How to Carve a Watermelon

Have you ever carved a watermelon, like you would a pumpkin?

The idea didn’t occur to me until I was approached by Stephanie from the National Watermelon Promotion Board about participating in the Watermelon Carving Contest Blogger Challenge.  The challenge sounded fun so I enthusiastically agreed.

And then our watermelon arrived.

My husband and I stared at it, not quite sure where to begin.

Fortunately, there are carving recipes on the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s website. And there’s a category in the contest for duplicating one of those recipes.There are six categories altogether; the other five categories are for original creations.

We were inspired by the turtle carving and decided to make a crab, in honor of our home state, Maryland.

Watermelon Crab Carving

We created a fruit bowl from the watermelon crab carving.

It was a lot easier than we thought and a lot of fun, too.

First, we (and by we, I mean my husband; I took photos) cut the watermelon in half. Then, he scooped out the insides of each half with an ice cream scoop – we couldn’t find our melon baller.

Next, my husband drew an outline of a Maryland crab on the top half of the watermelon with a dry erase marker. Then, he cut out the rind along the outline.

To finish the crab, we used blueberries for eyes and filled the bottom half with the watermelon balls.

Maryland Crab Watermelon Carving

Our Maryland Crab watermelon carving

What would you carve out of watermelon? The 3rd Annual Watermelon Carving Contest is open through August 4, 2012 – the day after National Watermelon Day – so there’s still time to enter. You could win up to $600!

How to Carve a Watermelon

Our watermelon crab scuttling away.

For participating in the Watermelon Carving Contest Blogger Challenge, I received a watermelon, a Dexas watermelon cutting board, a Temple of Thai carving tool and a set of Lips and Love Basket heart shaped cookie cutters from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The ideas expressed above are my own.The watermelon crab creation is all my husband.

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