How to Carve a Watermelon Boat

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Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife with long blade
  • Melon baller
  • Construction paper
  • Marker
  • Tape
  • Rubber kitchen or garden gloves

Bring an extra splash of red, white and blue to your Fourth of July table with a watermelon boat. Watermelon boats are relatively easy to carve and add a decorative touches, and you can fill them with any number of seasonal fruit combinations. For a patriotic melon, add blueberries and bananas to watermelon balls. Grapes and coconut will do the trick too.

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Choose a smooth, ripe melon with no wrinkles, blemishes or bruises. Do not refrigerate until after cutting, as watermelons are more easily carved at room temperature.

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Before you carve, decide what design you will use along the edge. The most common are scalloped and saw-tooth patterns. Draw the pattern directly on the melon or make a template from construction paper.

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Wash the watermelon and then cut a thin, flat piece from the bottom. This will keep the watermelon stable while you carve.

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Tape or draw your design two inches from the center of the melon. Use a long knife with a sharp blade to cut all the way through, along the pattern. Remove the top part of the melon.

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Remove fruit from both sections with the melon baller. The remaining shell should be one inch thick. Do not puncture the rind. Put fruit in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Drain the shell.

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Return the melon balls to your boat. Add other fruits, dressings or garnishes to suit your taste and the occasion.


  • Carving a melon can be messy and slippery business. In order to keep a tight grip and to protect your hands, wear either rubber kitchen or gardening gloves.



About the Author

Karen Gardner is an award-winning writer and editor. She studied advertising and journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and since that time has written for a wide variety of local, regional, national and online publications. In addition to her writing career, Gardner is also owns an event planning and private party staffing business.

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