Patriotic Produce: Carving A Watermelon For The 4th Of July

We hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July! Yesterday we whipped up a little edible centerpiece in about fifteen minutes and couldn’t wait to eat it (and share the pics with you guys of course):


We were at John’s parent’s house when his mom found the recipe in one of her favorite cookbooks (Pillsbury: The Best Of Classic Cookbooks) and thought it would be a fun little project for us to take on. So we snagged a watermelon along with some pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, blueberries, and strawberries and got down to business. The first step was cutting off the top third of the watermelon (tip: you may have to even out the edge a bit if your cut isn’t perfect from the get-go; also it’s best to pose like a serial killer):


You may also have to cut a small slice off the bottom of the watermelon to ensure that it sits on the table without wobbling (we skipped that step because ours was miraculously a bit flat on one side). Then you cut out hunks of watermelon (eating a few as you go is mandatory) and hollow it out until it’s about two thirds empty. Here’s John making long criss-cross cuts:


We also took care to thin the sides of the watermelon with a melon-baller for a clean and bowl-like effect, so once we dumped hunks of tasty fruit back in it would look like a little basket of goodies:


Then came the detail work to create a quick little decorative star trio on the front edge. John’s mom happened to have a star-shaped cookie cutter on hand, so we used that along with a toothpick to pierce the watermelon in the five outer corners and four inner corners the of the star so we could remove the cookie cutter and use the holes as a guide to cut out three partial star shapes along the rim:


Then we just filled our patriotic little watermelon back up with fruit for a deeelicious and delectable result.


We also took the liberty of sticking a few small toothpic flags that John’s mom had laying around on the back rim for even more yay-USA flair. Here it is all set out on the middle of John’s parent’s table just waiting for lunch guests to dig in:


John’s parents had some pretty fabulous company so our centerpiece wasn’t just for our enjoyment. My very best friend Cat (who married John’s cousin to become a bona fide family member- as seen here) came over with her hubby Travis and their new baby in tow! Born just five days earlier, Elsa Kelley is a doll. Happy 4th of July little Elsa! Sorry you couldn’t enjoy a bit of fruit with the rest of us.


And our baby got into the 4th of July spirit too. Just look at him hanging out with his red, white, and blue buddy:


Happy 4th to you and yours!


  1. ronda w says

    Such a clever idea, I love it! And I so enjoy your blog, I read it everyday. Keep up the great work.

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Lynn,

      Congrats on your 50’s ranch! You’ll have tons of fun putting love and sweat into your new baby and we can’t wait to hear about all the adventures! Good luck…

      s (& j)

  2. Connie says

    The fruit bowl looks divine. And the baby is simply adorable. I bet you guys couldn’t stop looking at her.

  3. Jill Stigs says

    How clever………I would have just cut out the stars from pieces and stuck them on the edge w/toothpicks. Of course if I tried it John’s way, I would probably require a trip to the ER. LOL

    OH, that baby is so darn cute. That’s how I got my baby pangs…….seeing my niece and my husband (then boyfriend) holding her.

    Have a happy and safe 4th of July youngsters!

  4. says

    Hey there :0) Im glad you had a happy 4th :0) My husband and i are in escrow for our first house and we are super excited! As a result ive been surfing the web for cute decor and remodeling ideas and am so glad i came across your site! I LOVE all of the ideas!! My husband and i are total ‘do it yourselfers’ as well but im curious if youguys have any construction experience or if you just kinda ‘winged it’ (so to speak?) We have a bunch of do it yourself remodeling books and determination and im hoping thats enough to create a darling home :0)

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Tenille,

      Yup, we just learned as we went, and we certainly researched and googled along the way. One important word of advice would be to figure out what you can do yourself (John and I have learned that we’re good at basic demo, plumbing and electrical work) but also to figure out when it makes more sense to call in the experts (for example, a large in-wall pipe project in the bathroom left us calling in an expert and we’re so glad we did). All in all you can usually save money and learn as you go, but sometimes you actually save some dough by knowing when to call in someone who specializes in something if it’s a bit too complicated to avoid a major costly disaster. Hope it helps. Happy home improving!


    • YoungHouseLove says

      No. Way.

      We were just looking in the office organization aisle at Target that’s full of boxes and bins in that green moorish pattern. We love it!


  5. says

    What a great idea, and this actually looks easy!!
    I’m usually pretty intimidated by any food projects… so thanks for a great easy idea! I will try this out at our upcoming BBQ with friends :)

  6. Jo says

    Hi Guys. On a totally unrelated note, I just wanted to let you know of this fab company I have just discovered – Murchison-Hume. They produce premium organic house cleaning products. Thought you might like to take a look!
    Cheers and Happy 4th!

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