Gourd Ornament-4 pack
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A great project for any age.
12 Pack Ornament Type Gourds
On SALE for only $18.95
Great for ornaments, wreaths and more
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C. Angela Mohr has given us another great book!
Bottle Gourd Birdhouse w/Wisteria
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Adjustable Crescent Entrance Hole Cylinder
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Keep Starlings out!
Box of 4 large Martin (Kettle) Gourd-Washed
One of our best sellers!
Box of Mixed Gourds (9 qty) - washed
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Holiday Fun, Painting Christmas Gourds, by Sammie Crawford
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New for 2009
Snowman Gourd Birdhouse
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Made in the USA- Hand Painted
1/4" -#9 Gourd Carving Tool-6" palm
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The one tool every gourd carver should own
Gourd Carving Kit
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Save money by buying the kit!
6' plug-in light cord w/ switch and socket (metal prong type) - white
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A must for gourd luminaries, buy a lamp base for table top use
Martin (kettle) Gourd (8"- 9" diameter) large
On SALE for only $9.35
dried, cleaned, and ready to craft
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Buy in bulk and Save! Dried, cleaned, and ready to paint or dye.
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Use for people figures, birds and more
Jewelry Gourd (Tennessee Spinners)
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Long Gourd Scraping Tool
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This is the scraper you'll use!
Gourd Base Made with recycled materials
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Base only, light cord and bulb not included
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Birds Use Gourd Birdhouses All Year Long
Unfinished Gourd Bird House (medium gourd) with 1-1/2" hole
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Box of Four Finished Bird Houses
On SALE for only $67.95
Professional Rotary Tool Set
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For the serious crafter
Fiebing Professional Oil Dye
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Fade Resistant, Long Lasting Color
Gourd Tips and Information
How to Make a Gourd Birdhouse
When the gourd is completely dry, use a wire brush and sandpaper to clean the outside surface. Next, you should treat the gourd with a 10% solution of bleach and water. This will protect the gourd from rot and fungal molds. Handle with care and be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection! Soak the gourd in the bleach solution for 15 minutes. Remove the gourd from the solution and place on a clean surface and allow to dry. To avoid this first step, buy a gourd that has been dried and cleaned.
For an entrance, using an expansion bit or
hole saw, cut a hole* slightly above the center of the gourd. Clean out the inside of the gourd using a serrated knife to break up the pith and seeds. The gourd is now ready for finishing.
To hang the gourd drill two 1/4 inch-diameter holes at the stem end for the hanger, which may be a piece of rigid wire (such as a coat hanger) or a strip of rawhide.
Drill four or five holes in the bottom, approximately 3/8” using a drill bit, and possibly 2 or 3, 3/8” holes on the sides for drainage and ventilation.
The outside of the gourd may be finished with an oil based primer, followed by enamel paint. Lightly sand first with fine sandpaper so the primer adheres well to the surface of the gourd. White is a good color choice as the white will reflect the sun, keeping the inside of the birdhouse cool. For a more natural look, just use 2 – 3 coatings of clear polyurethane directly on the gourd.
Hang from a tree branch or from wire suspended between sturdy structures.**
*The size of the gourd and the size of the entrance will determine the type of birds that will use the gourd for their home. See
hole size chart.
**The distance from the ground will also determine what type of birds will use the gourd for their home. See
hole size chart.
Do you know why there are no perches on the gourd birdhouse?
Birds do not need a perch to enter the nest, they have such precise flying skills that they can land on the edge of the entrance opening. A perch would be an invitation for other “predator” birds to enter the nest. Therefore you do not need a perch.