When my mother passed away, I inherited a large box of negatives of old photographs. I personally love my pictures and genealogy, so my family let me have them. I spent all summer scanning them into a computer. Wow! Was that a huge job to do and very time consuming! I made all my siblings copies of all that I scanned for their Christmas Presents. They loved it!
Before they knew I was making these for them, my older brother asked for me to send him some pictures of just him and our mother together. I did, and along with that I decided to make him a birthday present with them also.
I made him a picture gourd. I don’t know if that’s a thing or not, but it is now!
This was a great Remembrance gift! It has wonderful pictures and memories in it for my brother and he can use it in any way he likes, for a change holder on his table, or a candle holder, or just a decorative piece. It’s now a wonderful treasure with memories of our mother and him together.
Look at my post on How to Work Pine Needles Around a Base
Weaving pine needles onto a gourd is the same concept. Just use a little more imagination!
Before I wove the pine needles on, I cut out holes in the gourd for my pictures to go fit in.
I cropped my photos and sized them down to fit into a resin mold. I put my pictures into the mold and poured Enviro Tex Lite Resin into it and let it set for 24 hours.
When my picture beads were made and I had holes cut for them in my gourd, I tacked them down with a little super glue and then took a blue polymer bake clay and poked it into the edges to make a sort of frame.
Note: I did test this in the oven first with a small piece of gourd, a picture bead, and clay before I did my project. Please always test things first so you don’t ruin your work!
After my pictures and clay were in place I baked it in the oven for a few minutes and then did my pine needle weave into it. Turned out pretty good I think. And best of all, it acts like a lantern in there is a candle in it with the clear resin picture beads and the clear geode rock. My brother was thrilled!
Notes: Gourds are very fragile! They break easily if dropped, especially if you have holes in it. This was my second gourd I used because I dropped the first one and it shattered. After I had the pine needles weaved and put a shellac and finish onto it, it was much stronger.