
doing together.

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