There are number of arts and crafts that can be created using dried gourds that makes fantastic natural bird housed, interesting bowls, containers and decorations. These gourds come in many shapes and sizes that last for a life time and are easy to use for a different craft projects. Drying your gourds for craft projects can be good idea because dried gourds are very expensive. In fact these gourds are still need to be cleaned and may have blemishes. Drying the gourd takes time but instead of buying it from the shop can save you some money. So if you are interested in working with dried gourds, then follow these simple steps to dry your gourds. You can also start drying your additional gourds for further project today so they will be ready to use within 6 months.
Firstly, to dry your gourds is scrape away the first skin on the outside of the gourd, then clean it thoroughly and disinfect them because if bacteria are left on the gourds can ruin the gourd completely. Then you can clean them with a rag soaked in the bleach powder and water mixture that kills the bacteria on the gourds as well as removing the skin before cleaning it will help them to dry faster.
Once the cleaning process has done, the gourd will need to be placed in a dry place for up to some months, it is always good if the gourd are hanged somewhere rather than left sitting on a surface. This way the gourds will get dry quickly, evenly and do not get any rotten spots. But make sure that the room has good ventilation and air movement. For guards that are not hung need to rotate them frequently to keep any spot from rotting away. Then when you gourds kept for drying, you simply have to wait. Sometimes mold may form on the outside of the gourd, if it happens you have to just scrub the gourd with a scouring pad with diluted bleach water once it has completely dried. Make sure that the gourd is not submerging in the water for a long time.
To check whether your gourd is fully dried or not, raps the side of the gourd firmly with your hand and then shakes it. You should hear the dried seeds shaking around inside, if not your gourd may need some more time to dry. Once it is dried completely, you can use them in any way you want. In fact gourds are great for carving and decorating, when you cut your gourd to use you will need to clean out any pulp or seeds to make the inner part of the gourd very attractive. Use your creativity skill to make the gourd beautiful with the natural shapes that gourd providing you.