Watermelon Utensil Holder Tutorial

WATERMELON UTENSIL HOLDER TUTORIAL

Easy DIY Tutorial Craft Project

  Today I am sharing a tutorial for a diy painted watermelon utensil holder made from a glass mason jar.  I love creative ideas for displaying my utensils and cutlery at a summer barbecue or party.  This easy to make watermelon utensil holder is perfect for a summer get together or if you are planning a watermelon themed party!  Be sure to check out all my previous posts here on the blog for  – WATERMELON PARTIES!

Feel free to stop by and browse my Etsy shop for all your summertime party decorations too – The Party Fetti Shop

Let’s get started with making these fun utensil holders.  Gather your supplies.  I’ve made it easy for you to order online- simply click on the supplies below.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00CNHCDR6″ locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Mason jar[/easyazon_link]
[amazon_textlink asin=’B0018N6IPY’ text=’Red paint’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ymazonffiliac-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’da0446d6-8421-11e7-83f9-a528f843cdde’] (use multi-surface or glass paint)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B0018NBUPC” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Black paint[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B001145964″ locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Light green paint[/easyazon_link]
[amazon_textlink asin=’B000XZXPT0′ text=’Darker green paint’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ymazonffiliac-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’275362d9-8422-11e7-8119-d7f0964284b9′]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000XZVP24″ locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]White paint[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B017M01UFE” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Paint brushes[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00WHXQIJA” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Jute twine[/easyazon_link]

Once you have everything you need to get started, lay down some newspaper to protect your table or work area where you will be painting.

First, wipe down your jar or jars with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils from fingerprints and any dirt.  Allow to dry for about ten minutes.

Start by painting the lower part or the bottom of the jar with your lighter green paint and allow to dry. Add a second coat when dry.

Paint the top of the jar with red paint. Paint a second coat of red when dry.

After your initial two coats in each color are dry, paint snake-like curvy lines in a vertical direction on your lower green section to create the appearance of the watermelon rind.  Don’t be concerned with how even these two colors are at the middle because you are going to paint over the meetup point of the two colors on the jar which will therefore clean it up.

Next, divide your red and green painted sections on the jar by painting a nice even and straight line with your white paint.

Add a few watermelon seeds to the top red area in a random pattern.  TIP: Rather than painting the seeds by hand, I prefer to use the bottom handle of my paint brush to make the seeds. Just dip the pointed end of your brush into the black paint and simply add a round dot.  Then, immediately, before your dot dries, flip your brush and pull the dot out to a teardrop shape with the tip of your brush.  As a result, this is much easier than trying paint on a perfect seed shape.

Finally, allow your painted jar to dry for a few hours.  Add your jute twine bow at the neck of your jar. Next, fill it up with your forks, spoons and knives.  Now you are ready to serve your guests.

These are so adorable for any summertime gathering!

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Watermelon Cake Recipe

WATERMELON CAKE RECIPE

Watermelon Cake Recipe

Summer and watermelon go together like cake and birthdays. . . so why not have all four!? Time to bake a summertime sweet dessert.  Watermelon puree and Jell-O give this cake the perfect flavor.  The frosting looks just like a sliced watermelon but is yummy too.

Watermelon Cake 1

Let’s get to baking and the cake recipe-

Ingredients

    Watermelon Cake

    • 1 box white cake mix
    • 1 (3 oz.) box of watermelon Jell-O powder (reserve 2 teaspoons for frosting)
    • 1/2 cup watermelon puree
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
    • red food coloring

    Watermelon Cream Cheese Frosting

    • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
    • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 2 teaspoons watermelon puree
    • 2 teaspoons watermelon Jell-O powder
    • red and green food coloring

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of 2 eight inch round pans with wax paper, and spray or grease the sides with cooking oil.
    To make the watermelon puree: Cut chunks from the center of a fresh watermelon and remove any seeds. Place them in a blender and puree.  Set aside.
    In a large bowl, combine cake mix and Jell-O.  Add water and oil; mix on medium speed with a mixer.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.  Add in the watermelon puree and beat until blended.  Finally, add red food coloring a drop at a time, until you reach the desired color.
    Before adding your chocolate chips- coat them with a small amount of flour – this keeps them from sinking in your cake while it bakes.  Place chocolate chips and a teaspoon of flour in a ziploc bag; shake to coat.
    Fold the chocolate chips into the batter. Pour into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.
    In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter together. Beat in watermelon puree. Gradually add sugar and Jell-O, beating until smooth. Color 1/3 of the frosting green, color the remaining 2/3 the same color as the cake.
    Trim the brown edges off the cake before frosting it.  Use the pink frosting between the layers and on the top of the cake. Spread the green frosting on the sides and outer edge of the top of the cake. Lastly, press mini chocolate chips on the top of the cake frosting to mimic watermelon seeds.
    Watermelon Cake 3
    Now slice and eat up! YUM!
    Jill Signature

     

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    Summer Party Ideas

    SUMMER PARTIES, FREE SHIPPING & MORE!

    Today, it is all about summer party ideas!

    So is it HOT, HOT HOT out there where you are yet? If so, feel free to keep the celebration inside.  However, if you love the sunshine and don’t mind the heat, it is the perfect time of year to host an event outside.

    First, I have a big announcement!  I have added FREE SHIPPING to most items in my craft shop-  Ready Set Craft Kits

     

    Stop by the shop and get crafting!  I offer plenty of fun DIY party kits for creating your own decorations for your next party.

    If crafty is not your thing, I’m happy to custom make you anything for your party too!  Visit my other Etsy shops for more party decorating inspiration-

    PINWHEEL PRETTIES

    THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

    I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

    ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

    Now for some stunning summer party ideas that you can pull off at your summer birthday celebration, barbecue, baby shower, fundraiser, corporate event, or just about any type of summer outdoor activity.  You can’t go wrong with what is trending right now: flamingos, pineapples, unicorns, and mermaids for popular themes but why not pick a party theme that pairs perfectly with the season.  Nothing says SUMMER like watermelons, cherries, strawberries, and lemons! So here we go.

    Oh watermelons- the perfect healthy snack for a party and a wonderful theme for any birthday party in the summer.

    Cherries on top- what a fabulous setup on a rolling cart for this cherry themed party.  This cart is the perfect size if you are hosting in a small space too.  I highly recommend using what you have- a small bar cart, a dining room buffet, china cabinet, even a fun painted dresser can be a fun piece of furniture and work as a serving table at your party.

    You can’t go wrong with strawberries and ice cream in the summer and an ice cream sprinkles bar is so fun for the kids.  While Strawberry Shortcake is the commercial version, why not go with strawberries in general and at this time of year, it is easy to find an abundance of strawberry party decorations.  The ice cream party theme offers so many color options – bright rainbow or soft pastel colors pair well with this theme.

    Finally, a lemonade stand at an outdoor event would be perfect for keeping guests refreshed and yellows, pinks and white are so easy to pull off.  I love lemonade themed events paired with daisies or sunflowers for even more pop at a summer outing.  Lemonade stands are a great addition to a big barbecue, a festival, corporate employee event, and they are also popular at outdoor wedding receptions. Both kids and adults love lemonade in the summer heat.

    Thanks for stopping by The Party Fetti Blog for some summer party ideas!

     

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