When working with gourds I save everything but the "guts." Tops of gourds can be flipped over and fitted into candle stands for quite unusual candle holders. I do a lot of gourd bowls and like the challenge of finding a stand for the top. Usually I use a glass holder with a tea light for the candle part.
I've posted a few pieces of gourd jewelry.
It was natural for me to make gourd jewelry as I've been doing jewelry for so long. Mini gourds are good for earrings and necklaces. I design, cut, paint, and woodburn gourd pieces to collage into pins and necklaces. While I don't have any on this post the gourd seeds are a nice addition to gourd jewelry and on other pieces of gourd art and they make interesting earrings.