How to Carve a Watermelon Basket

cynthia davis


Prep time depends on what you design on your watermellon

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2 Hr
No-Cook or Other


1 large
pencil or marker
toothpicks-solid round ones
carving knife


1Choose a watermelon that's a shape and size fitting for the table.
Cut a thin slice from the bottom to provide a stable base.
2Draw the outlines for the heart basket with a fine/medium point waterproof marker or a sharp pencil before you cut.
Halve the watermelon lengthwise with a straight, jagged, or wavy line.
3Leave a thick handle to "hold" the basket up from the center. (optional)
Use a knife or decorating tool to cut out the edges. Be careful not to cut through the handle.
4Carefully remove the top quarter sections when the cutting is complete.
Save the cut-out pieces for later. Trim the flesh from the inside of the handle.
5Cut out hearts or other designs from the rind you removed to decorate the outside of the basket and attach them with toothpicks.
6Fill with your favorite fruit, or, just follow the instructions of the watermelon fruit basket.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American