This adorable watermelon seal is a great favorite with the children. It not only looks great on the table but is also a fun way of eating fruit salad.
1 watermelon – seeded or seedless
Kitchen and paring knives
Green dry erase marker pen
A handful of toothpicks
Red toy ball (optional for decoration)
- Thoroughly read all instruction before beginning.
- Wash and drain all fruit used in the fruit salad before putting in the carving.
- When hollowing out the watermelon, take the fruit in large pieces so that it can be used later.
- A green dry erase marker pen is recommended for outlining the design as it can be rubbed off.
- Rinse under cool water and dry the watermelon.
- With the melon on one side cut 1/4″ from one side to create the base. Don’t cut too deep into the rind otherwise liquid may begin to seep out.
- Position the melon on its new base.
- Draw the seal design onto the watermelon, following the image above for guidance. Be careful when drawing the back flippers to ensure that when cut out the flippers remain securely attached to the body.
- Cut along your design using a paring knife. For clean and smooth lines, it is best to cut half way into the rind and remove this top layer before returning to remove the second layer of rind.
- Don’t attempt to remove the entire area of rind in one go, but rather work in small sections.
- Hollow out the body of the seal, keeping the flesh in large pieces to be used later in the fruit salad.
- Mark the outline of the side flippers and use the paring knife to gently score along the sides. Pushing from the inside out, gently force the flipper out so that it protrudes creating a 3D effect.
- Use a channel knife to create the features of the face and a paring knife to cut out a mouth. Purple grapes work well for the eyes and nose and toothpicks can be inserted and used as whiskers.
- Sit the carving on a plate.
- Fill with seasonal mixed fruit salad.
- For an extra touch, use toothpicks to secure a toy ball between the back flippers.