Watermelon Turtle

Let’s take a break from baking and talk about watermelons! It’s been a while since I last posted and I don’t have any baking projects I want to show, but I did work on a watermelon project over the weekend. Summertime is a great time to exercise your watermelon cutting skills and through Pinterest, I came across a website where I was inspired by what others have done with watermelons thus far. I’ve never really created anything special with watermelons, except make a basket out of them when I was younger, but when I saw this turtle, I knew that was my next project.

Tools: a long knife, paring knife, channel knife, toothpicks, and melon baller.

Ingredients: 1 oblong seedless watermelon, blueberries, grapes, and 2 peppercorns.

I searched many places for the channel knife – Target, Crate & Barrel, Chef Central, Bed, Bath, & Beyond – and all the employees gave me a blank stare when I asked if they carried channel knives. Surprisingly, IKEA had them and they come together with a melon baller too. If you’re not on a time crunch, you can purchase these online. Amazon.com has a lot to choose from.

Below is the process work and the final product. I didn’t follow all the instructions on the website, such as not using the dry erase marker, so I’ll give you my version according to what I did.

Instructions:

  1. Choose an oblong seedless watermelon for carving.
  2. Wash watermelon and pat dry.
  3. Cut in half lengthwise.
  4. Cut a slice no more than 1/4″ thick off the bottom, lengthwise, to create a flat base.
  5. Hollow out both sides, using a melon baller.
  6. Carve out block design in the bottom side, using a channel knife. (Copy from photo).
  7. Take the top half, cut that in half lengthwise. The top portion will be the shell. The bottom portion of the top half will be for the head, legs, and tail.
  8. Draw the legs and head on top piece (not being used for the shell) by lightly scoring with the tip of the paring knife. I went about 0.5 mm – 1 mm deep.
  9. After the sketch lines look ok, cut through the piece all the way, using the paring knife.
  10. Carve the shell design using the channel knife.
  11. Add peppercorns to the eye holes to fill.
  12. Fill bottom with fruit salad.
  13. Attach legs, head, and tail to shell using strong toothpicks or skewers, and put on top of salad.

Scooped out the inside of the watermelon using a melon baller

Made the block design around the bottom piece using a channel knife

Cutting out the limbs, head, and tail

Using the channel knife to create the turtle shell pattern

Attached limbs, head, and tail to the shell with toothpicks. Cut out small holes for the peppercorn to create eyes. Added the fruit salad.

Finished watermelon turtle