July 27th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

With the 2015 Watermelon Carving Contest drawing to a close (enter your carving here before August 3, at 11: p.m.), I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of my own carvings from the past 12 months.

When I scoured the What About Watermelon archives to see which carvings I had created between August 2014 and today, I was shocked to discover that my creations totaled only two. TWO! The bat and Stegosaurus you see below represent the body of my work during that period, which made me realize that I need to carve more often.

With that in mind, I’m currently accepting suggestions for what I should carve in August and September. If you’ve got any ideas, leave a comment!


I carved this bat “jack-o-melon” in October of last year as an alternative to the usual Halloween pumpkin carving. It was a relatively simple carving, with the only difficulties being the wings. They were hard to carve to make sure they were exactly the same size and shape (I’m a stickler for that type of stuff), and they weren’t easy to affix to the side of the bat. The toothpicks weren’t quite doing their job, but it all finally worked out.


My first carving of the 2015 season was the deliciously terrifying Stegosaurus you see above. On a simplicity scale, this one was only about a two. The body was super simple to make. The only real challenge was carving the head and tail, which weren’t all that hard to do.

UP NEXT: Our final National Watermelon Month prize

Remember: All comments left on the blog this month are entered to win our THREE weekly National Watermelon Month July prizes, so comment as often as you’d like! 


Don’t forget to enter our 2015 Watermelon Carving Contest! We still need plenty of entries in the “Beginner” category, so all you new carvers should definitely enter for a chance to win. The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM on August 3. There are $4,000 in prizes and the first 25 entrants will receive a Dexas watermelon cutting board. Check out the official contest web page for categories, judging criteria and how to enter!

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May 18th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

We’re only one month away from the start of summer, which means the big bin of watermelons has officially returned to grocery stores everywhere. And when the big bin of watermelons returns, it means I can restart my monthly tradition of carving demonstrations here on the blog.

To kick off the 2015 carving season, I’ve decided to ease into things with a carving that’s a little less ambitious than others that I’ll work on later this summer. It’s sort of like stretching before a big race.

To warm up, I’ve created a Watermelon Stegosaurus. As you’ll see from the photos below, on a difficulty scale of one to 10, this one is somewhere around a four, which is right where you want to start when you’re warming up for a busy summer of carving.


For this carving, you’ll need a larger, oblong watermelon. As always, you’ll want to give your watermelon a thorough cleaning before you start cutting!

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The first step is to cut out your Stegosaurus body. To do that, cut out the middle section of the watermelon (cutting lengthwise). Your slice should be about two inches thick. Once you’ve got your slice, cut off the bottom portion to create a flat base so your carving can stand upright.

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Using some of rind you cut off in the step above, cut off two pieces of rind and clean off the watermelon. After you’ve got those two pieces, you’ll use them to create your dinosaur head and tail.

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All that’s left now is to attach the head, tail and Stegosaurus plates on the back (the strawberries). Toothpicks will be used for this step, along with one toothpick for a Stegosaurus eye. You’ll also need to slice a few oranges for feet and use raisins for the toes.

For more watermelon-carving ideas, check out the carvings page of the National Watermelon Promotion Board website!

UP NEXT: Growing the world’s largest watermelon (part one)

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August 17th, 2010 by The Watermelon Guy

August 31 marks the deadline for the first National Watermelon Carving Contest and I wanted to send out one last reminder to send those entries in!

To recap, I’m looking for your best looking watermelon basket. Nothing fancy, just whatever you come up with. Send me a photo of your finished carving AND a photo of you with the carving to I haven’t received a TON of entries yet, which means the chance of your entry being named one of the four finalists and winning the grand prize is pretty good. (Seriously.)

What’s the grand prize, you ask? It’s the “Ultimate Watermelon Carving Kit”! Check it out here and feel free to check out more complete contest rules here. Good luck!

UP NEXT: Spotted in the grocery store

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July 22nd, 2010 by The Watermelon Guy

Just checking in to see how everyone’s watermelon carvings are coming for the National Watermelon Carving Contest. If you’re not familiar with the contest, here’s a recap in 50 words or less:

Carve a watermelon basket (nothing fancy, maybe something like this). Send photos to before August 31. I’ll pick four of the best. Readers will check them out and pick their favorite here on the blog in August. The winner will receive a prize which will be announced next week. Official rules can be found here.

By now, you should at least have an idea of what type of basket you want to carve. If not, don’t sweat it, just check out some of the designs on the National Watermelon Promotion Board website for inspiration.

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July 2nd, 2010 by The Watermelon Guy

As some of you might know, July is National Watermelon Month. As national food months go, National Watermelon Month, for me, is right up there with National Meat Month (January), National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month (November) and National Ice Cream Month (also July… yes, July will be a good month).

To celebrate National Watermelon Month, I’ve decided to use the What About Watermelon blog to host the “National Watermelon Carving Contest.” The rules are pretty simple and the prize is pretty nice, too (but more on that later… maybe).

All you need to do, between now and August 31, is send me photos of your  best watermelon carving. And when I say “carving,” I don’t mean those amazingly intricate carvings you’ve seen online. I’m talking about carved and hollowed out watermelons in the shape of cars, animals or just plain baskets and used to hold fruit salad. Sort of like the one above or  the one I made and wrote about previously on What About Watermelon.

Tips and ideas for carvings (feel free to make one of these) can be found on the National Watermelon Promotion Board website. At the end of August I’ll choose the four best carvings and post them here on What About Watermelon for a public vote in early September.

And now the good part. The winner of EACH category, as determined by the votes of watermelon fans across the nation, will receive… a very cool prize that I still need to figure out (anyone have any ideas?). Not bad for a little bit of work with your favorite fruit, huh? Throughout July and August, I’ll post reminders about the contest and some carving tips. The rest is up to you!


1. All carvings must be original creations, carved either by the person submitting the entry or with a little help from friends and family.

2. All entries must be accompanied by TWO photos: One photo of the finished carving (a few different photos from different angles is preferred) and one photo of the finished carving with the person submitting the entry. This part is important, so don’t forget to get both photos!

3. All entries must be emailed to before midnight on August 31.

4. Have fun! This part is also important. It doesn’t matter what your finished carving looks like; just send the picture,  because it might be one of the final four chosen by me or an honorable mention featured here on the blog!

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