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How to Carve a Watermelon into a Rose

Create your own sweet-smelling centerpiece with a watermelon and a little ingenuity.


  • Step 1: Cut the bottom Place the watermelon on a towel to catch the juice. Cut off a small amount of the bottom of the watermelon to make a flat surface for it to stand up tall.
  • TIP: Place the watermelon on a turntable for easy maneuvering.
  • Step 2: Carve the skin Carve off the rind in large pieces and smooth the sides of the watermelon. Set the rind aside.
  • TIP: Use a vegetable peeler to smooth the sides.
  • Step 3: Cut a circle on top Cut a circle with a 2-inch diameter in the top of the melon. This circle will form the inside petals of your rose. Cut around the circumference of the circle so that the circle stands out from the rest of the watermelon.
  • Step 4: Carve pedals Carve half-circles in the outer edge of the 2-inch circle all the way around to form an entire circle of petals. Cut 2 more circles of petals to form the inside of the rose.
  • Step 5: Cut the outer pedals Cut the outer petals at a 45-degree angle. Start from the outer edge of your original 2-inch circle and work around to form an outer ring of petals. Continue cutting 2 or 3 more layers to finish the first flower.
  • Step 6: Form the leaves Cut the rind into leaf shapes. Form a circle of leaves on a plate and proudly display your work of art in the middle of the leaves.
  • FACT: The San people, who have lived in the Kalahari desert in southern Africa for over 20,000 years, stay hydrated from moisture they find in melon and plant roots when they can't find water.

You Will Need

  • Watermelon
  • Towel
  • Knife
  • Turntable (optional)
  • Vegetable peeler (optional)

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