By Diane Gilleland Hard-shell gourds, sometimes called calabash gourds, are some of the world’s first cultivated plants. They are harvested from their vines in the fall and then air-dried for several months. When a gourd is fully dry inside and out, it forms a woody shell that can be cut with simple tools. Cultures all over the world fashion hard-shell gourds into vessels or musical instruments. Here, we’ve turned them into festive outdoor lanterns, using a drill to create patterns for light to shine through. Note: This project is fairly messy, making it a good outdoor build.
Water Hard-shell gourd A good source online is Welburn Gourd Farm. Mineral oil Newspaper Pencil Scrubbing sponge String of Christmas lights Surgical mask Bucket Large spoon Handheld drill with various drill bits Pumpkin-carving tool kit like those found at Yankee Harvest Small paring knife Go to MAKE: Projects for the full article About the Author: Diane Gilleland produces CraftyPod, a blog and bi-weekly podcast about making stuff. Her first book, Kanzashi In Bloom is currently out in bookstores.