• Matt Shelton

Gourd Lanterns

Instead of throwing away our gourds from Halloween, I decided to let them dry in the winter sun and make gourd lanterns for us. To me, that’s what Waldorf is all about. Low waste production, using natural materials, and creating visible magic. I have never done this before, but think they came out looking pretty good.


Materials needed:

  • Dried Gourds (I set my halloween gourds outside on the patio and simply let them dry in the sun for 2 months)

  • Razor blade to cut off the top of the dried gourd (this step must be done by an adult)

  • Drill and differently sized drill bits

  • Tea light

  • OPTIONAL: a mask to avoid breathing in the drill dust

Instructions:

  1. Preserve your halloween gourds by drying them outside in the sun for approximately 2 months. If you live in a humid environment, dry them indoors in a dry and warm space.

  2. Once dried, use a pencil and razor blade (X-acto knife) to cut off the gourd's top.

  3. Empty the gourd with a spoon.

  4. Use a pencil to trace patterns onto your dried gourd.

  5. Use a power drill and differently sized drill bits to trace your pencil line and create interesting patterns.

  6. Remove the very bottom stump of your dried gourd using a razor blade and add a tea light or flameless candle.

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