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Piece of wood (Pine) at least 1"x 12"x 28"
NOTE: at Orchard Hardware for instance a piece of wood 1" x 12" x 4' was about $7.00. This is enough wood to make 4 baskets.
Nine(9) slats 7/16" x 1 3/8" x 8"
NOTE: Again at Orchard this piece of wood, 7/16" x 1 3/8" x 8', cost about $3.00
Acrylic Paint: Bright Red, White, Christmas Green, Shiny Black
Clear spray paint
1. Trace pattern on wood, using the length of the wood for the top of the watermelon slice.
Also measure and mark proper cutting place on slats.
2. Cut out the traced pattern and marked slats with a jig saw or similar saw.
3. Sand all pieces until smooth.
4. Paint inside of slices solid red, all slats green (on both sides of slats), allow to dry.
5. Paint the rounded edge of the watermelon slice green, and allow to
6. Paint white next to the green edge (including the straight edge) or you may leave it the natural
wood color. Either way looks nice, it is just a matter of preference.
7. Paint the red watermelon meat, including the straight edge.
8. Paint the seeds black by putting down a bead of paint and then slightly dragging it toward the
top of the slice. Practice a few times on a piece of paper until you have achieved the look that
you want. Then paint on the slice. This looks better when the seeds are not uniform in size and
shape. They should be centered on the slice however. No seeds grow in the center of the slice
or next to the rind (green).
NOTE: Allow each color paint to dry fully before moving on to the next color.
9. Glue slats down, spacing evenly. Nail in place. Allow to dry overnight.
10. Spray with clear spray paint to achieve a richer color and shiny appearance. This will also
protect the finish.