For those of you lucky enough to have fresh watermelon year round, have fun using them as your centerpiece at parties. You can make them into any design you can draw. Here I made a fish jumping over the watermelon bowl.
All you have to do is shape a towel in a "U" then lay your watermelon in that U. It will hold it from rolling. Make sure you have put the flatter side of your melon down for the bottom. Now take a simple drawing, and tape it on top of your melon and trace around it. I then cut my pattern apart on lines that I want to mark on my melon. For the head of the fish, I might cut it off and draw a line along the body. For the lines, I use a vegetable peeler and carefully push it along my drawn line. I use ballpoint pen for nice dark lines to follow. You will be cutting the line off so it won't show when you are done.
Make any designs, such as the scales on my fish, now before cutting out the shape, while it is stable. After you get all of those cut in start cutting along the lines of your shape with a sharp knife making straight up and down cuts just as you would carving a pumpkin. After you are happy with your cutout shape, cut the edges of your "bowl" and remove the fruit. This one I made to look like waves. I could have made several fish jumping up along the sides of the bowl instead of one going across.
Feel free to play with your watermelon bowl for any holiday or special occasion. A child's name, a anniversary number, anything you can draw or trace will work.
By Ann from Loup City, NE
Fantastic to look at and great to eat too. Thanks for sharing the detail of how to do this. All I need now is a watermelon!
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