How to Preserve Decorative Pumpkins & Gourds

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Every Autumn I like to purchase a bunch of decorative pumpkins and gourds to display around the house.   I place them in baskets, in glass jars and anywhere else I can think of.   Sometimes they last the whole season and sometimes they don’t.  This year I decided that I was going to try and learn how to preserve decorative pumpkins and gourds.

First I filled my sink half way with warm water and added 1/3 cup of bleach and then added the pumpkins.

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Then with an old, soft tooth brush and a little bit of dish soap I gently scrubbed each one.  After I was finished scrubbing I dunked them in the bleach water and turned them upside down so I would know which ones were already scrubbed.pumpkin perservingLet your pumpkins and gourds bathe in this water for 15 minutes.  Cleaning them like this helps remove any spores or bacteria that would cause them to rot quickly.  Take them out and let them dry thoroughly on a towel.  

pumpkin preserving 4If you would like to add shine to your pumpkins you can add a quick coat of clear spray paint or you can buff them with a little bit of vaseline and a soft cloth.  I prefer to have mine in their natural, matte state.  I think they look beautiful and I can’t wait to enjoy them all season long.

Once you are done washing the pumpkins.  Use the left over water in the sink and the toothbrush to scour your sink to a nice shine.  The toothbrush helps you get into all the little crevices around the faucet.  You get a two for one cleaning deal!  Clean pumpkins and a clean sink!


How to preserve decorative pumpkins and gourds.


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    Wow How creative, I would have never thought to have preserved them! Brilliant, because I am the same way i love them but they don’t always last as long as I think they should or would like them to!!

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    I’ve always wanted to make my little pumpkins and gourds last. It’s usually hit or miss with me, but i’ll definitely be trying out what you recommended! Hopefully I’ll have more luck this year!

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    What a great idea! I hate when pumpkins go bad – but they’re so cute, I always want to take the risk! This is a great way to display them and keep them going a bit longer :)

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