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Watermelon Carving Basics: Sunflowers!

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So I have this recently new hobby of mine, watermelon carving, that I am just having a blast with. So much so that I've purchased myself a fancy set to carve with. But before the set, I was having fun experimenting and creating carvings with nothing but a paring knife and a watermelon. I noticed that Instructables lacked Instructables on watermelon carving centerpieces, finding only a couple. So I decided to show some things I learned and create one for anyone looking to wow some of their friends and families at the next BBQ or party! This Instructable will center around showing you how to carve sunflowers into a watermelon. Hope you enjoy!

Step 1: Supplies!

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You'll need:
One watermelon
Paring knife
Medium circle cookie cutter
 
Pra_ga2 years ago
Nice tutorial ...
And great pics too :)
Stephanefalies (author)  Pra_ga2 years ago
Thank you!
mcraghead2 years ago
Great 'ible, well done!
I do pumpkins, and normally get some "time off" because pumpkins cease to be available for a good part of the year... but I was recently roped into carving a watermelon or two and it's clear that the season has expanded: Three colors! How cool is that?
Stephanefalies (author)  mcraghead2 years ago
It's funny because I usually carve melons but have been asked if I also carve pumpkins. Sort of the opposite of you. I've never really carved pumpkins other than the regular Halloween jack-o-lanterns. I imagine it's more difficult with pumpkin flesh being tough as opposed to the easier to cut watermelon flesh! I'll have to give it a go this fall though!
Hah! Funny indeed.

Actually I've found that most pumpkins behave quite a lot like the outer rind of the watermelon, so relief sculpting them is quite similar. You can definitely use the same tools and skills. But with a pumpkin you've only got a couple of inches of thickness to work with, whereas a watermelon just gets redder (and more fragile) as you go farther in. Pumpkins take the prize for a longer shelf life after carving and less sticky guts, but no pumpkin can beat the built-in drama of opposing color that comes with a watermelon.

Lately I've been thinking about combining them: maybe a gross red watermelon brain inside one of the icky critters I tend to carve? Eww, that's really disgusting... let's all do it!
jonipinkney2 years ago
This is awesome! Part of the beauty of it, like a sand painting or an ice scupture, is that it will be around for only a little while. I voted for you.
Stephanefalies (author)  jonipinkney2 years ago
Yeah, I agree! Everyone always feels bad destroying them to eat them, but I don't mind. The fun was in the enjoyment of making it and people admiring it.
Thanks so much for the vote, it's appreciated!
Chimex142 years ago
Dat legend of Zelda one. Absolutely Amazing.
Stephanefalies (author)  Chimex142 years ago
Thanks! It was a tough one, due to the different levels and detail using only a paring knife, but I had fun with it.
jhawkins142 years ago
I voted for you on the "Play With Your Food" contest. I think yours is the best one because (1) it fits the theme of the contest, I think, better than something you might find in a recipe, (2) you put all of the steps together, and I feel like I know exactly how to do this, (3) the sunflower design looks easy to do (no art-degree or gifted artistic ability required), yet the effect looks absolutely fantastic, and (4) at least for me, it is something that based on what you said I actually want to try.
Stephanefalies (author)  jhawkins142 years ago
Thanks so much for your vote and comments, I appreciate it!
LuckyLecky2 years ago
You should definitely do the Legend of Zelda tutorial.
Stephanefalies (author)  LuckyLecky2 years ago
I'll have to see, it's a more intermediate one with the detail, but maybe later down the line I'll get one posted!
dawynecarlo2 years ago
Such a great sample of creation....
Stephanefalies (author)  dawynecarlo2 years ago
Thank you!
jhawkins142 years ago
This is a really fantastic Instructable. And your timing is perfect too... I have a garden full of watermelons. I now realize they were waiting to be carved into works of art. Very, very well done!!!
Stephanefalies (author)  jhawkins142 years ago
Thanks! I hope you have fun with it. The way I'm burning through watermelons, I should consider planting them in my garden!
azharz2 years ago
I want that rose tutorial!
Stephanefalies (author)  azharz2 years ago
I'll get on that! Maybe if I have time this weekend!