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Fruit Carving: Watermelon Flowering Garden.

Fruit carving

Materials used: one oblong seeded watermelon, one small yellow watermelon (or substitute mini red watermelon or pineapple), flower shape cookie cutters, melon baller, 15-20 Skewers for flower stems, 40-50 Popsicle or jumbo craft sticks for picket fence, toothpicks, hot glue gun, green food coloring and pipe cleaners (optional).

Step 1. Wash the watermelons. Cut a 1/4 inch slice off the bottom of the oblong watermelon to provide a stable base. Cut the top 1/3 off the watermelon lengthwise to provide the flower bed.

Step 2. Cut out flat pieces from the flesh of the slice and from flesh from the flower bed piece. Use cookie cutters (or free hand cut) for the desired shapes for flowers. Be sure to cut shapes from the yellow watermelon as well. (Shown are daisies and tulips.)

Step 3. Soak skewers in green food coloring, and set on paper towel to dry.

Step 4. Use a small melon baller to create flower centers from both the yellow and red watermelons. Assemble the flowers by attaching the center balls with toothpicks. Place entire flower head on tinted green skewers. Insert skewer flower stems into base flower bed. Be sure to alternate colors and feel free to experiment with other colorful fruits like cantaloupe or blueberries.

Step 5. Fill the basket flower bed with the rest of the fruit in flower shapes and balls. Shape a couple pipe cleaners into leaves and carefully attach to the skewer stems.

Step 6. Using extreme caution use a hot glue gun to attach the Popsicle sticks around the flower bed as shown to create a fence for the garden. Garnish with other fun shapes such as butterflies or honeybees.

Photo and directions courtesy of
http://www.watermelon.org

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