Fall is Gourd-geous

Craft-Table_LogoWelcome to the Homeschool Mom’s Craft Table. Enjoy a quick foray into the world of art; join us as we delve into projects, offer helpful tips, explore new tools, and encourage all things creative. Come along and share a world of fun!


While the So Cal weather has yet to catch up with the rest of us, it is officially fall. Our front room is filled with gourds of all kinds, fall leaves, and the scent of cinnamon. What better way to spend our craft time than by experimenting on a few pumpkins?

Every year we nab a few of the choicest pumpkins we can find and carve them to our hearts content. In the past, we have followed a particular formula when carving our pumpkins:

  • Heart Eyes – We are to have love when we look at other people.
  • Cross Nose – Christ died for our sins.
  • Fish Mouth – We are to spread the gospel to the world.
  • Bible Ears – We are to fill ourselves with the Word of God, taking in His guidance daily.
  • Castle (Back side of Pumpkin)- The Kingdom of Heaven; good things to come.

Unfortunately, our pumpkins usually last only a day or two. This is really frustrating when you spend a great deal of time crafting them. This year, we are going to try a new experiment. (Science and crafting together? Yeah!) What are we doing different? We’re dipping them in bleach.

Large Pumpkins

Yes, you read that correctly; we are dipping our pumpkins in a water/bleach solution to see if this helps our creations last a little longer. This is supposed to be a fairly easy process, let’s see if this works. We are to dip our un-carved pumpkins into the bleach solution and let it sit for a few moments. Once carved, we are to once again place the pumpkin into the bleach solution and let it dry upside down. To keep our gourd looking fresh, we spray it with an anti-bacterial solution (2 tbsp. of white vinegar, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, and 1 qt. of water) every few days to keep it from going bad.

There’s nothing like a fun fall craft to usher in the season. With this handy tip on how to keep the gourds from going bad, we can enjoy this event even longer.

Time to Chime In: How many pumpkins are you carving this year?


5 thoughts on “Fall is Gourd-geous

  1. Awesome ideas! We usually get a couple of pumpkins but stopped carving them because they rot way too quickly here in the South. I’m going to try your solutions and see if we can’t tease out the season a bit longer. Thanks for sharing!


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