Gourd craft ideas are perfect for seniors and elderly!
They're fun all year round, but particularly make great fall craft projects.
Crafts supplies for these are inexpensive and easy to find at any arts and crafts supplies store. Or even thrift shops and around the house. So see what you can find around, and stretch your imagination - the sample below are just ideas to get you started!
Gourds may seem seasonal, but some are also available throughout the year, so these gourd ideas can be used any time. I love the lumpy, bumpy kinds that suggest all sorts of funny and weird characters.
And these gourd craft ideas so easy! They make perfect crafts for seniors; elderly activities too. They can be adjusted to all activity levels. Just take a look at the size and scope of the gourds you can get, and let your imagination go wild. The gourd craft ideas here are very simple, but you can make them as complex as you’d like!
These particular gourd craft ideas have more of a fall theme, but
also think in terms of gnomes or elves for winter, and summer
centerpieces too. (Be sure to see our page on fall crafts for the elderly, also).
Supplies -- Many of the items I used for these gourd craft ideas were things I
found around the house. Candle holders turned upside down on glass
plates to use as stands. Raffia, ribbon, and doilies. Even a stretchy
rhinestone bracelet to use as a sparkly ringlet around the base of a
stand. I always have lots of those wiggly googly eyes around as well,
plus small pieces of candies to use as noses. And a glue gun or craft
glue. Markers were used for faces. And because the faces on these are
whimsical and irregular, it’s pretty hard to make a “mistake” with these
gourd craft ideas!
This frivolous miss was made of a mini pumpkin, topped with curly ribbon for her hair. You can attach it with a thumb tack, or glue it. Use googly eyes, of course, and a candy or pom-pom nose.
I drew on the face with a fine point Sharpie marker pen. The head is set on several artificial fall leaves that serve as a collar of sorts.
stand is an upside-down inexpensive candle holder from a thrift store,
atop a doily. Around the bottom is a sparkly bracelet. (These gourd craft ideas take about
15 to 30 minutes to make).
The Gourd Ghoul
I loved this white gourd. It immediately made me think of a lumpy ghost floating on its side. First I sliced off the top of the thick part of the gourd to make an opening in which to insert a candle. (I use only those imitation battery-run candles).
Gourds can be tough to cut, so keep in mind who is doing this project – they may need assistance with the cutting. Scoop out the opening just as when carving a pumpkin. (If you remove enough of the insides so the walls are thin, the candlelight will glow through the sides in the dark). Then I put in a tea light (artificial) candle.
Next the face – really easy. Googly eyes as usual, then marker to make a big oval for the mouth. And a couple slanted eyebrows. That’s about it.
Again, it’s on top of a turned over candle holder on a dish, filled with fall candy colors. Makes a great centerpiece, and is especially fun when several are lined up across a table.
This lacy lady is one of our easiest gourd craft ideas. Perfect for elderly who may need help or an easier project, and also fun to do with children.
Black ribbon (mine was glittery)
Small artificial flower (mine was black)
Glue (for flower)
Black fine-tip marker
Large square of white lace
A stand: candle holder, jar, etc.
Small flameless candle
I first drew the face on the white gourd using the fine-tipped black marker. It is simply three ovals. Then I tied a long strand of black ribbon onto the stem. Next I glued on the artificial flower.
Then simply place your square of lace over your stand, and drape it. Set the head onto the drape stand.And add a little candle at the bottom. That's all there is to it!
And if you don't have lace...
You can also see another version using a simple white paper napkin,
in case you don't have lace. Or a white cloth napkin looks nice is well. For this sample, I used a little candy cup instead of a candle.
I used the same stand and candy dish for this one as I did for the Ghoul. But without the candle. Instead, I created a nest of dried moss on top of the candle stand. The natural curve of the gourd made a great goose neck, head and beak, with the googly eye added to the head.
natural ridge of the body of the gourd protrude enough to suggest wings.
For the tail I used a gumdrop (you can also use half a Styrofoam ball),
with craft feathers inserted. Since the tail end of the gourd had a
little protrusion, I just stuck the gumdrop onto it. Otherwise you can
glue it on. See what I mean by simple?
This is one of my favorites, using a combination of two gourds. The bottom was a type of squash that had lumps suggestive of a "bosom." When I saw it in the store I just about died laughing.
I’d already had the gourd for the head at home, and now knew what to do with it. Curly ribbon was placed around the stem, and also as a bow on the “skirt.”
face is yes, those googly eyes, plus a candy nose, and smiley face with
eyebrows and lashes drawn on with the fine Sharpie marker. A doily was placed between
the gourd head and body, like a lacy collar. These would also look cute with an apron (such as a doily cut in half, and ribbon).
This granny is sitting on top of a small, black plastic dish with an artificial tea candle inside, creating an eerie glow. Her head is topped with a simple ribbon curl. The face is a study in fabulous lumps.
The eyes are glued onto lumps which cause them to protrude. The nose is another lump on which I drew large nostrils. The lopsided mouth wiggles around more bumps.
And then there is a wonderful natural chin. Her “feet” are a couple of artificial leaves. If I turned this gourd around, on the other side could have been a perfect grandpa gourd face as well… maybe another day.
Fancy-Hat Gourd Witch
Here's another witch with a different look, to add to your gourd craft ideas. It's very easy to put together, complete with a fancy hat which you can decorate any way you'd like. I got a lot of the items from a local thrift store.
The hat did come from a craft store, but we also explain how to make one from felt. You could also use colored paper.
Get the full instructions on our page all about easy Halloween crafts.
On that page we also describe how to make a really cute, frilly witch's broom to go along with many projects.
Autumn Angel Gourd
If you want a gourd craft with another look, that is un-spooky, then how about an angel gourd.
She can be used for many occasions -- blessing your Thanksgiving table, or as a Christmas decoration. This project is made with a small white pumpkin-shaped gourd.
But if they're not in season when you want to make it, there are other options. Learn more at our craft angels page.
Elf or Santa Gourd
It's all in the costume! In this case, a festive holiday paper napkin. It can really change the look of this guy.
This is an extremely easy gourd craft, and again, is made with a white pumpkin-like gourd. But we give other ideas too.
He can be based on a jar filled with candies, hidden under his "cape." See just what I did on our simple Christmas crafts page.
Also check out
"Easy Crafts and Gifts You Can Make" -- And find out about lots more easy yet quality crafts for many seasons and abilities - over 120 activities in our e-book. PLUS a booklet of FREE templates you can use for a variety of projects.
Be sure to also see:
Really Easy Apple Craft Ideas -- Try these really easy apple craft Ideas (for all ages). Apples are not only abundant in fall, they are available all year long, so these ideas are perfect any time.
Painting Pumpkins and Gourds -- Colorful ideas to decorate instead of carving!
Elderly Activities -- A wide range of activities for those who may need a little help or modified projects.