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DIY – Crafting Handmade Wooden Lemon Serving Tray

This was by far my favorite project! You can use this for serving, display in the home for decor purposes or use for parties! Lemons have always been a summer go to decor option! Now I want to craft a watermelon, orange and lime!!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 60 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
1 of Unfinished Half Circle Wooden Plaque
Acrylic paint (Lemon Yellow,Canary,and white)
Unfinished Wood Cabinet Door Handles
Scrap Cardboard
Paint Brushes
4 screws

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Let’s grab your supplies, channel your inner artist, and let’s get crafting!

Step 1:

To start, we need to determine where you’d like to drill the handles onto the plaque. Since this is intended to be a serving tray, I’ll place them on the sides.

Instead of measuring, I wanted to find a quick and easy way to mark the holes. I cut the ends off some Q-tips, placed them into the handle holes, dipped the Q-tips in paint, and then used them to mark the drilling spots. This method worked PERFECTLY! icon

Drill your holes and paint the whole thing white!

Step 2:

Once the paint has dried, use a pencil to outline the “rind,” which is the outer layer of the lemon. Begin at the middle of the drilled holes, starting from the bottom left-hand side, and draw a curved line all the way around to the other side.

Step 3:

Take a scrap piece of cardboard and cut out a rounded pizza slice shape. This will serve as your stencil for tracing the lemon slices.

Draw lightly, as you’ll need to come back and slightly erase the pencil markings later to ensure they don’t show through the yellow paint.

Step 5:

You will then take your lemon paint from Apple Barrel Paint and this will be the ‘rind’ color- The curved line you drew around the plaque.

Come in with your lighter color yellow. In this case, i used canary by Apple Barrel Paint. This will be the color of your lemon slices inside.

Step 6:

Once the paint is completely dry, take a piece of napkin or paper towel, crumple it slightly, and dip it into a mixture of light yellow and white paint (using more white than yellow). Dab off the excess paint, then gently dab the ‘gloss’ lines onto the lemon slices. This will add contrast and make the lemon slices stand out.

I left the handles the unfinished look. I felt if i painted them any other color, it would take away from the tray itself.

I am in awe of how this turned out! This is definitely one of my favorite projects!

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How to Make Your Own Watermelon Coasters

Give your home decor a summery touch with these vibrant watermelon coasters! With just a bit of paint, you can easily turn plain cork coasters into something festive and fun.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Round Cork Coaster Set
Acrylic paint (Fuchsia,Spring Green,Black Appleandwhite)
Mod Podge
FolkArt One Stroke Brush Set
Clear Push Pins

Let’s grab your supplies, channel your inner artist, and let’s get crafting!

Things to do:

  • Grab a push pin, string, and pencil. Start by finding the center of the coaster and securing the string around the push pin. Determine the desired radius for your first circle, then tie the string to the pencil and use it to draw the circle for the watermelon ring.
  • Next, shorten the string to create a smaller radius and draw your second circle.

Here you will then grab your green paint and paint in the outermost circle for the “watermelon rind”

Next, grab your white pain and color in the second circle you had created. This is the lighter area of your “watermelon rind”

Lastly, grab your pink patin. This will be the color of the innermost circle of your coaster to create the watermelon part.

Here starts the fun part, creating the seeds.

Now at first i was trying to figure out a way to quickly paint them on with a paint brush but i figured that was going to take to long. Then i figured my handy dandy Q-tips could help. Sure enough, they worked PERFECTLY.

Take a Q-tip and dip it into the black paint, then dab off the excess before applying it to the coaster. Press the Q-tip at a slight angle to achieve the perfect “teardrop seed” look.

Lastly, you will grab your Mod Podge and cover and seal your coaster.

How cute did these turn out? I am just loving the melon theme coasters and looking to make more citrus themed next!

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