During an annual trip to an Indiana orchard for apple and pumpkin picking, a barrel of gourds caught my eye. Nubbly, bumpy and rich with fall colors, they made me smile. Surely, such a gifted fruit–odd, right? I looked it up–has more to offer the world than being a future maraca. They do and they have.
In the spirit of the season of harvest, here's a "cornucopia" of design inspired by and made from the gourd.
Lamps sculpted from gourds deliver a soothing, warm glow.
A gourd bowl lined with velvet and decorated with beads. A lovely accent piece.
Small gourds are used as boxes, and when filled with glaspearls, double as a rhythmic shaker.
Sweet adornments painted with bright, festive colors.
These speakers are a little unexpected, but who knew? See how purposeful the humble gourd can be.
Next time you arrange a few gourds into a bowl as a centerpiece for your dinning room table, maybe you should give it a little rub, like Aladdin's lamp–who knows what beautiful object it will transform into next.