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Kids Summer Crafts

Kids Summer Crafts: Watermelon Fan Tutorial

Where are my crafty moms at? I know crafting isn’t everyone’s thing, but kids summer crafts are a great way to keep little hands busy. This one is SUPER easy! Just follow my easy step-by-step instructions below and boom – your kids just got a new fun craft and hours of entertaining with the fan when they’re done. I don’t know about you, but I call this a #MOMWIN! What are you waiting for? Let’s get going!

kids summer crafts supplies

Materials Needed:

  • Construction paper (3 pink, 1 green)
  • 2 wood popsicle sticks
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue
  • String and drill bit (optional)


Step 1

Step 1:

Cut two 1″ strips of green construction paper, on the long edge. We are going to making 3 of these, so you can go ahead and cut all 6 strips now if you want.

Step 2

Step 2:

Use a glue stick to attach one green strip to each side of the pink construction paper.

Step 3

Step 3:

Fold the pink paper in half. This fold just helps later on, when you’ve attached it all together.

Step 4

Step 4:

Use a Sharpie or black felt pen to draw watermelon seeds. We made it fun and drew heart shaped seeds. My daughter also loved helping with this part.

Step 5

Step 5:

Fold the paper in, about 1″. Alternate folding towards the front and back to resemble an accordion. Keep folding until you reach the end.

Step 6

Step 6:

If you have too large of a piece at the end, just trim it with the paper cutter or scissors. Repeat steps 1-5 to make 2 more, with 3 in total!

Step: 7

When you have 3 accordion-like pieces of paper, fold and glue them together with the glue stick. First, fold each one in half (along the fold you made at the very beginning) and then glue each together. You can add a bit of extra hot glue to the centre of the fan to make it a bit stronger.

Step 8:

Optional: if you’re wanting to add string to the popsicle sticks, make sure to drill holes in them now!

Using the hot glue gun, attach the popsicle sticks to either end of the fan. Make sure that the end sticking out is at the green edge of the fan.

Step 9:

Optional: Attach a piece of string or yarn to the popsicle sticks. Make sure it is long enough so the fan can open properly.


There you go! You’ve got a watermelon fan to keep cool this summer! I’m going to keep these fans in our backpack because I know my daughter will love playing with it the next time we are out in the heat!

Kids summer craft to beat the heat + a few more tips:

The kids are both keeping sun-safe with their Jan & Jul Adventure Sun Hats and polarized Sunglasses! My little guy is ready for dipping his toes in the water with his Knit Shoes. The shoes are washable, which is what we need in this house. Have you seen how dirty my kid gets on the daily?

I love how the Jan & Jul hats have such great sun coverage, are adjustable around the head circumference and have chin straps. They really have thought of everything!

I hope you enjoyed this kids summer craft! Let me know if you give it a try!

– Jackie, Northern B.C. Mom & DIYer

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