Are these DIY sparkling centerpieces gourd-geous or what?

Oct 9, 2014 at 2:55 p.m. ET

Check out this easy DIY project to turn your festive October gourds into a beautiful table centerpiece.

I find it hard to resist buying bunches and bunches of gourds in October. The shapes and colors are so beautiful and it's so easy to decorate with them. My favorite shape is the goose necks. Aptly named, they look exactly like birds! I'm a big fan of the gold trend and have always loved sparkle, so I had the idea to turn these gourds into golden table accents.

Gilded Gourds


  • Gourds
  • Metallic spray paint


Step 1: Gather your gourds and spray paint. There are so many options when it comes to paint colors. I prefer the brushed metallic option for this project, as it's a bit more matte.

Step 2: The gourds need to be spray painted on all sides, with time to dry between each coat. I set up on the porch and used a shallow box to contain my spray. To avoid messy drips, be sure to hold the can far enough away from the gourds while spraying. If you spray too close, the paint will pool and not dry evenly.

Make sure you allow the painted side to dry before turning the gourd over to paint the other side.

Step 3: Move the gourd to a clean area to dry.

While you’re waiting for the Gilded Gourds to dry fully, move on to the Golden Geese.

Golden Geese


  • Matte Mod Podge or watered down craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • Gold glitter


Step 1: Organize your supplies and lay the gourd on a paper plate.

Step 2: Using the small paintbrush, apply Mod Podge to one full side of the gourd.

Step 3: On a paper plate, newspaper or any surface you can easily roll up and throw away, sprinkle the Mod Podge coated side with glitter. I LOVE the tinsel glitter for these!

Step 4: Mod Podge the other half of the gourd and finish with glitter.

So pretty and sparkly!

I prefer to have smaller accents on my table for Thanksgiving, so I thought it would be fun to make some actual turkeys out of these gourds.

To complete the turkey transformation you’ll need the below.


  • Brown floral tape
  • Quilting pins or map tacks
  • Feathers

Craft stores have great feather selections these days. I bought a few packs of these feathers that are stitched together at the bottom, but you can easily sew or tape them together yourself. Choose the gourd you would like to use for your turkey, keeping in mind that the stem will be the beak. Decide which way it sits best.


Step 1: Add map tack eyes. Note: the gourd skin is tough. You have to find just the right spot and angle to push the pin in. There are lots of other fun options you could use for eyes here. Don't be afraid to get creative!

Step 2: Gather the feather bundle with floral tape and secure together.

Step 4: Consider the way your gourd will sit, add the feather bundle to the back and secure with a pin.

I think my guests are going to love these, and yours will too! It's a simple way to add a little seasonal sparkle to your table.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Marie Callender's and SheKnows. All thoughts and opinions are my own.