Learn how to carve a watermelon into this creative beach bucket feature piece. Filled with fresh fruit the watermelon beach bucket makes a great decorative container that will fit in brilliantly with any summer or beach themed parties.
1 Watermelon (seeded or seedless according to preference)
Kitchen and paring knives
Green dry erase marker
Large bowl and a spoon
Cookie cutters in beach theme shapes
- Be sure to thoroughly read through and understand the instructions before starting.
- Wash and drain all fruit including the removed watermelon pieces before putting it in the carved beach bucket.
- Whenever possible, remove watermelon in large pieces so that they can be cut up later into melon balls or cubes.
- Use a green dry erase marker to outline where you will cut as any excess is easy to wipe off.
- Take your watermelon, rinse in under cool water and dry.
- Whilst on its side cut off approximately ¼” – ½” from one end so that it can stay up steadily on a flat surface. It is essential not cut too thick a slice because if the white rind is exposed liquid will begin to leak from the bottom of the bucket.
- Once one end is flat, stand the watermelon up. Take your erasable marker pen and use it to mark a line going all of the way around approximately 1/3 of the way down the watermelon.
- Next we will mark where we will cut out the handle of the bucket. Mark a dot anywhere on the line and another one on the exact opposite side of the fruit. Join these dots up using a straight line that goes over the top end. Repeat this step about an inch away from the original line, effectively creating an inch thick handle.
- Now we are ready to begin carving. Use a paring knife for this and take particular care around the handle. the paring knife should be held firmly and in the same way you would hold a pen. For smooth lines, cut through the tough rind in two stages. First of all cut into all the lines you have marked, slicing about half way through the rind. You can then go back and cut through the rest of the rind more easily.
- Taking care, remove the rind and flesh from inside the watermelon. Remember to take out the flesh in nice big pieces so they can be used later either as melon balls or cut into shapes with the cookie cutters.
- Remove the inner flesh all the way down to the base of the carving.
- Now use your channel knife to create a decorative rim of the bucket around 1”-2” from the top.
- Next find the large pieces of flesh that you have taken and remove any rind. Create pieces about 1/2″ thick and use these to create shapes with the cookie cutters.For some color variation try cutting shapes out of honeydew melons, or alternatively use the white watermelon rind for some purely decorative pieces. Allow any juices to drain away by placing the cut shapes on a paper towel.
- With any left-over smaller pieces of flesh, cut them into either melon balls or cubes. Allow these pieces to drain and then mix with any other fruit of choice such as berries and use to fill the bucket.
- The cut out shapes work great for decorating the top and area surrounding the bucket. Light colored cake mix can look great as sand!