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DIY Wooden Watermelon Slice Decorations

Nothing says summer like watermelon! These giant wooden watermelon slices will give your home a fun pop, and are easy to make with scrap wood.

giant wooden watermelon slices

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...

giant wooden Conversation hearts

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

giant wooden lemon and lime slices

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

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Materials Needed

How to Make Wooden Watermelon Slices

Cut the wood to a manageable size

I started by digging through my scrap pile for those oddly shaped, wide pieces of lumber. I used 2x12 pieces, but you could cut down a 1x10, 2x10 or even plywood for this project. Each piece should be at least 9"x12".

bin full of scrap wood

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

Cut or draw a template

You can draw out these simple watermelon slices yourself, but 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!

screenshot of watermelon slice stencil file in Silhouette Store

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.

watermelon slice stencil file in Silhouette Studio

Cut the design out of cheap cardstock, and trace each piece onto your board. You could also replicate this design freehand if you don't have a cutting machine like this one.

paper watermelon slice stencil on wooden board

Cut out the wooden watermelon slices

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.

Dremel with sanding attachment

Paint the watermelon slice

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.

painting the rind of the wooden watermelon slice

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.

painting the seeds on the wooden watermelon slice

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

painted wooden watermelon slices

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!

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


Friday 10th of August 2018

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


Wednesday 8th of August 2018

These are so adorable.

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

Monday 6th of August 2018

Very fun and perfect as summery home decor!


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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