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diy project: cardboard gourd place settings

by The BBB Craft Sisters

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).

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