Introduction: Watermelon Carving Basics: Roses!

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Due to the success of the Sunflower Watermelon Carving Instructable and the interest in wanting to see how the Roses were made, I have gone ahead and made this Instructable. An easy how-to for carving Roses into a watermelon. Enjoy and have fun!

Step 1: Supplies!

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You'll need:
One watermelon
Paring knife
Medium circle cookie cutter

Step 2: Let's Begin!

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Start by using your paring knife to trace a circle on the side of the watermelon you want to carve. Once you have cut out a circle template to follow, use the paring knife to peel away the green part of the watermelon rind, leaving the white fleshy part exposed.

Note: Save some of the bigger pieces of green that you peel off. Those will be needed down the line!

Step 3: Clean It Up!

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After peeling away the green bits, you'll see that there are darker parts of the rind that you might have missed due to uneven cutting. No problem, just grab the paring knife and clean it up by peeling away as much of the greenish coloring as possible until only white rind is showing. It doesn't have to be perfect though so don't spend hours on it or you'll end up carving away all the white part and hit the fruit instead!

Step 4: Make Some Leaves!

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So remember those green parts I had you save! Grab those and cut out a few leaves. (I made 3 total for mine) Then carve out some detail and put those aside again for later. At this point you can dispose of all the rest of the unwanted rind.

Step 5: Starting the Roses!

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To start the rose, grab your circle cookie cutter and press it gently into the watermelon, no more than 1/3 of the cookie cutter in. You aren't cutting out shapes, just making an outline to follow.
After you cut the circle, use the paring knife to cut a ring around the circle and carve out some of the watermelon around it, making it appear more 3D.

Step 6: First Row of Petals!

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Take your paring knife and cut a small sliver off the circle in the shape of a crescent. Make this first cut straight down.
Next cut a sliver in front of the one you previously cut, but make this one at an angle towards the first cut. 
Pull the second sliver you made out and you have your first petal made.
Repeat this process around the circle for your first row of petals.

For a better understanding, take a look at the pictures posted that shows this process.

Step 7: Second Row of Petals!

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For the second row, you are going to continue cutting a thin crescent shaped sliver straight down, then cutting a second thin crescent sliver parallel to in at an angle towards your first cut sliver. Pull the second angled sliver out to complete the petal.
Repeat this process around the circle to complete your second row.

Again, for a better understanding, refer to the photos I posted.

Step 8: Third Row!

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Keep using the sliver cutting method further into the circle to create more rows of petals, getting smaller with each row closer to the center.

Step 9: Center of the Rose!

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When you get to the point of just a tiny bit of uncut circle in the middle. Use your paring knife to cut a hole in the middle of the last bit of the center. The center of your rose is now finished, time to move on to the outer layers!

Step 10: Outer Petals Pt. 1

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Unlike the inner layers, all cuts will be angled in this stage. The first cut you make should be angled at about 45 degrees. Make a wavy/curvy petal shaped cut.
Then behind that first cut ,at about a 20 degree angle, slice a rounded cut encircling your first cut. Pull this sliver out to make the first cut you made pop out from the melon.

This sounds more complicated than it really is, for a better understanding see the photos.

Step 11: Outer Petals Pt. 2!

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Continue making wavy/curvy petal cuts and cutting away part of the melon behind them to make them appear 3D.
The further from the center you get, the bigger the cuts and petals should become.

See photos for reference!

Step 12: Finishing the Rose!

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Go as far out as you would like, making the rose as big as you want. You can have it take up the whole melon, or part of it so you have multiple roses on one melon.
  1. In the photos you can see where I stopped, this is how big I wanted this rose. I included a side perspective so you can see the angles and such.

Step 13: Framing the Rose!

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Once you have completed the rose by making as many petals as you want. Finish it by framing it.
Like the sunflowers, cut a large circle around the flower at an angle and pull out the bit of melon.
This will make the rose look like it is popping out from the watermelon even more than it already does.

You can repeat this process to make more roses on your melon, or maybe mix it up with sunflowers and other things. Your choice! For this example I made 2 roses on my watermelon.

Step 14: Finishing Touches!

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Now that you have your roses all carved up, grab the leaves you made from the watermelon rind earlier and place them where you would like on the roses. Just slide them into the gaps. If you need to, use your paring knife to deepen the gaps so the leaves don't fall out and you are finished! Show off to friends and family, then slice it up and serve!

Also included an additional photo of a recent melon I carved that does include using the roses and my first attempt at flames.


BLUESKY93 (author)2016-05-13

So Awesome, just about to try it ! very readable !!! :) Well done you !

BLUESKY93 (author)2016-05-13

So Awesome, just about to try it ! very readable !!! :) Well done you !

chefranger (author)2015-09-20

Love it

RoyB4 (author)2015-03-17

I would love to send a watermelon to a girl I'm trying to romance, I've seen some photos online, they look fantastic. Is there anyone in the UK that would be interested in doing this for me and I can make a payment via paypal?

Or if someone could direct me to someone who does provide this service is would be so grateful?


krissyv (author)2013-09-04

Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I will be sharing this at our next 4H meeting! I voted!

Stephanefalies (author)krissyv2013-09-04

You are welcome! Thanks for the vote. Its appreciated!

bindark (author)Stephanefalies2014-12-30


jose.dminguez (author)2014-11-21

That's is awesome!!!!

