With summer in full swing, it was time to update our home decor for the season! I created this watermelon hello summer sign and love its cheerful and sunny vibe! It was easy to make and is a fun alternative to a traditional wreath. It also coordinates perfectly with my watermelon medallion banner I shared last week. I am loving all things watermelon right now – which is funny since I actually don’t like to eat watermelon! But my family loves watermelon and I love its look, so it’s perfect for summertime crafting :) Below is the tutorial to create your own watermelon welcome sign.
Supplies Needed for Watermelon Hello Summer Sign
- Wooden plaque
- Paint – Dark green, light green, white, pink and black
- Paint brushes
- Pom Pom trim
- Small piece of ribbon for hanging
- Hot glue gun
Step One: Start by painting the entire wooden plaque pink. I mixed red and pink acrylic paint to get the right shade of “watermelon pink”. If your plaque has slats, make sure to paint in between each slat.
After the pink has dried, paint a layer of white around the edges. I chose to let my pink dry completely so when I applied the white, I could brush it on lightly where the two colors met and you’d see faded lines of white in the wood grain. I didn’t wait for the white to completely dry before applying the light green all around the edges of the plaque.
The last color to add is a darker green, making sure to cover the sides of the plaque with the dark green as well.
Step Two: To create the “Hello Summer” message on the front of the plaque, I chose to print a template out and use a pencil-transfer method. I could have used vinyl and my Cricut, but because of the gaps between each wood slat, I thought paint would be better. I typed my message in Photoshop and scaled it to the correct size before printing it on regular printing paper.
After your message is printed, go over the back of it with pencil lead.
Lay the message onto the plaque face up, with the pencil lead down. When it is positioned the way you want, add a little tape to hold it in place. Trace the letters with pencil, then remove the paper. You’ll see a light outline of your message where the pencil lead was transferred.
Go over the lead transferred message with black paint.
While your black paint is out, don’t forget to add watermelon seeds around the painted message.
Step Three: The last step is adding pom pom trim around the plaque. This is completely optional, but I love how it finishes things off! I used hot glue and started at the bottom of the plaque.
If your sign comes with a burlap hanging loop, you can use that, or use a small piece of ribbon and some hot glue to add a new loop to the top of the sign.
The watermelon sign is finished! Use it as a wreath, party decor, on your mantle – wherever you need a little summer cheer! Ours was on our door but has been relocated to our mantle while our Fourth of July wreath is hanging up. It looks great sitting on the mantle next to some green plants, and I love having summer decorations. Sometimes it’s fun to decorate for the seasons as well as the holidays! :)