"Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers" Center Piece

"When an armed and threatening power lands uninvited in our capitol, we don't meet him with tea and cookies!"

General Edmunds
-Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

...but perhaps they would enjoy a lovely vegetable platter with a a carrot/turnip representation of their invasion.

What you'll need
  • Carrot (1)
  • Turnip (1)
  • Cabbage (1/2)
  • Toothpicks (4-6)
  • Melon baller
  • Super-sharp knife (I used a carving knife meant for wood, but an X-ACTO blade would work)

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Step 1: Carve Carrot

Washington Monument
  • Cut ends of the carrot
  • Mark a square at the smaller end
  • Use the square as a guide to cut along each of the four sides
  • About 1/2" from the top of the smaller end, cut each side at an angle, forming the peak
  • Cut a notch in the side of the carrot just above the halfway point of the monument

Step 2: Turnip Time

Flying Saucer
  • Cut turnip
  • Cut turnip in half
  • Cut turnip half into a flatten cone
  • Trace around cone with sharp blade
  • Carve out 1/8" of turnip around the center, leaving a flat 'shelf'
  • Slice off top of the center circle - this will be used as the bottom of the ship

Step 3: Top of Flying Saucer

Use a melon baller on the other turnip half to get a perfectly rounded top for the ship.  Just scoop out a ball and slice off the top.

Step 4: Attack!

Construct the Invasion
  • Spear top, middle and bottom of the ship on a toothpick
  • Cut toothpick, leaving 1/8" remaining
  • Cut some small, triangular 'shards' of carrot
  • Cut the tips off a few toothpicks
  • Place edge of the ship into the notch and affix with a bit of toothpick
  • Fill in gaps with carrot pieces
  • Add more rubble by sticking toothpick tips into the carrot, near sight of impact
  • Press additional carrot bits onto toothpick ends

Step 5: Mount Monument

Not only is a half a head of cabbage an easy and stable vegetable to use in your centerpiece, but it also works nicely as the grassy mound around the monument itself.

Just affix the carrot to the center of the cabbage with a single toothpick and you're done.

Now enjoy your party before they reach earth...

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    8 Discussions

    OMG! That is... like... wow! I'm old enough to remember seeing that movie on Saturday night monster movies shows on TV, and I thought it was one of the coolest films ever! I ROFL when I saw the pic of your project! Great concept!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hilarious! If you're old enough to remember the movie, this will definitely make you smile.


    I think I laughed for a good 5 minutes. Words can not explain how awesome this is.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    It makes me feel like a giant :) !!!!! All inferior life forms will perish!!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    A clear case of, as my mother would say, "playing with my food". Bravo!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This totally ROCKS! Now all I need is a zucchini-based GORT robot Instructable!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Haha, that's excellent!

    Have a UFO themed Hallowe'en party, and use this as a centre-piece - what could maker a scarier meal for children than fresh vegetables?