Unusyal Tiqneecks (author)2014-03-30

Its very gOooood :)

Thank you for sharing

I will make it very soon

jancancel (author)2014-01-18

Thank you for sharing. This is very pretty..I will make it for my family this weekend.

poofrabbit (author)2013-09-17

Congratulations on your 1st prize win in the play with your food contest! You know, you should carve something up Halloween like and enter it in the Halloween food contest, imagine the possibilities you could have with a melon!

jungfong (author)2013-09-04

This is so cool. I saw "food" carving on a cruise once and thought I'd like to know how they do it. I might have to by two watermelons the next time I shop - one to eat and one to practice carving. Thanks so much for the instruction.

Stephanefalies (author)jungfong2013-09-04

You are very welcome. You should try it and have fun with it.

KROKKENOSTER (author)2013-09-04

Now to get this thing to live a long time

Let me know when you figure out how. I wouldn't mind keeping it longer.

bizshop (author)2013-09-03

Very cool! How long do you think these would look nice? Anything to make them last longer (thinking of doing in advance for party....

Stephanefalies (author)bizshop2013-09-04

If you wrap it up good I've kept it for 2 days. Its difficult to make it last long with the delicate nature of the fruit. It will dry out and wilt.

neilcp (author)2013-09-03

Wow... that was fantastic... It is so do-able now... Thanx VERY MUCH...... The step-by-step is brilliant....

neilcp (author)neilcp2013-09-03

And voted too... i hope YOU win!!!!!!!

Stephanefalies (author)neilcp2013-09-03

Thank you, the vote is appreciated and I'm glad you enjoy the Instructable.

pastanaut (author)2013-09-03

Really well done instructions and incredible results! Can't wait to try it.

Stephanefalies (author)pastanaut2013-09-03

Thanks. I always worry that I'm not describing things right. So that's why I take tons of pictures just in case. Lol. Have fun trying it!

rfhewitt (author)2013-09-03

You make it look easy. Easy enough to try! Thanks!

Stephanefalies (author)rfhewitt2013-09-03

You're welcome! It really isn't too tough at all, I hope you do give it a try.

craft-n-genius (author)2013-09-03

Oh, so beautiful! I have never seen a watermelon carving before.... Thank-you for sharing! (Again, these are just Gorgeous!)

Thanks! Glad to share it with ya!

kreeck (author)2013-09-02

You did a GREAT job!!

Stephanefalies (author)kreeck2013-09-03

Thank you!

marcellahella (author)2013-09-03

Voted! So nice!

Thanks so much, the vote is appreciated! :D

mikecraghead (author)2013-09-03

Once again, well done!

Since you're well out on the surface, your melon still has enough integrity that I bet you could chop up the insides and leave them in your rosy (or flaming) serving bowl (like these only way more interesting). Very cool!

A note that might help prospective carvers of watermelons and other things:
It's well worth the price to grab the cheapest wood carving set you can find: less than $5 (Google "wood carving set for kids"), basically just wooden dowels with metal tips. As an example: there's usually a blade with an L-shaped cross section that would be perfect for the initial rose petals in this Instructable. Obviously a paring knife works great, but the L-shaped tool might be more efficient since it cuts out a trench with one swipe, instead of the two required with a knife. Also, these small tools can help with control when you're getting really detailed, because it's harder to chop off large bits with one slip of the knife.

Also worthwhile are clay carving tools, most notably loops with a cutting edge. Ray Villafane and his evil henchmen all use such tools to gruesome effect on some of the most disturbingly carved pumpkins on Earth, but the tools and skills translate quite well to watermeloncraft (but watch out for cephalopods).



Thanks Mike! And good idea suggesting better tools. I did go out and get a set of vegetable and fruit carving tools. It's a nice little 20-piece set up of different shaped blades to make easier cuts too. I got it off e-bay for only $16 when said and done. So this doesn't have to be the most expensive hobby as Mike said, it is worth it to invest a few dollars!
The hunger games watermelon was the first one I carved with my new set and it made things way faster.

mygibzone (author)2013-09-02

This is beautiful! You are very talented! I tried my hand at watermelon carving did not go well ;)

Stephanefalies (author)mygibzone2013-09-02

Thanks! I have no idea where this talent came from, but it's definitely entertaining!

MechanicalJayhawk (author)2013-09-02

This is very cool. Instructables like this give the site great variety. This looks like a great "stepping-stone" instructable for someone new to move on to bigger things. Thanks for posting this, I may try it when I get my hands on a watermelon.

Thanks! It is fun to play around with and experiment on watermelons with carving. And if worse comes to worst, you just chop it up and eat it, no harm done!

solobo (author)2013-09-02

Beautiful carving, and very nice pictures. Thanks!

Stephanefalies (author)solobo2013-09-02

Thank you!

jessyratfink (author)2013-09-01

This is fantastic! Very pretty. :D

Thank you!

poofrabbit (author)2013-09-01

Oh man this is just lovely!! How long did it take you to learn to do this?

Actually I've only been at this for one month now. I had seen a demonstration years back and pictures of carved watermelons and one day just thought I'd give it a go. Grabbed a paring knife and a watermelon and started messing around. Believe it or not, this Rose watermelon is only my 5th watermelon carving. It's been fun.

Wow! That's impressive, they look amazing!

mole1 (author)2013-09-01

Amazing! Thanks for posting this!

Stephanefalies (author)mole12013-09-01

You're welcome! Thanks for the comment!

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