Today I wanted to show you how easy it is to cut and arrange a watermelon for special occasions. :) I had no idea how hard I was making cutting watermelon up on myself until I tried this new technique:
Cut the end caps off the melon, place on one of the flat ends on a cutting board, and then slice the rind off vertically. This method wastes the least watermelon, makes the melon easiest to handle, and then presents you with an opportunity to craft with it!
|My watermelon after cutting with above technique and then cutting into rounds|
|leaves and flower center cut out|
|Fourth of July watermelon (this was before I learned the WAY easier way to cut the watermelon up)|
|more petals and leaves|
One of my favorite watermelon ideas (off Pinterest of course!) was to cut the melon into rounds like in the above pic, and then use cookie cutters on it to cut pieces. This is a fun way to make it special for any occasion. As you can see the possibilities are limitless. For my fun little flower tray all I did was use a Christmas holly leaf cookie cutter for the leaves, I had an oval scalloped wreath looking cookie cutter that I bent to be tear shaped for the petals, and then I used a biscuit cutter for the centers! Arrange aesthetically to your fancy. Also, to add a little more detail and some whimsy I used a wooden shishkabob skewer to carve spirals in the flower center, and details into the petals and leaves. Wala!
Short tutorial, I know, but it's pretty darn simple, so to go on further would be rambling! Happy cutting! ....okay that sounded a little sadistic, so, happy watermelon cutting! :)
Oh! One last thing- here is a great link to how to pick an amazing watermelon too. : http://fifteenspatulas.com/2011/04/25/how-to-pick-a-superstar-watermelon/