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I began gourding when I was just 10 with my mom, helping her decorate gourds for the Christmas tree. My love of nature, the outdoors, farming and gardening, and my Faith play a big part in the kind ...

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Inlay Beaded Gourd Candle Holder

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(11) Name: 'Other : Inlay Beaded Gourd Candle Holder
Inlay Beaded Gourd Candle Holder
Inlay Beaded Gourd Candle Holder
Inlay Beaded Gourd Candle Holder
Inlay Beaded Gourd Candle Holder
Inlay Beaded Gourd Candle Holder

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Woodburning with a hobby woodburner
  • Carving with a rotary tool or hand gouge
  • Sawing

Pattern Description:

In this tutorial I would like to show you how to make an inlay beaded gourd with the image of Mother and Child inspired by a famous religious painting titled Zoja e Bekueme or Our Lady of Good Counsel.

The technique of beaded gourds has always fascinated me. I have made many over the years, all with a religious theme inspired by my Faith. Beaded gourds have this sense of sacredness and mystery about them, much like the stained glass windows of old.

This tutorial is geared toward someone with some experience with power tools and a woodburner. Although, one of my first gourds I ever made was a beaded gourd of Our Lady of Lourdes and I had almost no experience then. It came out beautifully, too! I believe a technique like this one can be a starting point for gourd crafting. I am happy to help you along if you have any questions. bernadettesgourdcreations (at) gmail (dot) com

Step-by-step instructions with color photos on how to make your own inlay beaded gourd of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Pattern drawn by me is also included. 8-paged PDF file.


  • Oval dried gourd
  • Woodburner
  • Carving tool
  • Acrylic paint in flesh, brown, blonde yellow, gold and silver metallic, red, and dark blue.
  • Paint brushes: small round brush and a glue brush
  • Mod Podge
  • An assortment of tiny beads in blue, red, white, and gold
  • Beadswax
  • Pattern transfer supplies
  • Keyhole saw or jigsaw
  • Melon baller or similar scraper for cleaning
  • Sandpaper
  • Votive candle with glass holder

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