These giant citrus slices are a fun pop of color for any decor!

Decorate for summer with these fun citrus slices!

What could be more inviting on a hot summer day than a cool drink of lemonade or a cocktail mixed with lime? Bring the tastes of summer to your home decor with these giant citrus slices! This project is an easy way to use up those oddly-shaped wood scraps, and give a pop of color to your mantel or a drink stand!

I’m Vineta from The Handyman’s Daughter, and I’m back this month with this fun project that is perfect for your summer decor now that the patriotic holidays are over.

Materials:

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Optional: Silhouette cutting machine

Instructions:

Start by digging through your scrap pile for wider pieces that don’t have a lot of knots or dents. You can use 3/4″ plywood, 1x or 2x pieces (as long as they’re at least 6″ wide and 12″ long.) Give the face of the wood a good sanding.

Trace a large half circle onto your wood with a pencil. A dinner plate makes an excellent template. Trace a second circle inside the first, about a quarter of an inch away. This will be the rind of the slice.

Trade a half circle onto your scrap wood and cut out with a jigsaw.

If you have a Silhouette machine, you can use this cut file to cut out a template in the shape of the segments. If not, you can google citrus slice graphic and use one of those images as your template. Or create a similar template by cutting a rounded triangle out of paper and tracing it four times onto the scrap of wood. Don’t forget that little piece in the center that connects them together.

Trade the segments onto the scrap of wood.

Use a jigsaw or scroll saw to cut out your slice shape.

Cut out your half circle with a jigsaw or scroll saw.

Sand the sides and round over the edges with a sander.

Sand the semicircles and round over the edges.

Remove any dust from the surface with a tack cloth or damp rag.

Remove any dust with the tack cloth so the paint will adhere properly.

Using a flat craft brush, start filling in the pith parts of the slice with white paint. (It will probably take two coats to get good coverage.)

Paint the white sections of the lemon and lime first.

Once the white paint is dry, fill in the segments and outside edge. The yellow lemon may need two coats.

Paint the inside segments and outside edge of the lemon bright yellow.

But you might get away with only one coat for the lime green slice.

The lime only needed one coat for a green burst of color.

When everything is dry, they’re ready to display! These giant citrus slices are the perfect decoration next to the drinks at your summer barbecue.

These giant citrus slices are the perfect way to decorate for your summer barbecue!

They add a fun pop of color to any decor!

These giant citrus slices are a fun pop of color for any decor!

Want to add more summer fruit? You can find my tutorial for how to make watermelon decor over at The Handyman’s Daughter!

Until next time!

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