How to clean dried gourds.
Step 1: Soak the gourd in warm water - approx. 15 minutes
You will need to hold the gourd underwater since it will float.
*Beware that the gourd does not have any holes or it will take in water and become soft. If this happens, simply let the gourd dry out and soak it carefully by placing a wet cloth over the gourd until the outer skin softens.
Step 2: Scrub the gourd with a kitchen scrubbing a pad or scrape it with a butter knife. This removes the outer skin. Discoloration or spots my still be present - these will not harm the gourd. You can paint over them or leave them to add character to your gourd craft. Clean the gourd as much or as little as you like. Remaining skin can be sealed with varnish or paint.
Step 3: Allow the gourd to dry fully - approx. 15 - 20 minutes or until the shell feels firm and dry.
Your gourd is now ready for crafting!
Suggested Materials for Gourd Crafting:
Rotary Tool (i.e. Dremel)
Craft knife, keyhole handsaw, filed, hand carving tool
Stains, leather dyes or acrylic paint
Craft or wood glue
Varnish, polyurethane, polyacrylic, shellac or some type of wood sealant
Additional optional materials:
Wood putty or filler
Rice or unpopped popcorn (for filled in musical shakers)
String or yarn
Dust mask (for sanding inside of gourds)