Tuesday, August 3, 2021

DIY: Mickey Watermelon Decor

It's no secret that Eliot and I have been crazy busy with our businesses lately.  I haven't taken much time for myself and I've been stressed about being behind our projected timeline with our orders.  I had a little bit of time to kill this afternoon while I was at a standstill waiting for stuff to print.  I decided that I wanted some me time to make a quick craft project.  Since today is National Watermelon Day, I thought that this little watermelon project was perfect!  It was quick, fun and a nice little break!

It's been a long time since I did a DIY tutorial.  (I think my last one was my Olaf Winter Snow Sign back in December of 2016.)  In fact, it's been a while since I allowed myself to work on a crafting project that didn't have to do with our businesses.  I've started a few things here and there, but I haven't made time to complete them.

Eliot and I bought this watermelon slice sign decoration at the Christmas Tree Shop last year when it was on clearance at the end of summer.  I thought it would make a cute little decoration if I spruced it up a bit.  We like bright and bold colors, so I thought I'd give it a magical makeover!  I love how it turned out!  Here's how I did it!


  • Watermelon Slice Decor (or wood/MDF half circle from the craft store)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Lime and Pink Acrylic Paint
  • White and Green Acrylic Paint (or Paint Pens)
  • Black Mickey Seeds and Glue (or many other things- see #5 below)
  • Acrylic Sealant Spray

1.) Paint A Base Coat
For my base coat, I freehanded the lime over the existing green.  Then, I painted the pink over the existing pink.  In some places, the pink and lime paint touch but that's ok!

2.) Paint More Layers
For my watermelon design, I painted a bunch of coats of lime and pink until the existing design was no longer visible.  I probably could have avoided this if I'd spray painted the entire thing with primer first.  But acrylic paint dries pretty quickly so I set a timer for 10 minutes in between coats and jammed out to Disney Hits on Sirius while I waited.

3.) Add White and Green Details
Once you are happy with the coverage of pink and lime paint, you need to add the details.  For the white, I used a small paint brush to paint a white line between the pink and the lime to represent the rind.  I just freehanded it, but you could draw a light pencil line as a guide if you want.  For the green, I decided to paint the edges of the front and sides so it would look like the outside of a real watermelon with the outer skin.  

You could also use a paint pen for the white and green if you have them.  (I would have used them for this but I didn't have any on hand.)  If you need to, make any touch ups to your pink and lime sections.  Let the entire thing dry for a while since you want to make sure that it's completely dry before you move to the next step.

4.) Seal the Paint
Once your acrylic paint is dry, you want to seal it.  Acrylic paint can get damaged with water, so you want to give it a spray of acrylic paint sealant to make sure that it doesn't get damaged.  I gave it one coat of sealant since my decoration is staying inside.  If you're using it outside, I'd give it 2-3 coats of sealant to protect it from the elements.

5.) Add Mickey Seeds
Finally, I glued my black Mickey seeds to the design in a scattered pattern.  I used our 3D printer to create small Mickey seeds, but you can also use vinyl and a Mickey paper punch, or find black Mickey stickers.  Or you could use black rhinestones, beads or pearls!  If you can't find those, break out a black paint pen or puffy paint and use that- just use your imagination!  You could even add text if you want to!

Isn't this watermelon decoration adorable?  I love the little Mickey seeds on it.  I'm so glad that I took a few minutes for myself this afternoon!  I really need to start doing this more often.  It was so nice to work on a little project and have it finished in one sitting!  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  If you make one, please comment below, send me pictures over on Facebook or tag me in your photos on Instagram

HappNationaWatermeloDay!!!  °o°

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