Watermelon is one of those summer favorites that my boys get excited about every year. So much so, that when I asked what they wanted to do for a craft today my five year old said he wanted to do a watermelon craft! This activity is fun for kids because a spray bottle is involved, and also uses a coffee filter which makes it a great Watermelon Coffee Filter Suncatcher Craft to decorate the window.
Coffee filters are so versatile and inexpensive, which makes them perfect for crafts with kids. One of my favorite activities as a child was coloring on a coffee filter with markers and then spraying it with water to watch the colors blend together. It’s fun to watch!
More Coffee Filter Crafts
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Watermelon Coffee Filter Suncatcher Craft
- coffee filter
- red and pink markers
- pencil (or something to trace with)
- spray bottle with water
- green and black construction paper
HINT: If doing this with younger children or many kids at a time, you may want to pre-cut the rinds and seeds.
First, fold a coffee filter in half and cut along the fold line.
Next color one half of the coffee filter with red and pink markers.
Use a spray bottle to lightly mist the coffee filter, just until the colors start to blend together. Watch as the colors slowly run together. Add a bit more water if needed to get the effect you like, however too much water will wash the color out.
Let dry completely. *Note: We found that leaving the coffee filter to dry in the spot it was sprayed results in more vibrant color, even though it may take longer to dry with the extra water. If you’re short on time, you can move the coffee filter to a paper towel to dry.
While the “painted” half of the coffee filter is drying, it is a good time to make the watermelon rind and seeds,
Use the other half of the coffee filter to trace onto green construction paper.
Cut out the traced shape, and then cut along the inside to cut out the center. This is the rind.
Make the seeds using black construction paper. An efficient way to do this is to fold the paper to make a few layers and cut a seed shape to get many at a time.
Glue the rind and seeds on top of the dry coffee filter to complete the watermelon!
Put them in the window to use them as festive summer suncatchers. We used rolled tape under the construction paper to affix them to the windows. They catch the light nicely!