Introduction: Simple Melon Carving

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This Instructable will show you how to do a simple melon carving technique that can be used to carve any type of melon. in this demo i will show you how to carve a cantaloupe.

Melon Carvings like these can be done in 5 or 10 minutes and look awesome on a buffet or to impress friends when you have a dinner party.

Step 1: Materials

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Heres what you need left to right:

Melon - in this case i used a cantaloupe

Fruit and vegetable carving knife- i show 2 styles here the thin bladed wooden handled knife is actually just a paring knife but it is one that has a thin blade this works pretty well for carving and is easy to find, i found this one at Sur la Table for around $6.

The yellow handled knife has a super thin blade and is the most ideal knife for fruit and vegetable carving. this type of knife is called a thai carving knife. they are sort of hard to find, the company that made this one is called Kom Kom . You can purchase one of these knives from

U/V cutter- basically it has two ends one is a channel in the shape of a V the other a U. you can find one of these at the same web site as the knife or high end kitchen supply stores may also sell them. And actually i have made my own as well.

Deba knife or chefs knife- you just need a large knife so that you can take slices off of the melon to create a base for the melon to stand up.

Step 2: Cutting Both Ends of the Melon

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Using your Deba or chef's knife.

Cut both ends of the melon take off just enough of each end to expose the flesh of the melon and make the melon where it will stand up on either end. you can see by my scrap pieces laying next to the melon you don't need to cut off much to make it stand up.

Step 3: Time to Start Carving

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start by sitting your melon upright (put whatever side looks the nicest upward)

next in the center of the exposed area stick the U cutter about 1/2" deep and rotate this will create a circle on the top of the melon.

Step 4: First Cut With the Thai Knife

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take your Thai knife and lay the blade flat on top of the melon with the tip touching the edge of the circle you just made. and what you want to do is basically just cut away a ring of melon from around the center circle.

the piece you remove needs to be a thin little donut
you are just doing this to make the center piece pop up

Step 5: Whip Out the U Cutter

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first take your U cutter and plunge it about 1/2" deep at an angle (look at the picture) so that the tip of the cutter is just under your center circle.

pull the cutter out and repeat immediately next to your last cut

work you way all the way around it should look like a flower when you are done

Step 6: Time to Relief the First Part of the Flower

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Next using your Thai knife plunge into the melon parallel to the table about 1/2" down the side of the melon (look at the pic)

now start working the knife all the way around the melon plunging the blade about 1" into the melon the whole way around

once you complete a cut all the way around the melon make a cut through the ring you just created and carefully remove it from the melon

if you did this correctly yours should look something like mine

Step 7: Everything Gets Very Easy From This Point

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Ok looking at your melon you have a little flower on the top the next step is just like the last.

using you U cutter plunge about 1/2" deep on the newly exposed flesh of the melon remembering to keep the cutter angled up

work your way all the way around just as you did before until you have gone all the way around the melon.

Step 8: Relieving the Next Ring

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In this step you will do just as you did before giving relief to the top flower.

only this time we are going to angle the knife down as you work your way around the flower remember slowly work you knife around the circumference of the melon going in about 1" the whole way around

once you complete the the circle do as before and cut a notch in the ring so that it can be slid away from the melon.

Step 9: Now Just Repeat and Repeat

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Basically what you have to do now is just keep repeating the last steps making your plunge marks

And then relieving the pedals with the Thai knife remember to stay angled up a bit

Step 10: When Do I Know When to Stop?

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You can stop making rows of pedals when you tilt the melon towards you on look at it straight on you should not be able to see any of the rind.

Step 11: Last Step!!

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Time to display

figure out which side you want it to lean on. and cut a notch into the side of the rind to lean the melon on.

also if any part of your melon seems to have come loose you can always make repairs using toothpicks (no one will notice, they are very easily hideable).

Step 12: Ready for Display

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Ta da. that was pretty easy wasn't it.

Hope you had fun

Please leave some comments or pictures on how your own Melon carvings turned out


AndreaB14 made it! (author)2015-06-09

I loved this tutorial! thank you so much!

bruh noice

ToolboxGuy (author)2016-09-06

Looks great, and the 'ible was simple to follow!

