Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

From crafty to boozy, celebrate National Watermelon Day with these juicy takes on the best fruit summer has to offer.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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).

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On

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.

Watermelon DIYs to Feast On
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