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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.

This year we were able to get a watermelon carving in just under the wire for the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s annual Watermelon Carving Contest (deadline August 4). We call this one “Shrek-ermelon” and we entered it in the “Humor” category.

We don’t have much real drawing or sketching talent so we weren’t sure if we could pull this one off. But it turned out to be surprisingly easy – all it took was a few well-placed grooved lines. The teeth were fun to make because there was no pressure: Even if you mess up, it looks like an ogre’s teeth anyway.

Next we tried a variation on a fruit basket – This one we call “Raging Waters.”

For this one we sculpted “waves” all around the edge of a halved watermelon. Then we made one small piece of rind into a shark’s head, and we used one separate thin piece for the lower jaw. To create “teeth,” just peel off the green part and cut notches in the white part in “V” shapes.

Want some more carving ideas? You can see some of our watermelon carving ideas here and here and here. Here’s a few highlights from the bunch:

The “bumblebee” watermelon

A watermelon Minecraft creeper

A watermelon shark bares his teeth

A bathing beauty


Chef Joe’s pirate ship

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


10 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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