How to make a Watermelon Serving Bowl

Summer’s coming! Well for those of us living in the non-temperate Northern Hemisphere it is anyway. And with summer comes the bountiful fresh fruit and frequent summer barbecues. Usually when I go to a barbeque I’ll like to bring some sort of dish with substance, to show off the homemade veggie burgers and quiches, but sometimes, you just gotta be lazy. Let someone else do that work for you.

When that happens my go-to dish is often a fruit salad. Because they’re delicious and healthy and there’s almost nothing better than fresh fruit! And it’s really something you can’t have too much of.

If I’m bringing a fruit salad, I still have my pride to look after, and can’t bring just your average fruit salad. There are, however, limited ways that you can dress up a fruit salad! Sure you can add some exciting tropical fruit, but it’s still a bunch of fruit mixed in a tupperware. So about 10 years ago, while I was in high school, I came up with the idea of making a bowl out of a watermelon. While I’m sure countless people had come up with the idea before, it was novel to me, being before the time where I started looking up absolutely everything up on the internet.

It’s extremely easy to make a watermelon bowl and sure does a lot to make fruit salad more exciting. I’ve included some easy step-by-step picture instructions. Feel free to experiment and change up the cut or design of the bowl and make it your own!

To begin, cut out two quarter sphere wedges from the watermelon. Make sure you cut the prettier side of the watermelon and not the side that sat on the ground (which will make a better base)

Next using a smaller knife cut out the flesh underneath what will become the handle of the bowl. Do not pick the bowl up by this handle! It’s for decoration purposes only.

Using a large spoon scoop out the flesh from what will become the bowl that will hold your fruit salad. Make sure to save this to use either in the fruit salad or eat on it’s own.

With a small pairing knife cut out a design from the edges of the bowl. Pick any diagonal or wave design you would like! Remember it does not have to be perfect, whatever you make will look great and it will be original every time.

There! You have your finished bowl!

Now fill it with whatever fruit salad you would like (mine here included: watermelon, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, pear, and banana)! Voila! a beautiful and unique serving dish for your fruit salad. I recommend transporting the actual fruit salad in a tupperware and then putting it in the bowl upon arriving to your picnic. Or if you don’t have much else to carry, wrap it up carefully with plastic wrap and place it at the bottom of a large paper or reusable bag for easy transport.


111 thoughts on “How to make a Watermelon Serving Bowl

    • Not long at all! It would depend on how meticulous a person you are, but if you’re like me, then probably 15-20 minutes. Now if you’re the Picasso of watermelon bowls, it could take a little longer & then no promises on time 😉

  1. Amazing! What a great idea for serving a fruit salad at a bbq. How easily would that transport to a picnic? It looks a bit precarious, and I worry the handle would break. But I’d love to make it for a party I’m hosting at home, or very nearby!

    • Well, like I said it should hold up just fine as long as you don’t carry it by the handle. You can put it in a bag (such as a reusable grocery or canvas bag) and carry it in the bag. And you can either keep the actual fruit salad in a separate tupperware if you’re concerned about it or wrap up the bowl in plastic wrap so nothing falls out!

  2. I’ve always seen these and wondered how to make them … and contemplated how many people must have lost fingers creating these masterpieces…

    Good to know all your digits survived! Wait…they did, didn’t they?


  3. Very interesting! I have found articles of a different shaped watermelon if your ever interested in growing them. Japan grows them in sqaure containers to make them fit in refridgerators easily. I just think they look super different and I bet there are a lot of ways you could decorate these too. If your interested just google square watermelons. Thanks for sharing, I always wondered how these were done!

  4. This is awesome, talk about being good for thee environment. It’s amazing what people come up with these days and this is indeed one of them. Its cost effective and recyclable, lol. Nah just playing but it is definitely an eye catcher -,o

  5. Like the simple instructions. I have made these before and they are always a “hit” at gatherings. Also, somehow, they seem to make the fruit more enjoyable. It’s also fun to serve an interesting cold soup in one of these too. Sometimes you have to carefully level out the bottom to make it sit squarely on the table. You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

  6. What a great idea. Unfortunately summer is finished here, and we went see watermelons for another 8 odd months. /jealous!

    Congrats on freshly pressed

  7. What a creative tip! I am throwing a baby shower in a few weeks and want to have fresh fruit as a dish. I’ll definitely try to do this. It will definitely jazz up the look.

  8. Reblogged this on Quriouser and commented:
    a delicious water melon basket! what a delightful idea for some refreshing breezy summer house parties. best of all, no need to clean up afterwards. definitely a tick in my books.

  9. I have never seen this and it is so beautiful! I can’t wait to bring this to a pot-luck this summer and blow people’s minds! I’ll give credit where credit is due, of course 😉

  10. Seriously? That’s awesome! I’ve always seen these but never considered making one myself. I’m so inspired! You made it look really easy. I’ll definitely be making one of these at my next summer soiree! Thank you!

  11. Now that’s summer fun if I’ve ever seen it! The whole family will be impressed with my new skills. 😉 Thanks for sharing.

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  17. How far in advance do you think I could make the basket – without the fruit salad in it? I need to make several for a large party.

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