I always hate pitching the fall gourds and pumpkins once December rolls around. I've even rescued them from ending up in other people's trash cans (thanks, Glo!). It seems a shame to end their contribution to seasonal decor just because we switch color schemes and holidays, especially if they are still in good shape. I was happy to discover that a quick spritz with gold paint transforms a fall or Thanksgiving pumpkin into a Christmas decoration. My nephew did the spray painting for me this year. He ended up with as much paint on his fingers as on the gourds, but we both were happy with the effect.
Notice the gourd that is transformed into a golden pear!
And, they even perk up a Christmas package!
The only downside - my pumpkins and gourds normally end up on the compost pile, but I don't like to include them once they've been painted. So, it may not be the best use for them in the long run, but it still feels good to give them a second life!