Don't spit those watermelon seeds into the grass! Turn your picnic detritus into a beautiful adornment to last the whole year round.

I think of summer as an ode to nature's finest, with gardens, picnic blankets, and farmer's markets overflowing with the crunchiest vegetables, the sweetest fruits, and the freshest herbs. There is nothing quite like a midsummer feast! Macedonia-based crafter and teacher Maya Kuzman, a.k.a sewella, takes the celebration of this bounty one step further in this week's How-Tuesday post, with tips on how to turn the seeds of your favorite melon into an adornment to last the whole year. My name is Maya Kuzman and I blog over at Little Treasures. I am an English teacher and translator by profession, but I'm also a devoted knitter, a struggling crocheter, and an aspiring seamstress. I have always been inspired by nature. Today I'm looking to the fruits of nature to create a fabulous melon seed necklace.

    Supplies you’ll need:
  • Melon or watermelon seeds
  • Markers or nail polish
  • Wooden beads
  • Fishing line or a cotton thread
  • Thin embroidery needle


1. For the melon seed necklace, scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Wash the seeds in warm water with mild washing detergent to remove the slimy fibers. Then let them air dry in the sun. I usually place them on a cotton napkin so they won't stick to it when dried. It's helpful if the seeds are big because they are easier to manipulate.

2. When piercing the seeds, it is best if you do it in the middle; if you make a hole near the edge, the seed might split.

3. Once the seeds are dry, I love to add a little color. For my necklaces, I used ordinary markers — you can also use nail polish for a more finished and glittery look. I painted half of the seed because I like the effect they create when strung together.

4. With a thin embroidery needle, string the seeds on fishing line or cotton thread. You can introduce wooden beads (for a more organic appearance), plastic beads, crocheted flowers, etc.

5. Tie a simple, yet secured, knot and you're done. Choose your favorite colors, string the seeds and make yourself some organic jewelery!

Extra Tips:

  • Keep your necklaces in a dry place and do not expose them to moisture. My oldest melon seed necklace is about 15 years old and looks as if I made it yesterday.
  • Pumpkin and squash seeds are not appropriate for this type of project since they tend to dry, shrink, chip and break. However, watermelon seeds can be used instead.
  • If you have plain wooden beads and want to color them, stick them on a toothpick stuck into a corkboard (or Styrofoam board). This makes it much easier to paint the beads.

If you make this project, share your results with us in the How-Tuesday Flickr group!

More How-Tuesday Posts | Jewelry on Etsy