Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Watermelon Carving!

Some time ago I was asked by Faye Clack and the National Watermelon Board if I wanted to take place in a watermelon carving competition. Me? Carving? Um...I'm not that good, but I'm game! We like watermelon so it's all good, right?

My watermelon arrived and it took me ages to figure out what to do with it. Finally, I settled on something that I could see myself actually making for fun at a baby shower or in a staff room for a co-worker with a new little one. Why not a baby carriage?


This was actually a lot easier than it looks! And, it was so cute that I can just imagine actually doing it for a baby shower. Maybe even you could include a great fruit dip to eat the watermelon with.

Watermelon baby carriage
  • 1 small watermelon (try to find one that is a bit oval shaped)
  • toothpicks
  • blueberries

Special equipment:
  • 1 inch round cookie cutter
  • melon scooper
1. Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh in one of the halves and set aside. Smooth out the shell with a spoon, leaving about a 1/2 inch in the shell.

2. Cut a zigzag pattern around the edge of one half of the shell. You can also get a nifty watermelon scooper/carving tool, which made this really easy.

3. Take the top half that isn't scooped out, and cut it in half cross-wise. You want to make a top for your carriage! Scoop out the flesh and smooth it with a spoon, scooping and leaving about 1/2 inch of flesh in the shell. Fit it on the bottom piece to see where you'd like it best, the cut a zig zag pattern in the side that is the 'top' of the carriage.

4. Using toothpicks, attach the top and bottom pieces.

5. Cut two deep chunks of watermelon flesh out of the leftover piece of melon with the cookie cutter. You can cut them each in half to make two wheels, which you attach to each side of the carriage with toothpicks.

6. For the handle, just cut a slice about 1/2 inch wide from the leftover rind and attach with toothpicks.

I tossed my watermelon with blueberries and filled that baby right up!

Check out some other watermelon carvings over here at the National Watermelon Board, where they will announce a winner of this carving contest. These people are so talented!

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