Gourd Bag




Intro: Gourd Bag

Gourds played an important part of ancient history of many cultures.
They were made into bowls, water jugs, containers, musical instruments and etc.
It takes at least six months to grow and six months to dry a hardshell gourd.
It is indeed a fascinating inedible vegetable.
In this instructable, I would like to use this natural, sustainable material to make a bag.
I hope you like my creation.

Step 1: Preparing the Gourd

Choose a hardshell gourd according to the size and shape of your choice.
Scrub any dirt and the outer skin clean with a kitchen scrubber.
Sketch your design.
Cut the gourd with a jigsaw.
Remove the seeds and pulp.
Sand the inside smooth.

Step 2: Painting

Have fun painting your design.
Apply three coats of lacquer or more on the gourd surface. Choose from Satin, semi gloss, or high gloss.
Apply coating on the inside, too. One coat should be sufficient for the inside.

Step 3: Drilling

Drill according to diagram, using 1/8 and 1/4" drill bits.

Step 4: Stringing

Insert seagrass through the 1/8" holes on the top gourd, make knotts inside and outside as shown on the diagram.
Insert Manila rope through the 1/4" holes and make knotts as shown.

Step 5: Opening and Closing the Bag

Slide the top part of the gourd up the rope to open bag and down to close the bag.



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    5 Discussions


    1 year ago

    It is so exciting to find this instructable! Because, as of this season, I've grown gourds from seed, and they've finally begun to show some gourds on their extensive vines. In wondering exactly what to do w them, all, I ran across your instructable. Excellent idea! great instructable!

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    Reply 1 year ago

    So glad you enjoyed it. I hope to get to see yours.


    1 year ago

    this is beautiful. You might want to adjust the cover photo. It does not show the beauty of the bag at all. It is kind of falling out of the view.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for letting me know. Unfortunately, the contest deadlie has passed andI'm not allowed to edit it.


    Reply 1 year ago

    I did not know that about when a contest ends. Good to know for the future.