Last fall I purchased a gourd for the purpose of making a birdhouse. I dried it all winter in a dry, cool spot, I chose my garage. I finally got around to drilling a hole for the opening and and painting it. Be sure it is totally dry--shake it to hear the seeds jingling.
I sprayed the gourd with a primer first and then used a latex outdoor enamel spray paint to cover.
I hung it on our Weeping Spruce tree and I like the blue and green combination.
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