It’s always fun to dig through a bin of gourds and look for the whackiest shapes and colors. Take them home, pile them in a basket or bowl and you have instant fall decor.
But gourds inspire other seasonal accessories and art pieces as well, to be used alone or as part of a harvest-theme arrangement.
Bonus: They will last longer than your jack-’o-lantern.
Illuminating: Glazed hand-punched limestone luminaries call for a flameless candle. The 10-inch-high one costs $69; the 16-inch, $119. From Pottery Barn, www.potterybarn.com.
Fall blooms: Three-inch-high box with fitted lid is carved from a gourd by Peruvian artisans and painted with florals in shades of orange, red and brown, $24. Other gourd boxes are available, too. From Ten Thousand Villages, 5596 Main St., Williamsville, and www.tenthousandvillages.com.
Show-stopper: An amber-colored crackled glass gourd stands nearly 10 inches tall, quite gracefully. It’s priced $16.95 at Pier 1, www.pier1.com.
Gorgeous gourd: These are just two of the unique pieces (both 14 inches high) by award-winning gourd artist JoAnn Vanderheite, of Grand Island. Her works, which begin at $35, have been featured in the 100 American Craftsmen show at the Kenan Center and the Lewiston Art Festival.