One year I planted some gourd seeds with the hopes of drying the gourds and using them for some different crafts. I didn't get nearly as many gourds as I was hoping for. This might have been a good thing, because I got busy and never dried them.
I ended up just using them as they were for fall decorations. They lasted like this for a couple of months, but then they started to rot. I have always been fascinated with some of the gourd art I have seen at difference craft fairs and art stands.
Some of the gourds I have seen painted are quite elaborate and very well done. I don't have that much talent, but thought it would be a fun project to do with my kids. I might try planting them again, or I may just buy some that somebody else has planted and go from there.
Drying gourds isn't really a hard or complicated process, it just takes a little bit of time and patience.