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DIY Giant Watermelon Decor

Nothing screams summer quite like watermelon! These giant watermelon decor pieces will give your home a fun pop of color, and are easy to make with scrap wood.

Bring a pop of color to your home for summer with watermelon decor! These fun decorations are easy to make with scrap wood. Get the tutorial at The Handyman's Daughter! | fruit decor | summer decor | summer home decor | summer decorations

One of my favorite ways to use up chunky wood scraps is to create oversize seasonal decorations. So far, I've made huge Conversation Hearts for Valentine's Day...

Oversize conversation hearts are the perfect decoration for Valentine's Day!

and enormous lemon and lime slices perfect for a lemonade stand or drink station.

These giant lemon and lime slices are the perfect decor for a drink stand!

Now I'm going to add some watermelon decor to the collection!

Materials Needed for Watermelon Decor

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Instructions

Start by digging through your scrap pile for those oddly shaped, wide pieces of lumber. I used 2 x 12's, but you could use 1 x 10's, 2 x 10's or even plywood for this project.

Sand down the faces of your piece, and try to find a section with minimal knots.

Since my drawing ability is limited to stick figures, I had my Silhouette machine cut a stencil for me. Simple designs work best when making these oversize pieces, so I chose this watermelon cut file. Love the bite taken out of the half-circle slice!

If you can't draw well, make a watermelon decor stencil with a Silhouette machine.

Enlarge all the pieces so they'll fit on your wood scrap. Make sure all the curves stay in proportion to each other by keeping them aligned on your screen.

Create your watermelon decor pieces using the trace feature of your Silhouette machine.

Cut the design out of cheap cardstock, and trace each piece onto your board.

Trace the stencil onto your board to get the overall shape of the watermelon decor.

Cut the outside edge of each shape out with your jigsaw. Sand down the sides and round over the sharp edges. I used my Dremel with a sanding drum attachment to get into those bite marks.

Use a Dremel with a sanding drum attachment to get into the bite marks of your watermelon decor.

Now, we paint! To give the green rind a mottled appearance, I used random, short strokes and only used one coat of paint. That let some of the light wood color show through to resemble the yellow parts of the watermelon.

Paint the rind of the watermelon decor with short strokes that let some of the wood color show through.

Let each color dry before starting the next to avoid color blending. I thought about letting the green and red to bleed into the white like a real watermelon, but decided to go with a crisp line instead.

Finally, paint in the black seeds with a small craft brush.

Paint the seeds onto your watermelon decor with a small craft brush.

Once the paint is dry, they're ready to display!

These watermelon slices bring a fun pop of color to your summer decor! Get the tutorial at The Handyman's Daughter.

These watermelon slices fit comfortably on my narrow fireplace mantel, and pair perfectly with the lemon and lime already on display.

What other fun shapes should I make with these chunky wood scraps? I'm already thinking of a maple leaf design for fall!

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Bring a pop of color to your home for summer with watermelon decor! These fun decorations are easy to make with scrap wood. Get the tutorial at The Handyman's Daughter! | fruit decor | summer decor | summer home decor | summer decorations

Jann Olson

Monday 13th of August 2018

Very cute! I have watermelon décor out in my kitchen right now. I have a couple of watermelon wedges. We cut them from trees, so the are more rustic. Thanks for sharing with SYC. hugs, Jann

Kristen

Friday 10th of August 2018

These look so cool! Wishing I had the materials and tools to make one myself right now.

Debrashoppeno5

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

These are so adorable.

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

Monday 6th of August 2018

Very fun and perfect as summery home decor!

Flo

Saturday 26th of May 2018

I love your watermelon designs, Can't wait to sea your maple leaves etc.

I love to do things such as this, and am just getting started. I have very little in tools, so I'll probably have difficulty doing some things but I'm going to try. Thanks for getting me going.

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