Gourd Lamp by Renee Keith

My latest art project has been to create a gourd lamp. Right away, I got a lovely warm home feeling when scraping it out… my husband wondered if it reminded me of carving pumpkins when I was little. Maybe!? But I don’t necessarily feel that way carving pumpkins now, haha. Anyways, I am open to exploring this lovely feeling of handling gourds, and creating lamps with them. I absolutely love the process and light patterns on the wall.

I would also really like to make gourd rattles ❤  You never know, one day you might wake up and have a close relationship with gourds, who would have thought? Still sinking in, hahaa

Here are some photos of my first one:

Gourd lamp by Renee Keith
Gourd lamp by Renee Keith

photo-1-221I discovered after the first day of sanding that I should be wearing a mask. From what I read, you do not want to breath in any mold spores. So here I am, covered up and ready to drill 🙂 … I also made sure to wear protective glasses.

For final touches, I cleaned up the paint that fell in the grooves, and added a natural protective semi-gloss coating. This gourd lamp was so much fun to make! I definitely planning on making them to sell at craft fairs and possibly online. Looking forward to learning all I can about gourd art.

Gourd lamp by Renee Keith


  1. These are magnificent! Oh my, I just love the sight and feel of creation! Thank you for the experience and the desire I just created of wanting to create something with my hands. My writing is one aspect but I’ve always wanted to craft with my hands. Wow. Please stay open to allow your inspiration to express itself. It is greatly appreciated by me. Again, thank you! 🙂

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