“Gourdgous” Secret Santa Ornaments


Secret Santa events can be stressful. It’s not easy finding a gift that feels good enough and personal and is also under the ten dollar limit. I happened to have picked the most festive holiday fanatic I have ever met. Fully outfitted in a Santa onesie the night we exchanged gifts, my wonderful friend Cara received these three little gourd ornaments. 


The idea came to me from my childhood actually; we sometimes did cute crafts in our household around the holidays to give as gifts. They were cheap, simple, and more meaningful than a similar trinket bought at the store. I remember making pine cone peanut butter bird-feeders, beaded Christmas trees, gourd birdhouses, and smaller gourd ornaments like these.


A beautiful local store downtown called Ithacamade was selling the small gourds for necklaces, which you could make there with the string and beads provided. These were grown by a local artist named Graham Ottoson who makes a range of incredible products including nightlights, lamps, and vases. I was instantly inspired by the art around me and decided to take these little gourds home for a craft. The designs were inspired by and adapted from ones I found on Pinterest (like these: Santas, penguin, snowman). I used acrylic paint (cheap, easy, non-toxic) and sealed them with mod podge. Miniature scarfs are a good use for scrap fabric. 


Shout out to Cara who is in Los Angeles currently being an amazing teacher! I hope she makes good use of these for years to come. 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: