The gourds I used are extremely dry. They are from several seasons ago, so there was very little prep to do besides washing them off. I used an old rag to rub on the acrylic paint. You can see the process above. To create the reddish gourd, I used a Burgundy glaze. The yellowish gourd was painted with Apricot paint, and the harlequin pattern was created on the gourd with a black acrylic paint. The gourd-vase is all natural.
The Better Homes & Garden fall-themed chargers, ringed with nuts and leaves, and the milk-glass fluted dessert plates, with embossed grape clusters, were Christmas gifts (thank-you!).
I took our everyday silverware and tied them in raffia. Then as place cards, I took silk leaves from an old swag and wrote our names on them. It's all so simple and inexpensive, and demonstrates that one never has to spend irrationally to make guests feel special.
I hope this inspires someone to look around at what they already have or look outside and see what nature has to offer first, before spending your money on seasonal decor that will be stored away much of the time.
Nature Is Naturally Beautiful!
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