Watermelon is basically the unofficial mascot of the summer. It pops up in drinks, during picnics, at the pool (just look at this watermelon beach towel!), in the living room (don't pretend like you don't have a watermelon pillow on your couch!), and more.
The fruit is also all over Pinterest, featured in tons of oh-so-cute DIY craft ideas. Here are some of the best ideas out there — and how to make them during your next crafternoon.
1. Stamped Welcome Mat
Start with a simple straw mat — you should be able to find one at a hardware store for around $10! Then you'll need scissors, a sponge, and some paint. Carrie Walker, the creator of this mat and blogger behind Dream Green DIY, suggests getting sample cans of paint in an interior/exterior finish to be sure the final product will stand up to the elements. It's really that simple.
Follow the steps: Watermelon Welcome Mat at Dream Green DIY
2. Watermelon Piñata
This watermelon piñata is huge (child included for scale), but you can scale it down if you need something smaller. Follow the steps from Oh Happy Day and then be sure to fill it up with all sorts of watermelon-flavored candies.
3. Watermelon Soap
You don't need to be an expert soap maker (or even an experienced one) to pull this craft together. Heidi of Happiness Is Handmade swears it only takes 15 minutes to make a bunch of these adorable watermelon soaps. You will need a few special supplies, though.
See the steps: 15-Minute DIY Watermelon Soap at Happiness is Handmade
4. Watermelon Floppy Hat
Transform a boring old straw hat into a festive summery headpiece with a brush and some fabric-safe craft paint. Ideally, you'll have an ant-emblazoned skirt to pair with like the folks over at Studio DIY.
More: DIY Watermelon Floppy Hat at Studio DIY
5. Watermelon Drink Stirrers
Yes, these watermelon drink stirrers form Jess at Bespoke Bride are a little time-intensive. Especially if you want to make a bunch for an upcoming party. But they're sure to be a hit, which maybe makes them worth it?
See more: DIY Watermelon Drink Stirrers at Bespoke Bride
6. Watermelon Serving Tray
Mandy Pellegrin made this for Oh So Beautiful Paper with just some paint and cabinet pulls. She used a plain wooden circle, but we can also see this working on a lazy Susan — sans handles — for easy serving around a table.
Check out more photos: DIY Watermelon Serving Tray at Oh So Beautiful Paper
7. Watermelon Coasters
Another easy painting project, Jessica from Young at Heart Mommy transformed wood coasters into these fruity, rustic table protectors. Also: There's glitter!
See the steps: Wooden Watermelon Coasters at Young At Heart Mommy
8. Watermelon Serving Spoons
Serving spoons painted to look like watermelons that can scoop out watermelon pieces? So meta! Thanks, Real Housemoms, for the cheeky idea!
Get the how to: Watermelon Wooden Serving Spoons at Real Housemoms