Wilsons' Gourds are gourd folk artists based in Kell, Illinois. Decorative Gourds for both indoor and outdoor use.
Christmas Gourds Gallery
The Grinch Dipper Gourd – The Grinch design gourd was acrylic painted on a dipper gourd by Karen Wilson. Polyurethane finish is brush on with 2 coats of finish.
Curved long handle gourd of Grinch 2011 – Grinch is painted with acrylics on a long handle gourd by Karen Wilson. Paul B. Wilson hand brushed on two coats of polyurthene finish. Don’t be a Grinch. Enjoy the Christmas season.
Snowmen and Soldier ornaments 2011 Wilsons Gourds – The first snowman with the black plastic hat is a sculpted piece that was glued together two round type miniature gourds by Paul B. Wilson. All of the snowmen and the soldier were paitned with acrylics some even with metallics by Karen Wilson. Paul B. Wilson then proceed to brush on two coats of polyurthene indoor/outdoor finish. Awesome ornaments for the Christmas tree or someone’s collection.
Painted and Pine cone Church Design by Karen Wilson Front View – Karen designed this church from a martin type gourd. The roof of the church is made from pinecone pieces. Acrylics are used to paint the stained glass windows. A wooden cross is on top.
Back door Church painted and pinecone design – This is the back door of the painted and pinecone designed church by Karen Wilson. Paul B. Wilson made it into a wonderful wren birdhouse. A perfect church for our little birds to enjoy. Polyurethane finish was applied by brush with two coats.
Mini Bottle Gourd Snowmen ornaments, and strawberries – Snowmen Ornaments and strawberry ornaments are acrylic painted by Karen Wilson.
Teddy Bear Soldier- Dipper Gourd – Acrylic painted teddy bear design Christmas soldier by Karen Wilson
Bottle Snowman by Karen Wilson – This is a medium size bottle gourd piece made into a snowman with a nice hat and scarf. It is perfect to sit on a table or vanity in the dining room or living room. A fun design to paint with acrylics by Karen M. Wilson. Polyurethane indoor/outdoor finish was applied.
Long handle snowman 2011 – This snowman has a wonderfully metallic painted hat by Karen Wilson in 2011. Paul B. Wilson then applied with a brush two coats of indoor/outdoor polyurethane finish. An awesome snowman for the snowman collector!!! Karen also did a long handle snowman piece similar but with a wooden nose similar to the Christmas Santa luminary style Santa.
Greek Santa Claus – The dipper gourd Santa took on a Greek empire look upon completion due to the curly white hair Santa is wearing. It was fun to do. Design by Karen Wilson and was painted with acrylics and brushed on polyurethane finish.
Mini bottle snowmen ornaments – These were fun for Karen Wilson to do. All have been painted with acrylic paints and some have metallic acrylic paints on the hats too. All have two coats of brushed on polyurethane finish. A fun design to do.
Curved long handle Santa Claus 2011 – This is a curved long handle that Karen Wilson made into a Santa Claus gourd ornament. Santa’s nose is a wood knob. All of Santa is painted by Karen Wilson with acrylics. Polyurethane finish is then brushed on with two coats. An usual piece for the Santa Collector.
Polymer Clay Mini gourd Santa- Wilsons Gourds – Karen enjoyed making minature santa claus ornaments in 2011 with polymer clay she baked in the overn. She then painted the Santa’s with acrylics and sometimes event metallic acrylic paints. Paul B. Wilson then hand brushed all the ornaments with an indoor/outdoor polyurthene finish. Just right for the Christmas tree.
Polymer Clay/ Acrylic painted Gingerbread Man birdhouse
Heavenly Angels ornaments 2011 – Karen and Paul B. Wilson enjoyed these ornaments. Karen did the sculpting with polymer clay baked in the oven on the mini bottle gourds, then she used various types of acrylics some were metallic and pearl type white to paint the angels. Paul B. then painted on the angelic face and hand coated all the angel ornaments with a polyurethane indoor/outdoor finish with a brush with two coats. They sure are heavenly!!!
Stenciled type angel design gourd – These angels are acrylic painted and a stencil design was used and filled in by Karen Wilson. Karen has quite a collection of angels and loves to make gourd designs with angels. Some are birdhouses too. Polyurethane finish is on all the pieces brushed on two coats.
Fancy Christmas Angel – This angel was acrylic painted with feather wings attached to a bottle shape gourd. A gold pipe cleaner was attached for the angel’s halo. The design is by Karen Wilson Polyurethane finish is brushed on the gourd with 2 applications.
Donated angel gourd – This is a donated gourd to Helping Hands by Karen Wilson. Karen designed the angel to look like the chairman of this organization. it is a worthwhile cause to help the senior citizens have homegrown food on their tables.
Red Christmas Angel 2005 – This is a dated Christmas angel design Karen Wilson did. The bottle gourd is acrylic painted. The wings our feather designs and halo is a pipecleaner. In all a wonderful piece to share as a gift for Christmas 2005.
Beautiful wood burned church container – This large gourd was woodburned with a 950 degree woodburning tool by Karen Wilson. It was made into a container by Paul B. Wilson. This piece has two hand brushed coats of polyurethane finish on it.
Woodburned and stained poinsettia gourd Back view of Bushel Gourd – This huge gourd was woodburned then stained and coated with two coats of hand brushed polyurethane finish. Karen Wilson created this piece.
Carved, wood burned, and stained Poinsettia bowl – This is one of our extra large dipper gourds in which we design a poinsetta them to make it into a bowl. Paul B. Wilson carved the design out that Karen Wilson designed. Karen then proceded to woodburn and stain the poinsetta flowers. In all a wonderful piece to design. Polyurethane finish was brushed on.
Beautiful woodburned church container – This large gourd was woodburned with a 950 degree woodburning tool by Karen Wilson. It was made into a container by Paul B. Wilson. This piece has two hand brushed coats of polyurethane finish on it.
Fancy Christmas Mini Bottle Ornaments – Here are some of Wilsons Gourds fancier ornaments. The Santa Claus and Angel mini bottles are made with polymer clay baked in the oven then painted with acrylics with two coats hand applied polyurethane finish. The mini bottle snowman is acrylic painted with a plastic type hat added to enhance it. We enjoyed making these ornaments. We used various metallic paints also on our angel to give it a heavenly affect.