You may have participated in watermelon seed spitting contests or made watermelon rind pickles . . .
Have you ever painted with watermelon rinds?
I imagine, this being Labor Day weekend, that many of you will soon be enjoying some of the season’s last watermelon. Save some of those rinds and make these beautiful Watermelon Rind Rainbow Prints!
You don’t have to make the prints the same day you eat the watermelon. Toss them into a resealable bag and keep them in the fridge until ready to paint. (Try to use them within 5 days.)
Supplies Needed for Watermelon Rind Rainbow Prints:
- watermelon rinds – at least 6 nicely curved pieces; the arc from a melon quartered and sliced work best
- large paper bag or empty cereal box, cut open and flattened
- basic painting gear (see Painting with Kids: 6 Tips to Get You Ready for suggestions)
Creating Your Watermelon Rind Rainbow Print:
- Gather supplies. Get everything in one place so you don’t have to leave the room while your kids have access to paint! Remember to have enough paper for everyone involved to make multiple prints if they so desire.
- Trim bite marks off watermelon rinds! You should probably do this before you store them in the fridge if you won’t be painting the day you eat the melon.
- Don paint shirts and cover your work surface. This is up to you but probably a good idea if kids are involved!
- Squirt reasonably sized puddles of paint onto the flattened bag or box. Organize your paint in rainbow color order (R-O-Y-G-B-I-V). Indigo and violet can just become purple. It doesn’t take a ton of paint, but you want to spread it out so that you can dip the whole rind in at one time. Fingers work fine for spreading out the paint.
- Dip rind in red paint and make your first print near the top of your paper. If you have a child who likes to start at the bottom, just begin with purple and go up from there.
- Repeat step 5 with each color until you have a complete rainbow.
- Make some more. Rainbows are fun! Nobody wants to make just one.
To make the display shown in the first picture, we fixed two pieces of construction paper together, trimmed three of the kids’ prints to allow for the border and arranged them as we wanted.
Other Painting with Kids projects you might enjoy:
What other creative uses do you have for watermelon rinds?