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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!
 
 
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Step 1: Supplies!

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

Step 2: Let's Begin!

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.

Its very gOooood :)

Thank you for sharing

I will make it very soon

jancancel8 months ago

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

poofrabbit1 year ago
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!
jungfong1 year ago
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)  jungfong1 year ago
You are very welcome. You should try it and have fun with it.
krissyv1 year ago
Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I will be sharing this at our next 4H meeting! I voted!
Stephanefalies (author)  krissyv1 year ago
You are welcome! Thanks for the vote. Its appreciated!
Now to get this thing to live a long time
Stephanefalies (author)  KROKKENOSTER1 year ago
Let me know when you figure out how. I wouldn't mind keeping it longer.
bizshop1 year ago
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)  bizshop1 year ago
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.
neilcp1 year ago
Wow... that was fantastic... It is so do-able now... Thanx VERY MUCH...... The step-by-step is brilliant....
neilcp neilcp1 year ago
And voted too... i hope YOU win!!!!!!!
Stephanefalies (author)  neilcp1 year ago
Thank you, the vote is appreciated and I'm glad you enjoy the Instructable.
pastanaut1 year ago
Really well done instructions and incredible results! Can't wait to try it.
Stephanefalies (author)  pastanaut1 year ago
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!
rfhewitt1 year ago
You make it look easy. Easy enough to try! Thanks!
Stephanefalies (author)  rfhewitt1 year ago
You're welcome! It really isn't too tough at all, I hope you do give it a try.
Oh, so beautiful! I have never seen a watermelon carving before.... Thank-you for sharing! (Again, these are just Gorgeous!)
Stephanefalies (author)  craft-n-genius1 year ago
Thanks! Glad to share it with ya!
kreeck1 year ago
You did a GREAT job!!
Stephanefalies (author)  kreeck1 year ago
Thank you!
Voted! So nice!
Stephanefalies (author)  marcellahella1 year ago
Thanks so much, the vote is appreciated! :D
mcraghead1 year ago
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).

Cheers!

Mike
Stephanefalies (author)  mcraghead1 year ago
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.
mygibzone1 year ago
This is beautiful! You are very talented! I tried my hand at watermelon carving before...it did not go well ;)
Stephanefalies (author)  mygibzone1 year ago
Thanks! I have no idea where this talent came from, but it's definitely entertaining!
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!
solobo1 year ago
Beautiful carving, and very nice pictures. Thanks!
Stephanefalies (author)  solobo1 year ago
Thank you!
This is fantastic! Very pretty. :D
Stephanefalies (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Thank you!
poofrabbit1 year ago
Oh man this is just lovely!! How long did it take you to learn to do this?
Stephanefalies (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
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!
mole11 year ago
Amazing! Thanks for posting this!
Stephanefalies (author)  mole11 year ago
You're welcome! Thanks for the comment!