Watermelon is one of my go-to party foods. It’s pretty universally liked, easy to serve, and reasonably priced. For Little Miss’ Dragon Party, I thought the food table was missing a little something. So I tried my hand at my first ever watermelon carving and made a watermelon dragon.
What you need for your watermelon dragon
- 1 watermelon
- wooden skewers
- sharp knife
- melon baller (optional)
How I made my watermelon dragon
I started by cutting the watermelon in half and scooping out all the fruit. I used a melon baller, but you can use any method you prefer. This half became the body of my dragon.
From the other half of the watermelon, I cut a slice from the cut side of the watermelon and set it aside. Then I scooped out the second half.
From the second half, I made the wings and feet of the dragon.
I used the natural curve of the watermelon to my advantage and just cut triangles for the wings.
To make the wings sit flush along the top of the body, I cut two small notches for each wing.
Then I attached the wings with the wooden skewers.
For the feet, I cut smaller triangles, but I used my melon baller to help made guidelines to cut out the toes. I wedged the feet under the body of the dragon.
Next, I moved onto the head. From the large slice I cut earlier, I cut out the length needed for the neck. Using my melon baller, I scooped the fruit away to leave a slightly scalloped edge.
I used skewers to attach the neck to the body of the watermelon dragon. To create the tail, I repeated this process with a smaller piece.
I felt like the head was still missing something, so I cut a small piece from the leftovers of the giant slice and attached it to the head of the dragon, to resemble an open mouth.
After I was OK with the placement of all the pieces, I cut the skewers down so they were not as noticeable.
Finally, I filled the dragon with watermelon and added it to the food table.
I was expecting the process of making a watermelon sculpture to be a lot longer, but since I used basic shapes, and let the curve of the watermelon work for me, it only took about 30 minutes.