How To Carve A Watermelon Whale

You have the same question? How To Carve A Watermelon Whale! Here is an easy first watermelon carving project that the kids will love.

Chef Harvey Rosen, author of the most comprehensive series of garnishing books ever compiled, created this spectacular fruit salad filled watermelon centerpiece for the National Watermelon Promotion Board (who shared the instructions with us). It’s an easy first project that kids will love!

You will need

  • 1 oblong watermelon.
  • sharp pointed utensil.
  • sharp knife.
  • large spoon.
  • dried flowers.

Note: melon baller and V shaped cutting tool, optional*

Serves: A Lot!


  1. Choose a large, oblong watermelon for this project.
  2. Cut a thin slice from the bottom to provide a stable base. Draw the outlines for the whale as shown in the drawing at right.
  3. Use a knife or decorating tool to cut the decorated edges on the side, and a knife to cut the tail and head. Cut all the way through the rind.
  4. Remove the top section of rind; it can be cut into pieces to make removal easier.
  5. Carve the mouth and eyes, cutting only into the green outer layer.
  6. Cut a small, deep hole for a blowhole; inserting dried flowers for the water spout.
  7. Hollow the shell; fill with approx. 4 cups of fruit salad.

Melon Baller and V-Shaped Cutting Tool

These optional tools can help easily give your watermelon carvings a professional, polished look. Also great for other garnishing jobs too.

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