Hand Painted Watermelon Bunting

Painted Paper Watermelon Bunting

I feel like I’ve missed out on the beginning part of summer. I just “woke up” and it’s mid-July! There’s so much more I want to do and celebrate while it’s still warm in New York. In the spirit of summer, I made this bright watermelon bunting.

Triangle pieces for bunting

To start, I cut triangle shapes out of thick red paper. Per usual, I designed the triangles on Photoshop and then printed cut guides to make everything easier. I try to cut off all the ink, and am mindful of which side I put on the front.

Painting watermelon pieces on paper

I thought it might be nice to have an organic fade between the darker and lighter greens of a watermelon rind, so I used acrylic paint. First I applied a stripe of the light green, about an inch from the top. Then I painted on the darker green and blended the two colors together. After I was happy with the rind colors, I painted on little seeds with black paint and a detail brush.

I really like how hand painting these made each piece unique and different. There’s no need for it to be perfect!

Painted watermelon pieces for summer bunting

I wanted to make this into a sunny fruit bunting, so I punched two holes on the top of each piece and strung some natural cord through. To keep each watermelon triangle in place, I added a small piece of tape to the back of the string.

Hand painted watermelon decoration pieces

This fun summer bunting replaced a floral one hanging behind George’s desk. I absolutely love the fun summer decoration that’s brightening up our space.

DIY watermelon bunting -- perfect for summer!

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