Jul 25

Watermelon Favors DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

Nothing screams summer more than watermelon (well, maybe ice cream does, too). It just so happens that August 3rd is National Watermelon Day. Who knew?! This party favor, ready to stuff with treats and goodies, is made out of plain old paper plates from the grocery store. (PS – Watermelon pinatas!)

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Click through for instructions!

Materials needed: uncoated paper plates (I used Chinet), red and green watercolors, paintbrush, hot glue gun, black sharpie

Step 1: Paint outer edge of paper plate green.
Step 2: Paint inner circle of paper plate red/pink, leaving ½” white space between the green and the red. Let dry.
Step 3: Using black sharpie, paint seeds on red part.
Step 4: Fold paper plate in half, wiggling a little to get it even.
Step 5: Holding it bent in half, stuff with goodies.
Step 6: Apply hot glue to inside of one edge, gently squeeze edges together to close.

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Photography by Tim Gibson


  • Cat says:

    These are beyond adorable! I love how colorful they are, and how reasonably simple they are to put together. The last thing I need when throwing a big party is a complicated DIY!


  • Anne says:

    Wow this is genius! I’m totally using this for my sister’s birthday party!


  • Brandi says:

    Love this! Really creative — and inexpensive, which is a huge bonus these days.

  • christina says:

    That’s an adorable idea!

    – Christina http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

  • Jenn says:

    Aww, these are so adorable! Love this!

  • Maaike says:

    Hey, that is so cool!

  • Nina says:

    Totally genius idea! I love this! I’m always on the look out for easy, inexpensive, and cute party favor holders. Excellent idea!

  • These are too adorable! I want to make them right now!

  • Katja says:

    that’s a brilliant idea! and just in time for a summer party i am hosting <3 loves,

  • Pam says:

    Well that’s just the cutest thing! Wish I had thought of that when my girls were little.

  • Erin says:

    I love this idea, so clever! :)

  • Cristina says:

    Modification Question!

    Hi there, Jordan (and the Oh Happy Day team)!

    In a couple weeks, my friend and I will be throwing a Pie in the Park summer party for our group of 20-something friends (we’ll tweak the goodies inside a little bit), and I’d love to adapt this for a pie theme. While I could certainly use the design as is (and some how… encourage people to take half a pie…?), I’d love find a clever way of making it look like an actual slice (so… one-half of this).

    I’ve tried playing around with a couple plates, but everything seems to require stapling (and the last thing I want to do is to give out something that looks like there’s staples in the pies, eep!).

    Any suggestions? (And if anyone else reading the comments has any suggestions, I’d LOVE to hear them!)

  • Jeanine says:

    These are amazing! So super creative

  • Nicole says:

    These are so darling! Cristina, you could cut the plates into quarter size and hot glue closed. A pie shape would be adorable, also!

  • Deana says:

    Such a great idea! And I have a ton of Chinet plates because they were on sale at the store not too long ago.

    I wonder if these would look cute as citrus fruit slices? Oranges or limes maybe?


  • Elisha says:

    I’m might use this idea for my daughter’s first birthday. We’re doing a rainbow theme and this would be super easy to modify for her party!

  • Chiara says:

    Hi Cristina – love the idea of turning this into a pie slice! I agree with Nicole and would try hot gluing one quarter, then stuffing with goodies, then hot gluing it closed. Not sure if it would work but maybe worth a try. Also – have you seen these? https://www.etsy.com/listing/56390594/cherry-pie-favor-box-diy-printable-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=cherry%2Bpie&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5838148 Have a great Pie Party! ~Chiara

  • Chiara such a great idea and so simple to do. I would fill them with hair accessories.

  • What a fun way to do favours, I’m sure kids and adults alike would grab a piece!

  • Cristina says:

    Hi Chiara!

    The second I submitted my comment, I realized this was a contributed post, so I apologize for that! I did try cutting them into halves and folding, but the hot glue isn’t strong enough to hold the fold tighter (i.e., the ones above fold but are glued using the lip of the plate, allowing the fold to have more slack and also creating a nice secure room for the items inside) due to the fact that I now gluing the bottom of the plate to the bottom of the plate. Not sure if that makes sense?

    But! I am testing am couple solutions (FYI for anyone interested in a pie party, haha):

    1. Just using the whole plate (meaning two plates to create a party favor) and doing a pull pie design on one side (experimenting with full water color cross hatch pie designs, as well as making them plain crispy brown and then actually punching designs in them like a real pie would have to let steam out) and a solid color on the other.

    The benefit of this is I can stick a whole bunch of stuff in there (mix tapes of some favorite summery tunes, little shooters, temp tattoos, i.e. you know, the grown up stuff).

    Downside, they’re just as lunky as they sound, also, kind of hard to do a cute display.

    2. Using same layout, making a half-pie.

    The plus side is this is pretty simple, cost effective, and cute.

    The downside is that they look like tacos/ empanadas. Haha. Maybe not a bad thing, but not the look I’m going for. But making a mental note of this stumble upon.

    3. The print out you shared! Cute, simple, and small! However, I just adore the faded watercolor look of this craft, which was a earl selling point for me.

    Hum… Decisions, decisions. I’ll share photos if all goes well! Thanks for the suggestions!

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