Create a fun watermelon hello sign for summer! Perfect for hanging on your door or decorating inside your home. No need for a fancy stencil – I’ll show you how to create the wording using the pencil transfer method!
Hello Crafty Friends! 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.
This wooden sign 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 the colors, so it’s perfect for summertime crafting :)
DIY Watermelon Summer Wood Sign
- Round wooden plaque (I found mine at a local craft store)
- Acrylic paint – Dark green, light green, white, pink and black
- If you are making this for outdoors, I recommend Deco Art Patio Paint. Your local craft stores may carry more colors!
- Paint brushes
- Pencil and printer paper
- Black Mini Pom-Pom trim (this Pom Pom trim on Amazon look similar)
- Small piece of ribbon for hanging
- Hot glue
Step One: Paint the plaque.
Start by painting the entire wood plaque pink. I mixed red and pink acrylic paint together to get the right shade of “watermelon pink”. If your plaque has slats like mine, make sure to paint in between each slat.
After the pink paint 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: Use the pencil-transfer method to add the wording.
To create the “Hello Summer” message on the front of the plaque, I chose to print a template and use the 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 touching the sign. Add a little tape to hold it in place. Trace the letters with pencil, then remove the paper. You will see a light outline of your message where the pencil lead was transferred.
Carefully go over the transferred message with black paint and a small paintbrush.
While your black paint is out, don’t forget to add watermelon seeds around the painted message.
Step Three: Add a cute pom-pom border!
The last step is adding pom-pom trim around the wood sign. This is completely optional, but I love how it finishes the sign. I used hot glue and started at the bottom of the sign. .
Step Five: Add a hanging loop!
The last step is to add a hanging loop using ribbon and hot glue.
The watermelon sign is finished! Use it as a summer wreath, party decor for a watermelon-themed party or on your mantle – wherever you need a little summer cheer! I hung our watermelon sign on our door but has since 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! :)
Don’t forget to check out my DIY Watermelon Banner! It goes so well with this sign. You can also view my other Summer Craft Activities for more project ideas perfect for summer. :)