National Picnic Month + Watermelon Day
August is National Picnic Month, and Watermelon day happens to be in August too! August 3rd is the day to whip out those blankets, slice up some fruit, and head outdoors. Having an adorable (and on-theme) picnic blanket is the cherry-on-top for the perfect picnic.
This fabric stated out as a tablecloth that we turned into a cozy picnic blanket! If you’re reminded of the Harry Styles video, just know this was our idea first 😉 It was planned with friends and family in mind, all having a good time out in the summer sun.
This DIY watermelon picnic blanket is also the perfect size for social-distancing. Picnicking is one of the few acceptable social activities in big cities, and the perimeter of the blanket is a subtle reminder to stay 6 feet apart even while getting closer together. Just add some delicious food (like this watermelon limeade), outdoor games, and fun activities and you’re set!
Watermelon Sugar High
If you just can’t get enough of all things watermelon sugar, let me point you in the right direction. Obviously, there’s the song of the summer by Harry Styles for all you fangirls. We have a super cute tutorial on watermelon friendship bracelets, and I am hoping to cover my arms in them like sleeves. Feel free to send me one! If you love the idea of a picnic but hate the “outside” part, try this watermelon tablecloth instead. This one is all paper, and easy enough that you could make it a family craft. If you’re still not satisfied, check out this roundup post with a bunch of cute watermelon ideas! We’ve got everything from doormats to lemonade.
DIY WATERMELON PICNIC BLANKET TUTORIAL:
See how to make the DIY watermelon picnic blanket below!
- round white cotton tablecloth (here’s one!)
- green and pink dye prepared according to instructions
- clothes pins
- black fabric paint
- paint brush
- black Pom Pom trim
1. Fold a round table cloth in half , then in quarters, and again until you are life with a small triangular section
2. Mark with clothes pins where you want the green dye to end along the outer edge and where you want the pink dye to end. Leave a white gap between the two colors.
3. Dip edge of tablecloth into green dye, stopping at clothes pin. Keep cloth submerged for approximately 5 minutes or until desired color
4. Dip innermost part of tablecloth into the pink dye, stopping at the second pair of clothes pins. Submerge approximately 5 minutes or until desired color is reached
5. Let rest for 20 minutes, then remove clothes pins and spread cloth out to continue drying for a few hours or overnight
6. Hand paint seeds onto blanket in a radial pattern, being careful not to let paint leak through cloth. Let dry completely
7. Sew Pom Pom trim onto outer edge of blanket
Colorful ways to complete your picnic for National Picnic Month