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Summer Watermelon Carving

Watermelon carving is a time-honored summer tradition at our house, made even more fun when the kids get involved. It’s almost at the point where we can’t bear to see a plain round watermelon; we have an irresistible urge to carve it into something.

We’ve got more ideas than we can count so we’re just going to lay them all out here. Let’s start with one of our favorites, Shrek. We call this one the “Shrek-ermelon.”

Carving a shrek-ermelon is easier than you think – all it takes is a few well-placed grooved lines. The teeth are fun to make because there is no pressure: Even if you mess up, it looks like an ogre’s teeth anyway.

Next we have another favorite, Olaf from “Frozen.”

Notice that the head is “white” because we’ve shaved off the skin. When you look inside the mouth, you see that we’ve carved down to the beginning of the red. This model requires a few sticks, as well as a circle of carrot for the nose, some grapes for eyes, and cinnamon sticks for eyebrows. It’s all held together with toothpicks.

Two-Watermelon Carvings

Next is another kid favorite – the Minecraft Creeper watermelon. Note that this one requires two watermelons. Slice off a flat top and bottom so the two will sit together nicely. Again, you can use toothpicks to secure them. Extra tip: Fill the “head” with chopped-up watermelon.

A watermelon Minecraft creeper

Got a Big Hero 6 Fan? We had a great time making this BayMax watermelon (BayMelon? WaterMax?). This one again requires two watermelons – and a lot of peeling to make it white.

BayMax from Big Hero 6! (BayMelon? WaterMax?)

More Watermelon Carving Ideas

Want some more carving ideas? You can see some of our watermelon carving ideas here and here.

Here’s an oldie but a goodie: the watermelon shark. Remember that you make white “teeth” by peeling off the green outer layer and leaving the white pith intact.

A watermelon shark bares his teeth

If you want, you can make a variation on this theme with a shark swimming through “waves.”┬á This one we call “Raging Waters.” Even though it looks like two watermelon, we did this with just one. The top of the shark’s head is made from the top of the watermelon.

Here’s a few more highlights from the bunch:

The “bumblebee” watermelon


A bathing beauty


Chef Joe’s pirate ship

Got some good ideas flowing? Great! Now get out there and get carving!

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Your kids will love these watermelon carving ideas, from Shrek, to a Minecraft creeper, to Olaf from Frozen, and more!


14 Responses to Summer Watermelon Carving

  1. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious August 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Y’all have waaaaaaaay too much fun!

  2. Suzi August 3, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    That’s what it’s all about – FUN!!!!!! I still think my fave is the “bathing beauty” and thanks for letting me pose for you ­čÖé

    • Jeanne August 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      LOL – if that was you, I am certainly the bumblebee! Rhanks for stopping by!

  3. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) August 7, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    So cute!!

    • Jeanne August 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks, Ashley!


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