Gourds are plentiful in the autumn -- you'll find them at farm stands, garden centers and grocery stores.  

Don’t toss your gourds at the end of the season, dry them instead.

Dried gourds weigh a few ounces instead of pounds, and they can be sanded, painted and crafted into wonderful shapes, either scary or elegant. Just put them away and forget about them for months. Be warned, though, the transformation isn’t pretty.

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