DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray

I tagged along with Nole for this year’s National Stationery Show, and there was no denying that the fruit-of-the-moment for graphic designers, illustrators, and stationers is pineapple. However, we ventured to guess that the next big fruit is watermelon, so when I got back home I couldn’t resist whipping up a watermelon-themed DIY perfect for summer entertaining. Today, we’re transforming an unfinished wooden circle available at most home improvement stores into an adorable serving tray worthy of any backyard party!  – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Materials
unfinished pine circle
craft paints in green, pinkish-red, and black
shellac
paint brushes
2 handles
electric drill

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Step One: Paint the entire top of the wooden circle with the pinkish-red paint. It may require two to three coats to fully cover the woodgrain.

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Step Two: Paint about 3/4″ of green all the way around the top in green. Also paint the edge and bottom in green.

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Step Three: Use a pointed-tip brush to paint black seeds throughout.

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Step Four: Once the paint has fully dried, make sure the tray is free of any dust, and apply a coat of shellac to the entire tray. This will protect the painted surface and give it a nice shine.

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Step Five: Put on the finishing touches by using an electric drill and screwdriver to install a couple of handles opposite one another.

Enjoy all summer!

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper