7 Amazing Watermelon Sculptures That Look Almost Too Good to Eat

Cut different kinds of melon into a variety of shapes, using cookie cutters, melon ballers or a small knife. Mix them together or add summer berries.

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Wordplay

Adhere letter stickers to the watermelon, trace with a permanent marker, then use a linoleum cutter (available at craft stores) to etch away the skin.

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Instant Star

Press a large star cookie cutter into the watermelon, then cut along the lines with a paring knife and remove the shape. Scoop the fruit out with a metal spoon and fill with assorted berries.

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Drink Dispenser

Drink Dispenser
Using a paring knife and working at an angle, cut around one end of an oval watermelon to create a lid, then scoop out the fruit with a metal spoon. With a clean screwdriver, poke a hole about a third of the way up the watermelon, then use a paring knife to make it slightly smaller than your spigot (Stainless Works Beverage Spigot, $13.95; Amazon.com). Gently screw in the spigot so it fits snugly. Handwrite ” Enjoy” above the spigot in permanent marker, then use a linoleum cutter to trace the letters and etch away the skin. Fill with watermelon limeade, then replace the lid and position on a stand.

Sweet Ladybug

Halve a small red or lady apple. Cut a slit in the rounded side, then poke holes and insert peppercorn spots. Use half a toothpick to attach a blackberry gummy candy for the head, then push in apple stems for antennae.

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Hungry Hippo

Use a permanent marker to draw a large mouth on one end of an oval watermelon, then cut out with a paring knife; reserve the rind. Scoop out the fruit with a melon baller, then return to the mouth along with berries. From the reserved rind, cut four teeth, two half-circles and two slightly smaller circles for eyes, plus two teardrop ears. Use a linoleum cutter to etch away the skin on the teeth, eyes and ears as shown, then attach using toothpicks. Finish by etching nostrils and wrinkles next to the eyes.

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Swimming Dolphins

For the bowl Use a permanent marker to draw a simple wave design around the center of a small watermelon. With a large serrated knife, split the melon just above the design. Use a melon baller to scoop out the fruit; discard the top. Use a paring knife to cut along the wave line, discarding the pieces in between the pattern; repeat to smooth the edges. Return the melon balls to the bowl, adding other fruit, if desired.

For the dolphins Slice the stem of a banana, spritz with lemon juice (to keep from browning) and place a small raspberry inside. Poke holes and insert peppercorn eyes, then attach grapefruit gummy candies with toothpicks for fins and a tail, as shown. Position the dolphin inside or next to the wave bowl.

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The Tortoise and The Frog

For the tortoise Use a large serrated knife to cut an oval watermelon in half lengthwise. Scoop out the fruit. Draw a shell design in permanent marker on one half and add a matching border on the other half. With a linoleum cutter, trace the shell design to etch away the skin. From a second watermelon, cut five 4-in. pieces of rind for the head and legs; attach to the bottom half using toothpicks. Affix candy eyeballs with corn syrup. Fill with fruit, then use the top shell as a lid.

For the frog With a paring knife, cut a mouth into a round watermelon. From the cutout, carve a watermelon tongue and use a melon baller and the knife to make eyes from the rind; attach using toothpicks. Use a screwdriver to poke nostrils. From a second watermelon, use a large serrated knife to cut off the end, then cut it in half to create the two hind legs. Next, cut two 1-in.-thick wedges for the front legs. Using a paring knife, cut four feet from the rind. Secure, as shown, with toothpicks. When ready to serve, cut into pieces.

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