If you like the elegant look for fall decorating, this is for you. Very Martha Stewart. I never would have thought of painting a pumpkin black!
I sometimes buy decoratvie gourds this time of year, displaying them in their natural state. After that I put them in the basement on a dry shelf to dehydrate. I turn them over from time to time to help them dry evenly. About half of them really dry to the point where the seeds inside rattle when you shake it. I then paint it (I like to make them into elves or Santas) for Christmas decor. Sometimes I spray paint them silver or gold as you see in the link.
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