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How to Make an Edible Watermelon Head

By Edited Feb 11, 2016 4 19
Picture by DLW

This watermelon head is a fun edible centerpiece! It's also a healthy dessert that you can serve anytime without feeling guilty. It's simple to make and fun for all. The "Hair" is the dessert but you can also eat the "Face."

Things You Will Need

  • 1 large Watermelon
  • 11/2 - 2 Melons
  • 11/2 - 2 Cantaloupes
  • Approximately 80 Red Grapes
  • 2 Kiwi slices (eyes)
  • 2 Blueberries (eyeballs)
  • 1/2 of a Banana (nose)
  • 1 Orange slice (mouth)
  • Approximately 43 Skewer Sticks
  • Melon Baller (Small)
  • Knife

Step 1


Cut the watermelon in half, use the melon-baller to scoop-out watermelon balls and place them in a bowl (you will need at least 40 balls). Put the bowl in the refrigerator until ready to use. Set aside half of the watermelon shell for the "head" (you can also keep this in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble).

Cut the melons in half, take-out the seeds. Then use the melon-baller to scoop-out melon balls and place in a bowl (you will need 40 balls). Set the bowl in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Cut the cantaloupes in half, take-out the seeds. Then use the melon baller to scoop-out cantaloupe balls and place in a bowl (you will need 40 balls). Set the bowl in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Wash the red grapes and take them off the vine; place in a bowl and place in the refrigerator.

Step 2

The Hair:

There are two ways you can put the fruit hair on the watermelon head;

1.) Using 40 skewer sticks; one-by-one, stick 1/4 of the skewer stick in the watermelon shell where the hair should go. When the all the sticks are in place, you can begin to place the fruit. Place a red grape at the base of each stick, followed by three melon balls (alternating each melon) and ending with another red grape (do not put the grape all the way through the stick).


2.) Using 40 skewer sticks; place a red grape at the bottom of the stick, leaving about 1/4 of the stick exposed. Follow with three melon balls (alternate melon balls); do not place the second red grape on the stick yet. As you complete each skewer stick, lay it on a flat surface and keep them in the refrigerator until you have finished all the sticks. Place the sticks on the watermelon head and top each stick with another red grape, making sure not to stick it all the way through.

Don't make the rows uniform, improvise and place the sticks where they look best. Continue until you have completely covered the top of the watermelon.

Step 3

The Face:

Next, it's on to the face. Cut a skewer stick in half. Peel and cut two kiwi slices. Place a sliced kiwi on the face as an eye and stick the skewer in the middle, leaving enough of the skewer sticking out for the blueberry. Next, place a blueberry half-way on the top of the skewer, do not poke all the way through. Repeat this step for the second eye.

The next step is the "nose." Stick a skewer half-way into the middle of the face, where the nose would go. Cut a banana in half, leaving the peel on. Using the bottom of the banana, place the cut side on the skewer and slide as far down as it can go.

The last step is the mouth. Slice an orange into the shape of a mouth. Cut a skewer in half. Holding the orange slice in the bottom of the face, stick a half of the skewer into each side of the sliced orange.

Try not to have any of the skewer sticks showing on the face.

Step 4

Final Step (Refrigerate):

Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat.

This is a great idea for a child's birthday party, picnic, barbeque, or anytime! So, the next time you're invited to a casual get together, volunteer to bring a "Fruit dish," then surprise everyone with this edible watermelon head!

Tips & Warnings

Be careful when working with sharp knifes and skewers.



Jul 28, 2010 4:20pm
Great article, loved the title haha Always wondered how to do that (and other fruit carving stuff!).
Jul 31, 2010 6:05pm
Hi Kevin Marx; Thank you for your comment!
Jul 29, 2010 1:49pm
Really cute idea!
Jul 31, 2010 6:06pm
Thanks, divaonline!
Aug 3, 2010 8:41am
Very creative, and yes it looks like it would taste terrific too....yum...
Aug 4, 2010 9:49pm
Thank you eileen!
Aug 3, 2010 10:45am
What a charming party idea. Kids will love it!
Aug 4, 2010 9:50pm
Hi Deborah-Diane, thank you for the comment!
Aug 6, 2010 9:44am
Great edible watermelon head.
Aug 9, 2010 4:03pm
Thanks Lynsuz!
Aug 9, 2010 4:06pm
Thanks Lynsuz!
Sep 4, 2010 3:54am
this is great! Going to attempt it at my next party!!
Sep 4, 2010 7:44pm
Thanks LLL, all the best!
Sep 4, 2010 2:18pm
What a great fruit dessert! Your idea and instructions are super. Thanks for sharing.
Sep 4, 2010 7:45pm
Hi southerngirl09, thank you for the comment!
Sep 5, 2010 5:52pm
What a fun and unique watermelon piece. Kids will love this!
Sep 5, 2010 10:56pm
Thanks cosmopinkice!
Oct 8, 2010 5:25pm
This is too cute, and beautiful, too. I've seen variations of the edible watermelon head on cruise ships, but I never knew how to make one. Your instructions are clear and easy, and it is definitely something I will try. Thanks for sharing.
Oct 9, 2010 1:12pm
Thank you jeni10!
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