Wilsons' Gourds are gourd folk artists based in Kell, Illinois. Decorative Gourds for both indoor and outdoor use.
Halloween Gourd Gallery
Extra long handle gourds – A unique way to use our longhandle gourds to create fun Halloween scarecrow designs. These were acrylic painted and designed by Karen Wilson. Polyurethane was hand brushed on them with two coats.
Fall Bowl Designs – Metallic acrylic paints were used on both bowls to create these unique bowls. Bowls are sealed with indoor/outdoor polyurethane hand brushed on two coats.
Gourd Masks designs by Paul B. and Karen Wilson and gourd shakers, Wilsons Gourds 2011 – It took us nine years, but we finally made some gourd masks this year. Paul B. Wilson made the woodburned and stained mask in the photo and Karen Wilson made the acrylic painted with gourd seeds for eyes and pine cone pieces for eyebrows masks. Both masks have leaf headdresses. They turned out beautiful and we enjoyed making them. Our music shakers were of a flower, scarecrow, pumpkin, and fish from the makanda gourds. We added seed corn to make them really fun to use. We enjoyed Halloween 2011.
Halloween Ghosts by Karen Wilson – A threesome of ghosts using medium size gourds was designed by Karen Wilson using acrylics to paint the ghosts. All are coated by hand brushing on 2 coats of polyurethane indoor/outdoor finish.
Halloween Scarecrows and Penn Dutch designs by Wilsons Gourds – The Penn Dutch designs are designed by Paul B. Wilson with acrylics paints. The scarecrow designs are designed with acrylics by Karen Wilson. All gourds have hand brushed on polyurethane finish 2 coats.
Pumpkin Scarecrows – These dipper gourds were created for Halloween decor by Karen Wilson. Both are painted with acrylics and sealed with polyurethane finish.
Pumpkin luminary – Brad Wilson once again created this unique illiminary gourd design. This was painted with acrylics and hand brushed on polyurethane finish.
Our first crow design by Wilsons Gourds, Kell, IL – Our first crow design was painted with acrylics and had black festher added to it. Later it has been dtermined that the feathers did not enhance the look of the crow and have been omitted. Most folks liked the crow without the feathers in the back. Could use it easier for outdoor use. All crows have a hand brushed on polyurethane finish 2 coats.
Later crow and scarecrow designs – Karen Wilsons designed these two gourds using acrylic paints and adding a cowboy straw hat on the scarecrow. Both have two coats of indoor/outdoor polyurethane finish hand brushed on. Can use them both indoors and outdoors for Halloween fun.
Jack o Lantern – This piece was created by our son Brad and daughter-in-law Caylee-jo. A carved out face was achieved and it became an luminary. A wonderful decoration.
3rd Place 2008 Halloween Candy Corn designed gourd by Karen Wilson – Acrylic paints were used for this Halloween tobacco box gourd design that was entered in the IL State Gourd Convention competition in 2008. A third place ribbon was achieved by Karen Wilson.
Scarecrows – The dipper gourds are scarecrow designs by Karen Wilson. Polyurethane finish was used so customers may hang them indoors or outdoors to enjoy.
Small bottle gourd scarecrow design – This scarecrow is arylic painted and sealed with polyurthene finish hand brushed on two coats. It was designed by Karen Wilson
Small Martin Gourd Woodburned witch – This piece was created by Karen Wilsn for Halloween fun. It is woodburned with a 950 degree wedge tip on a woodburning tool. Polyurethane is then brushed on two coats.
Woodburned witch design Halloween – Karen Wilson loves to use this design for Halloween on various types of gourds. She uses a stencil but fills it in with her own details to make it an usual piece. This gourd looks like a witch bowling pin. Polyurethane finish was used for sealing.