Question - How long did it take to do this?

heynipper (author)2015-05-29

looks great, I love it.

bfinestone (author)2014-11-23

that's amazing!

donty (author)2013-04-03

beautiful carving will try it today, thanks for posting and waiting for the radish tutorial

Zafthan (author)2010-12-01

Sweet instructable! You are so talented.

elisadasilva (author)2010-08-12

Wow I SO love this. I'm trying to learn how to carve melons and will try this first!

jtmjr (author)2010-06-10

This is Great thanks for posting Im gonna try this one tomorrow for a fruit basket

opcp (author)2009-09-05

I had to change it a bit to match the tools I had at hand but here is my first melon carving. Thanks heaps for the tutorial.

dustinbikes (author)opcp2009-09-06

Wow, your melon looks super amazing for your first ever attempt, I am glad you found the instructable helpful. And keep your eyes open because i plan on posting another fruit carving soon :)

dustinbikes (author)2008-12-22

You know what i will make a radish flower instructable for you in the near future thanks for the comment

porcupinemamma (author)2008-12-22

That is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. Now, about the radish rose... First you make the cuts, and then you plunge in water. Look on the internet, there must be a diagram. It is way simpler to make than the melon-lol

unbentcrayfish (author)2008-12-17

oh my god that is very cool, you have too much time on your hands... nice.

SFHandyman (author)2008-11-21

That is really stunning. I have to try this. Thanks for posting.

dustinbikes (author)2008-11-15

it works great on watermelons, honeydew, squash. kiwi and bananas not so much

Solderguy (author)2008-09-26

Will this work on other kind of fruit? Will this work on apples, watermelons, kiwi, bananas or anything like that?

watermelonhead (author)Solderguy2008-10-25

watermelons and apples, i'm guessing, will work.

Mr E Man (author)2008-10-22

Awesome job, Can you make a radish rose? I'd like to see that done like this was.. :) I knew a Thai chef that could I only remember the trick is to put the radish in some ice water before you start.. Don't ask me the rest..

wolfy_9005 (author)2008-10-13

i like this :) I saw a papaya carved in looke really complex. But i guess after 20-30 years of experiece it's really easy

ColdSpooky (author)2008-10-09

Thats awesome.

dustinbikes (author)2008-10-06

this will work on anything firm that will not oxidize, an apple oxidizes very quickly and even if you dip it in something acidulated it only stalls the apple from rotting away.....this technique is good for melons and squash mostly

clamoring (author)2008-09-27

Beautiful work!

milo0is0hot0 (author)2008-09-26

sooooo cooool i have to try this...

rotteneggsaresmelly (author)2008-09-26

feckin' sweet!

sajrs (author)2008-09-26

it's nice to see some of the cold larder techniques on 'ibles... it's a long time since i did fruit & veg carving... kinda makes me think of picking up a melon just for the sake of getting back those skills, thanks for the reminder

cluelesstyagi (author)2008-09-26


zwild1 (author)2008-09-25

Great ible! Nice clean and focused pics, great descriptions! I think I might try this one at some point.... Keep up the good work!

smashbob (author)2008-09-25

very simple with a great turnout. artistic. good i'ble. +1

ernestoaug (author)2008-09-25


pechka (author)2008-09-25

Wow! (But THAT'LL be the day, when a ripe melon survives around me longer than it takes me to get rid of the seeds and then gorge myself so rapidly that I risk choking to death----ripe honeydew melons ARE worth the risk, though!)

thesamhill (author)2008-09-25

Hey, that's awesome! When I make a pineapple, I cut the top off and set it on the plate. Then I stack the cut up bits all around it, with whatever else. Gotta love decorative fruit. But what's with the "melons make you sick" thing? I've been eating melons forever and I've never gotten sick from them.

dustinbikes (author)2008-09-25

yes the reason melons are potentially hazardous foods is that when bacteria is present on the outside of the fruit it is pulled into the flesh when the blade passes through the rind.

thematthatter (author)2008-09-25

you gotta be careful with melons because they are a potentially hazardous food. Unlike most fruits, melons dont have a lot of acidity to inhibit bacteria growth. So you got to make sure to scrub them down good. And keep them chilled. You dont want to give your guests 3 days of the two bucket blues :(

jongscx (author)thematthatter2008-09-25

well, you're not REALLY supposed to eat the decorative fruit anyway... just b/c you're not sure who's been handling it, and if they assumed you were gonna eat it or now (or if they washed their hands after using the bathroom...) it is pretty tho

Plasmana (author)2008-09-25

Wow! That is so cool! And easy too!

dustinbikes (author)2008-09-24

you can do this with some squashes too!

acm321 (author)2008-09-24

Too bad I'm allergic to melons...

dustinbikes (author)2008-09-24

you can buy a u/v cutter from that is where mine is from and once you get the hang of it a melon should take about 10 mins or so

pass-the-beans (author)2008-09-24

where do you get the u cutting knife. and about how long will it take to do a mellon that size?

whackpak (author)2008-09-24

very good Instructable with detailed photo's

FreshPineSent (author)2008-09-24
wupme (author)2008-09-24

In the small thumb on the homepage, i thought it was a durian. That looks awesome, i just can't come up with the time :(

mbudde (author)2008-09-24

So very awesome. Will do this.

JellyWoo (author)2008-09-24

that is so cool!!!!!!!!!! would look great at parties. you're very talented!

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