***Every year, this post surges in popularity. I’m so glad, because it means I’m not the only one who starts dreaming of fall early in September. Living in SoCal, we don’t really experience fall, but it’s fun to pretend. 🙂 I will say that this little trick to help you preserve pumpkins and gourds really works. Last year I bought two batches of gourds and I failed to treat one of them with the bath. It lasted about two weeks and then got all nasty and mushy all over my mantel. Ick! So give your gourds a nice bath to preserve them and enjoy them all season!***
Thanks to Pinterest, I’m really enjoying this time of year. I saw this pin about how to make your gourds and pumpkins last longer and look prettier. I was in such a hurry to get Fall started that I purchased my pumpkins the day they showed up in the stores, so I’m afraid they won’t last the whole season. (Especially because I keep up my Fall decor until the day after Thanksgiving, when the Christmas decorations go up.) So I’m using this little trick to preserve pumpkins and other decorative gourds! (affiliate links included)
Preserve Pumpkins and Decorative Gourds:
1) Give your pumpkins a bath in 10 parts water to 1 part bleach
|Soak them stem side down to keep them from bobbing up out of the water|
2) After letting them sit for 10 minutes or so, dry them off and then buff with Vaseline and a soft cloth to make them shiny.
|See how pretty they are now?|
While I was letting them soak, I cleaned my stove grates that had been sitting overnight in a baggie with some ammonia. I’ve done this once before, with great results. It was successful once again, and hands down, the easiest way to get the grime off your burner grates.
Oh, and one more thing! (I guess I was feeling productive today.) I have a cute little candy dish that I pull out for Fall, but somehow the M&M’s never made it to the dish. So to avoid that happening again, I filled the plate with pinto beans and placed three Party Lite pumpkin spice votives inside. Voila! A cute little table top decoration for my living room!
Get the look:
Are you ready for Fall? What kinds of decorating do you like to do when the seasons change?