Painting Fall Gourds

I love having a ton of these big gourds in the fall; but they can be very pricey. Here is a trick I learned many years ago. After the season is over, I leave them in the garage until the following year. They have dried by that time, and so I paint them to their original color and seal them with poly acrylic. Some of the gourds in this basket are over 10 years old!