So this is my original gourd…
As you may recall, this is what I did to the bottom of it.
What of the top? It’s such an interesting shape and with so much material it seems like a waste to just throw it away. So I sat and looked at it for a minute and what pops into my mind? A VERY large calla lily.
So I sanded down the rough pieces and painted it. (Much like I did my bottom half if you would like a tutorial) What would make a better pistil than a creamy yellow tapered candle? So I plopped one in the center and glued it down with 2 part epoxy and then glued the whole thing to a dowel rod that I had laying around which I had also painted and it turned out pretty well. Maybe a little campy, but no more so than those other garden ornaments people stick in the ground. I weather proofed the entire thing with a clear acrylic sealant but I decided I liked it better inside. We have an umbrella plant which is large enough not to look funny with it stuck in the same pot.