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DIY Watermelon Medallion Banner

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Nothing says summer like watermelon! Learn how to make this festive watermelon banner for your next summer party. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to paint your own banner.

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Watermelon banner made from paper rosettes.

Hello Crafty Friends! Nothing says summertime like watermelon! This Watermelon Medallion Banner was so fun to make and the best part is how cool and refreshing it looks – especially on a hot day like today!

I have been experimenting lately with painting on paper before turning it into a medallion. I tried this technique out before on my Fourth of July Medallion wreath I posted about last week. This watermelon banner was similar, except I used watercolor paper and painted simple horizontal stripes with watercolor paint. The effect once the paper was folded was perfect!

Watermelon paper medallion hand painted with watercolor paint.

I first got the idea to make a watermelon banner after coming across a cookie video from SweetAmbs showing how to make watermelon cookies. Ambers cookies are so beautiful they inspired me to try making watermelons from paper!

Watermelon paper medallions lay next to a scoring board.

DIY Watermelon Medallion Banner

Video Tutorial

Supplies Needed

Painting the Watermelons

Step One: Start by cutting your watercolor paper into 2″ strips. I used large sheets of watercolor paper so each of my strips was 20″ wide and was enough to make one medallion. I cut 7 strips of paper to make 7 medallions. If you are using watercolor paper from a smaller pad, cut two strips of paper for each medallion so they will be long enough.

I made 4 “inside watermelon” medallions and 4 “outside watermelon” medallions that were then strung together to make a fun banner!

For the “inside watermelon” medallions, start by painting the bottom half of each paper strip with the pink watercolor. Paint the top of the paper with light green, leaving a space of white in between the green and pink. Add dark green paint along the very top of the paper in a thin line.

The bottom of a strip of watercolor paper is painted pink with watercolor paint.

Light green watercolor paint is added to the top third of the watercolor paper strip.

A thin strip of dark green paint is added to the top edge of the paper strip.

For the “outside watermelon” medallions, paint the entire strip of paper light green and then sporadically add horizontal stripes of dark green.

A strip of watercolor paper is painted light green.

Streaks of darker green are added to the strip of paper, mixing with the light green watercolor.

Below are my strips of paper all painted and ready to be turned into medallions!

Strips of watercolor paper lay on a table to dry; some are painted all green and others are pink and green.

How to Form the Watermelon Medallions

To turn the strips of paper into medallions, start by scoring the paper every 1/2″. I love using a scoring board and stylus because it goes super fast and it creates nice crisp folds. Below you can see my Martha Stewart scoring board, they have discontinued this one but I love this larger scoring board from EK Tools

The strip of pink and green paper is scored on a scoring board with a stylus tool.

A strip of green painted paper is scored on a scoring board with a scoring stylus.

After scoring the paper, accordion-fold it!

The strips of paper are accordion folded.

Strips of paper, accordion folded, are lined up on a table top.Add watermelon seeds with a thin black marker. I waited to do this until after I had accordion-folded my strips of paper so that I could make sure none of my seeds ended up on the top of the folds. 

A black marker adds seeds to the pink area of the accordion-folded strip of paper.

Cut small squares of green paper, about 1″ x 1″. Glue the ends of each accordion strip together, creating a tube. Squeeze hot glue onto a green square. Then position the accordion-folded strip over the center of the green square. Push the tube down onto the glue square. Hold it in place until glue is dry.

Square pieces of green paper lay next to accordion strips of paper.

The strips of accordion paper are turned into loops.

Watermelon medallions; some look like the inside of the watermelon and other's like the outside rind.

Create the Banner

If you plan to turn the medallions into a banner, poke two holes in the top. I used the pointy end of my stylus. Thread ribbon through the holes and your banner is complete!

Watermelon paper medallion hand painted with watercolor paint.

DIY Watermelon Medallion Banner

We have this banner on our mantle and it is so cheerful and refreshing! Try making my Watermelon Summer Welcome Sign to go with this watermelon banner – they look super sweet together. You can also check out my Summer Craft section for more fun project tutorials. 

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