I have included photos of some of my carvings including a watermelon rose, parrot, various flowers and more. Some of these are a bit more advanced, but a cantaloupe swan is a perfect starting point. Here I will guide you through constructing a beautiful and tasty swan.
Step 1: What You Will Need
Here are some of the common fruits and veggies I use to sculpt with:
many, many more
Step 2: Making a Swan
To begin we cut off one side (about two inches worth) of the melon to make a flat bottom. Do not throw this piece away as this will be used to carve the head.
Step 3: Carve the Swans Head
Step 4: Carve the Wings
Make cuts on the top and sides of the melon to make the feathers. We cut nested 45 degree cuts in sets of 4 or 5. This is best explained by looking at the photos and viewing the attached video. Make sure not to cut in too far, otherwise the wings will lose their structures.
Watch me carve the wings:
You can make a more complex swan (as I have done in the front page photo) by adding more sets of wings to add interest. You be the judge of this as it may depend on the size of your melon.
Step 5: Assemble and Finish
Fan out the wings and display your masterpiece. Use your imagination, make flowers, reeds, etc with various other fruits and veggies. I particularly like this to be the center of a beautiful and colorful fruit tray.
Note: this can be made in advance a few days before the party, just be sure to collapse the wings and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.