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How To Make A Watermelon Sign Using Modeling Paste

Crafting with modeling paste is truly a lot of fun. If you are ready to try making a watermelon sign using modeling paste then you are in the right place! Follow along as I show you how to make a cute adorable sign for summer!

Summer is here and that means picnics and barbeques and lots of watermelons! I am loving watermelon décor this Summer season and have come up with this super cute and easy watermelon sign with wood cutouts. Instead of just painting a flat surface, we are kicking it up a notch and using modeling paste. In under an hour, you can create this adorable sign on your own. Let me show you how to use this unique medium to elevate your pieces to the next level!

I love using new mediums and playing with different techniques that can transform something plain into something amazing. Sometimes using new supplies can be intimidating but is so easy that anyone can do it! We start by using a scrap piece of wood that I have in my stash and painting a black background. I like how the black makes everything pop a little more! You can get the wood watermelon cutouts that are nice and thick which make it so realistic. 

How to Use Modeling Paste on Wood Cutouts

 Using modeling paste on our watermelon wood cutouts adds so much depth and texture to each wood cutout. It’s just like icing on a cake! You can use your palate knife, even piping bags, and tips if you wanted to try something unique with the modeling paste. The sky really is the limit. Use anything you have on hand that is black to resemble the watermelon seeds. I happened to have some black sequin beads lying around that add a perfect sparkling seed to each watermelon wedge. Let’s get started and let your creative juices flow to make this project your own!

Supplies:

How To Make A Watermelon Sign Using Modeling Paste

Start by painting your wood black. Use your heat gun to help dry the paint quickly. 

Grab your watermelon wood cutouts. Add some modeling paste to your palate board, or plate, and scoop out a few different piles of paste onto your surface using your palette knife.

Add some green to a pile of modeling paste and mix. Add some pink and red into one pile and mix using your palette knife to get a good watermelon color.

Use a clean palate knife and add the modeling paste onto the round edges of the wood watermelon cutouts. The technique is like icing a cake. Dab the paste with your palette knife to add more texture.

Next, add the pink modeling paste onto the watermelon cutout. Don’t forget the sides! Your modeling paste will take a day to completely settle and dry.

Use black sequin beads or whatever you have on hand to the modeling paste watermelon cutouts before the paste begins to dry and settle.

Grab your black wood board and add a strip of red and white polka dot washi tape along the top and bottom edge.

Weed out the vinyl letters “Watermelon 5 Cents” from your Cricut for your sign. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can use other purchased wood or vinyl letters, or hand write your sign.

Center the letters onto your sign and use your heat press, or iron, to transfer the letters onto your wood sign.

Add a few ladybug embellishments around the lettering. If you don’t have any ladybugs, use whatever embellishments you may have on hand to add some extra touches!

Hot glue the wood watermelon cutouts onto your sign below your lettering. Sit back and enjoy your work!

This sign will look so cute leaning up on a table spread with all of your summer favorites or hanging up in your kitchen! It also makes a perfect gift for the watermelon loving person in your life. I love being able to show you my project but also want you to feel free to add whatever embellishments and cute touches you have on hand in your own craft room. I hope I’ve inspired you to make each project your own and just get creative!

How Do I stop modeling Paste From Cracking?

Mostly you will find cracks in your modeling paste if you apply it too thick and then it dries out way too fast. This causes some settling cracks to appear. If you have a heavy application cover it with some saran wrap to avoid those cracks. This allows it to dry at a more steady pace.

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Watermelon Sign Using Modeling Paste

Materials

  • Supplies:
  • Scrap Piece of Wood 11”x8” wide
  • 3 Watermelon Wood Cutouts
  • Modeling Paste
  • Wasabi Colored Anitas Acrylic Paint
  • Bubblegum Pink DecoArt Acrylic Paint
  • Cherry Red DecoArt Acrylic Paint
  • Ebony Black DecoArt Acrylic Paint
  • Cricut or other Wooden letters
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (if using Cricut)
  • Black Sequin Beads
  • Red and White Polka dot Washi Tape
  • Lady Bug Bead Embellishments
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Heat Press
  • Paintbrushes
  • Palette Knife
  • Palate Board (optional)
  • Heat Gun
  • Puppy Pads
  • Gloves

Instructions

  1. Start by painting your wood black. Use your heat gun to help dry the paint quickly. 
  2. Grab your watermelon wood cutouts. Add some modeling paste to your palate board, or plate, and scoop out a few different piles of paste onto your surface using your palette knife.
  3. Add some green to a pile of modeling paste and mix. Add some pink and red into one pile and mix using your palette knife to get a good watermelon color.
  4. Use a clean palate knife and add the modeling paste onto the round edges of the wood watermelon cutouts. The technique is like icing a cake. Dab the paste with your palette knife to add more texture.
  5. Next, add the pink modeling paste onto the watermelon cutout. Don’t forget the sides! Your modeling paste will take a day to completely settle and dry.
  6. Use black sequin beads or whatever you have on hand to the modeling paste watermelon cutouts before the paste begins to dry and settle.
  7. Grab your black wood board and add a strip of red and white polka dot washi tape along the top and bottom edge.
  8. Weed out the vinyl letters “Watermelon 5 Cents” from your Cricut for your sign. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can use other purchased wood or vinyl letters, or hand write your sign.
  9. Center the letters onto your sign and use your heat press, or iron, to transfer the letters onto your wood sign.
  10. Add a few ladybug embellishments up around the lettering. If you don’t have any lady bugs, use whatever embellishments you may have on hand to add some extra touches!
  11. Hot glue the wood watermelon cutouts onto your sign below your lettering. Sit back and enjoy your work!
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