diy project: cardboard gourd place settings

It’s possible that we have done everything you could think to do with mini pumpkins and gourds in the name of a beautiful Thanksgiving table — glitter, spray paint, stencils, papier mâché, carving, drilling, stamping. There is hardly a tool or technique we haven’t applied to (or tried on) the squash family. We thought this would be a fun twist on the same theme, and because we always have a glut of cardboard boxes around, it was a fun way to recycle. — bbbcraft sisters

Read the full how-to after the jump!


  • old cardboard boxes
  • small sticks
  • scissors
  • needle
  • white twine
  • compass
  • pencil
  • awl (we used a 1/4”)


1. Use the compass to draw circles of varying sizes, so you have about 8 to 10 circles for each gourd in a variety of closely sized circles. The size of your circles depends on the size you’d like to make the gourds.

2. Cut out the circles.

3. Stack the circles to make the gourd shape, with small circles on the bottom, bigger and wider circles in the middle and the smallest circles on top.

4. Using an awl, make a central hole through all the circles.

5. Using the needle and white twine, sew through the hole and create the gourd’s “ribs” by wrapping the twine around the stack and through the hole again. Continue to sew and wrap until you have come full circle, leaving equal space between each wrap.

6. Push a small stick through the hole to create the gourd’s stem.

7. Tie a piece of paper or a ribbon to the top to create place settings (we used iron-on transfers to create our ribbon tags).


Hmm. That is a lot of effort when a real gourd would look nicer. But I guess if you can’t find gourds and you really, really want them…


These are adorable. Plus, I love that it is a no waste concept. You were planning on recycling that box and you still can when you are done with the pieces. Brilliant and cute.


Would be nice to do with thin cookies (that’s what i thought they were when I first saw the pic…)


This is such a unique creative idea and so simple! You could customize this for different occasions.


Cute project, but you really missed an opportunity for a sweet “Cardgourd” pun. :p


Cute AND recycling – that’s my kind of project! There’s something about personalized name plates that really make a dinner special – and these would be adorable with names on the ribbon. Thanks for the idea!


This is just too cute! I could already imagine all kinds of possibilities with these, might give these a go if I ever get a chance to.


Great idea! Can you tell me what kind and/or where you got the ribbon that you used to transfer the bon appetit printing on? Thank you!


These would also make great christmas ornaments! Use colored twine (metallic even), and make them a little less gourdy.


Love this so much! And I have a glut of white cardboard that I think could make great snowballs for Christmas! OR paint them black and make into lumps of coal! ha ha ha!!! :)


Love…can’t wait to try it with gingerbread cookies instead of cardboard!


Loved it and plan to give it a try. The suggestions made by several readers are also great!


Looking at that big stack of circles just makes my hands hurt! I think this is a cute idea, but the logistics of actually cutting all that cardboard seems a little crazy!


I always like to put something festive on the holiday table. These are outstanding because the are so unusual