Watermelon Basket Carving
Perfect for a summer picnic, this Watermelon Fruit Basket is carved from a watermelon into the shape of a dolphin. Kids will love to help draw the pattern on the watermelon rind and make the melon balls with the help of a melon scoop. Refrigerate until serving time, when you can sit back and enjoy the compliments.
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- One small watermelon
- Sharp-pointed knife
- Carving knife
- Melon scoop
- Choose an elongated watermelon.
- Lightly draw a dolphin on the rind of the watermelon as in the picture with a sharp point.
- Cut along the lines carefully with the knife and then gently cut away the rind.
- With a melon scoop, make the flesh into watermelon balls and set aside in a dish. Remove any remaining flesh so the interior is clean and white.
- Cut triangles through the rind to represent the eyes, and in the edges, cut notches for the eyelashes.
- Cut a crescent for the mouth, and then notch the upper border of the rind all around except at the tail.
- Arrange the watermelon and cantalope balls attractively in the dolphin-shaped bowl.
Source: The Complete Step-by-Step Vegetable & Fruit Carving Book; Sangdad Publishing Co. © 1999; available in fruit carving.
Print out a PDF for directions on how to make this Watermelon Fruit Basket (Adobe PDF required).
For more carved baskets also see instructions for a Watermelon Carving and a Watermelon Basket Carving