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Photography by Diane Gilleland

GOURD LANTERNS

Image Drill patterns into hard-shell gourds and let the light shine through.

By Diane Gilleland

Hard-shell gourds, sometimes called calabash gourds, are some of the world’s first cultivated plants. They are harvested from their vines in the fall and then air-dried for several months. When a gourd is fully dry inside and out, it forms a woody shell that can be cut with simple tools.

Cultures all over the world fashion hard-shell gourds into vessels or musical instruments. Here, we’ve turned them into festive ...

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