Gourd Vessel With Attitude

Christine French of Cleveland, Ohio, once decided to have her art students add legs to their projects. The result was not only comical, but an "a-ha" moment. Her vessels evolved from there with a gourd and sausage-filling base.

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Materials and Tools:

Dremel tool
pruning sheers
masking tape
paint-screen bag
a fan
spray paint
hog casings
clear spray
hot glue
fabric paint
fuzzy yarn
paper towels
drop cloth
rubber gloves


  1. Cut gourd in half with the dremel tool and then clean it.

  2. Use pruning sheers to cut the driftwood to fit the gourd.

  3. Attach the legs to the gourd with masking tape.

  4. Place newspaper in a blender to make the paper pulp.

  5. Remove the water from the pulp with a paint-screen bag.

  6. Mix the paper pulp with glue in a bucket.

  7. Apply the pulp over masking tape and then dry it with a fan.

  8. Paint the gourd portion with spray paint.

  9. Rinse the hog casing with water and split in half.

  10. Cover the painted part with gut and dry with a fan.

  11. Coat the entire sculpture with stain and whip it off with paper.

  12. Apply a clear coat of spray paint.

  13. Cut the feathers and add them to the top of the gourd with a hot glue gun.

  14. Use the fabric puffy paint to add dots to the legs.

  15. Cut fabric and add to the body with hot glue.

  16. Finish the piece by adding fuzzy yarn to the body and legs.

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