To me, there’s nothing better than biting into fresh, juicy watermelon on a hot summer day. To Sam, my picky little eater, there’s nothing less enjoyable. Sigh. What he does love? Crafts! So…why not combine the two and look for fun summer watermelon crafts that kids will love?!
I’ve gathered together some of my favorites for inspiration including an adorable watermelon garland, watermelon bowl, watermelon-themed windsock, watermelon play dough, ice paint and slime as well as a super cool erupting watermelon. I’ve also added projects to the list that I might tackle as well, including a watermelon painted mason jar, DIY watermelon serving tray, cute scented candles and a stamped watermelon-themed doormat.
While Sam and I don’t agree on whether watermelon is one of the great symbols of summer, we both agree that we love everything on this list!
- You’ll love these Great Summer Crafts for Kids!
1. Printable Watermelon Garland
From I Heart Naptime
Watermelon is all the rage these days, so what better time to create cute and printable watermelon doily garlands to decorate your next cookout or barbecue! It takes no time at all to make. Fold a bunch of paper doilies in half, hook the folded printable watermelons overtop, and then string twine between each one. It is the perfect piece of décor for any outdoor summer party.
2. Watermelon Mason Jars
Fun fruit inspired mason jars are perfect to use at picnics, cookouts, and just about anywhere else during the summer time. They are painted with bright pink paint, tiny black seeds, and topped with a bow of lime green ribbon. They add a nice pop of color to your kitchen counter when holding cutlery and would also make a great holder for citronella candles.
3. Stamped Watermelon Doormat
From Dream Green DIY via eHow
With so much of our time being spent outdoors in the summer time, I’m finding myself drawn more and more to exterior DIY projects. This adorable DIT sponge-painted welcome mat is perfect for the summer, with happy little watermelons painted all over. It all starts with a budget-friendly natural straw mat picked up from the local hardware store and some acrylic paint. You can finish this project in less than an hour and it looks so cute on the front porch!
4. Puffy Paint Watermelon Craft
From Crafty Morning
The perfect summer craft for kids to make are these puffy paint watermelons from Crafty Morning! They are fun and easy to make with kids, especially because they get the chance to get a little messy. The paint itself only needs three ingredients to make, and has such a fun texture and color. We love puffy paint crafts and this is one of our favorites.
5. Paper Mache Watermelon Bowl
From Handmade Kids Art
Here is a fantastic summer twist on a classic paper craft, papier mache! Build a three-dimensional piece of art with simple instructions to make a sweet watermelon paper bowl craft. The process can been a little lengthy, but it is a fun weekend project that the kids are sure to be completely engaged in. The final product is a cute little bowl that will brighten up your summer décor.
6. Watermelon Play Dough
When I think of summer I think of watermelon. There are so many fun watermelon activities you can do with your children that involve hands-on learning, sensory exploration, art, and fun! This post is full of great ideas, but my personal favorite is this watermelon playdough. Make a wonderful batch of watermelon playdough by dyeing your favorite play dough recipe pink and exploring with harvested watermelon seed.
7. Watermelon Pinata
From Color Me Meg
Pinatas are always the best part of any outdoor summer celebration, and this DIY watermelon piñata definitely does not disappoint. It looks super fun and colorful hung up in your backyard and it is surprisingly easy to make yourself. All you need is a cardboard box or two, scotch tape, and assorted colors of crepe paper. Don’t forget to fill it with loads of your favorite sweet treats!
8. Watermelon Handprint Craft
From Crystal and Co.
W is for watermelon! Part of a handprint alphabet series, this watermelon handprint craft is perfecting for pairing with your alphabet lesson or creating just for fun. Paint your toddler’s hand with mostly pink paint with the addition of one green stripe and one white stripe. Once printed, add a few black paint seeds to transform it into a fun watermelon.
9. Watermelon Slime Recipe
Slime is always such a fun sensory experience for kids, and making it yourselves adds a whole new level of fun. This watermelon scented slime is perfect for summer or anytime you need a summertime pick me up! To make the watermelon slime you only need a few simple ingredients as well as some green pompoms or even real harvested watermelon seeds. After all that kneading the whole room will smell watermelon-y!
10. DIY Watermelon Serving Tray
Transform an unfinished wooden circle available at most home improvement stores into an adorable watermelon serving tray perfect for any backyard summer party with this simple DIY. All you need to recreate this wonderful watermelon project is some acrylic paint, shellac, and two handles from the hardware store. It’s a bright and fun serving tray that you can use all summer long.
11. Watermelon Ice Paint
12. DIY Watermelon Candles
Votive candles are fun to make and you can kick them up a notch by creating a scent specific design – watermelons! These candles are delightful to use for summer celebrations or summer backyard oasis’s all summer long and will certainly show off your creativity. It’s made using a brilliant and easy layering technique that creates bands of green, white, and pink.
13. Erupting Watermelons
It’s no secret that kids love making eruptions, and vinegar free eruptions are all the better since they don’t smell so harsh. These summer fun watermelon eruptions smell incredible and leave a whole watermelon to gobble up afterwards. Empty out the fruity part of the watermelon and then fill it with the perfect mix of baking soda, dish soap, and watermelon Kool Aid. They fizzle and sizzle making a fun summertime activity.
14. Easy Watermelon Windsock
From Simmworks Family Blog
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