From crafty to boozy, celebrate National Watermelon Day with these juicy takes on the best fruit summer has to offer.
1. Stamped Doormat
This project offers the trifecta of a DIY dream: cheap, fun, and cute. You’ll feel like a kid in art class all over again as you dip sponges into paint and stamp to your heart’s content.
2. Watermelon Dress
Our idea of the perfect summer dress is one that’s breezy and unique. This one gets a refreshing spin with a three-tone dye to resemble the honorary fruit, complete with seeds that you won’t have to spit out.
3. Anthropologie Clutch Hack
Choosing between spending $198 and $15 is a no-brainer. What’s also a no-brainer is the act of making this cute clutch. Even your most uninspired outfit will get a dose of character with this accessory.
4. Watermelon Lime Pops
Quench your thirst with these watermelon popsicles made even healthier with lime juice and coconut water. Akin to a frozen agua fresca, you won’t be able to stop at one.
5. Watermelon Beer Cooler
A boozy rendition of watermelon juice is the ultimate way to drink the fruit. Beer is an unexpected alcohol of choice (read: this is your chance to play up the cool, unpredictable factor). Pour it into a coupe rimmed with sugar for a highbrow effect.
6. Carved Pirate Ship
If you’re looking to wow your guests, add this watermelon pirate ship to your repertoire. It’s one of those tasks where the payoff is enormous compared to the effort you put in. Get ready for the oohs and aahs.
7. Eat It All
The vegetarian (fruitarian?) version of nose-to-tail eating, watermelon can be consumed down to its rind. So if you have an overripe one sitting in the fridge that you’ve been thinking of tossing, stop right now (because it’s sacrilege to do that on National Watermelon Day). Instead, make yourself a granita, pickle the rinds, devour on your patio, and feel better about life.
8. Frosty Watermelon Shake
Even though this fruit is over 90% water, it still packs in nutrients like vitamins A and C. So do yourself a favor and fix up this frosty shake. And then shamelessly go grab some tacos.
9. Dehydrated Watermelon
Mangoes get all the love in the dehydrated fruit aisle of the supermarket, but dehydrated watermelon definitely takes the prize for most unique. The end result is something crisp and sweet, which sounds like a fantastic snack (and it is).
10. Watermelon Boat
Pirate ship’s a bit too intricate for you? Even scalloped or saw-toothed carvings work wonderfully at adding flair to your brunch table.
11. Drunken Watermelon
If you prefer to eat your watermelon the traditional way -- that would be wedges, with juice dripping down your arms -- but with just a slight edge, you’ll love this genius trick involving your favorite alcohol.
12. Watermelon Ginger Margarita
Classics are good for a reason, but if you're gonna fix yourself a drink today, make it a special one. The slight heat from the ginger counterbalances the coolness of the watermelon in a yin yang way in this offbeat (but delicious) margarita.