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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!
 
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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 4 total) 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.
Pra_ga11 months ago
Nice tutorial ...
And great pics too :)
Stephanefalies (author)  Pra_ga11 months ago
Thank you!
mcraghead11 months 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)  mcraghead11 months 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!
jonipinkney11 months 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)  jonipinkney11 months 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!
Chimex1411 months ago
Dat legend of Zelda one. Absolutely Amazing.
Stephanefalies (author)  Chimex1411 months 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.
jhawkins1411 months 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)  jhawkins1411 months ago
Thanks so much for your vote and comments, I appreciate it!
LuckyLecky11 months ago
You should definitely do the Legend of Zelda tutorial.
Stephanefalies (author)  LuckyLecky11 months 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!
dawynecarlo11 months ago
Such a great sample of creation....
Stephanefalies (author)  dawynecarlo11 months ago
Thank you!
jhawkins1411 months 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)  jhawkins1411 months ago
Thanks! I hope you have fun with it. The way I'm burning through watermelons, I should consider planting them in my garden!
azharz11 months ago
I want that rose tutorial!
Stephanefalies (author)  azharz11 months ago
I'll get on that! Maybe if I have time this weekend!