162 clear color photos and lively instructions teach readers to create imaginative and colorful Christmas ornaments made from hard-shelled, miniature gourds. The designs include birdhouses, snowmen, angels, tree balls, double tree balls, tree toppers, and wall hangings. Step-by-step instructions proceed from initial gourd cleaning to final painting, wood burning, and the installation of hangers. Simple tools are required to complete the projects. Advice for growing gourds and a gallery of finished ornaments are provided to fire the reader's imagination to create beautiful handcrafted objects.
Angela Mohr's passion for gourd ornaments began fifteen years ago with a bumper crop of gourds in her backyard garden. She has been making ornaments at home in Stephens City, Virginia, ever since.


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