This cheeky little owl carving will impress both children and grown ups. Use it as a creative centerpiece throughout dinner and then when its time for desert turn it round and reveal a fruit bowl.
1 Watermelon- yellow or red, oval in shape
Kitchen & paring knives
Green dry erase marker pen
Channel knife or use the top of a vegetable peeler
Chocolate wafer cookies- minis & regular
Seasonal fruits for the filling
- Rinse and dry the watermelon.
- Cut about 1/4 inch from one side of the watermelon to create a sturdy base.
- Choose the nicest side of the watermelon to become the face of the owl and then on the opposite side mark where you will cut out the back quarter to hold the fruit salad. Use the image above as a guide.
- Take a large kitchen knife and cut along the lines you marked. Then hollow out the entire watermelon, saving the flesh to use in the fruit salad.
- Take the rind that was removed from the back and draw and cut out 1 long eyebrow, 2 feet and a nose.
- With a channel knife of the top of a vegetable peeler, create the pattern on the lower front of the owl. The pattern should resemble feathers.
- Create the eyes using chocolate creme filled cookies. Separate two large ones, keeping the sides with the filling. Also separate two mini ones, keeping the sides with no feeling. Stick the mini cookies to the larger ones.
- Secure all features (nose, feel, eyebrows, eyes) to the watermelon using toothpicks.
- Finally fill the carving with fresh fruit salad.