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watermelon garden

watermelon garden

I always enjoy seeing fruit and vegetable carving, so I was excited to see lots of different ideas on watermelon.org with complete instructions for making scenes and displays using carved watermelon and other fruits. This one is the “Flowering Garden” and has lot of flowers cut out of red and yellow watermelon. I’ve never seen yellow watermelon before, so I would substitute pineapple for that, as they suggest. Plus, that would give it some extra fruit variety, too!

Flowering Garden

1 Oblong seeded watermelon
1 Small yellow watermelon (or substitute mini red watermelon or pineapple)
Flower shape cookie cutters
Melon baller
15-20 Skewers for flower stems
40-50 Popsicle or jumbo craft sticks for picket fence
Toothpicks
Hot glue gun
Green food coloring and pipe cleaners (optional)

Instructions:

Wash the watermelons. Cut a ΒΌ inch slice off the bottom of the oblong watermelon to provide a stable base. Cut the top 1/3 off the watermelon lengthwise to provide the flower bed.

Cut out flat pieces from the flesh of the slice and from flesh from the flower bed piece. Use cookie cutters (or free hand cut) for the desired shapes for flowers. Be sure to cut shapes from the yellow watermelon as well. (Shown are daisies and tulips.)

Soak skewers in green food coloring, and set on paper towel to dry.

Use a small melon baller to create flower centers from both the yellow and red watermelons. Assemble the flowers by attaching the center balls with toothpicks. Place entire flower head on tinted green skewers. Insert skewer flower stems into base flower bed. Be sure to alternate colors and feel free to experiment with other colorful fruits like cantaloupe or blueberries.
Fill the basket flower bed with the rest of the fruit in flower shapes and balls. Shape a couple pipe cleaners into leaves and carefully attach to the skewer stems.

Using extreme caution use a hot glue gun to attach the Popsicle sticks around the flower bed as shown to create a fence for the garden. Garnish with other fun shapes such as butterflies or honeybees.