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Convertible Bug

 Materials
  • Slightly oblong watermelon
  • Paring knife
  • Melon baller
  • Toothpicks
 Instructions
  1. Using a slightly oblong watermelon, slice ¼ inch off the bottom lengthwise to provide a stable base. Use a pencil to trace out the outline of a car, including convertible top, doors, wheels and hood.
  2. Cut out the top portion of the watermelon, which will be used to create the windshield, bumpers, surfboard, and convertible back piece.
  3. Next, cut out bottom half of wheels, and then cut out the remaining bottom of watermelon to form the undercarriage of car.
  4. Use a paring knife to trace the detail lines for hood and doors. Then make the lines extra wide so they are visible from a distance. Use a channel knife to detail the rest of the wheel line, and to add the hubcap notches.
  5. Next, use a melon baller to make headlight holes, and fill each with a round peach piece, attached with small piece of a toothpick.
  6. Scoop out the remaining flesh inside the melon, and cut into squares for fruit salad.
  7. Use the carved out top section to cut a windshield, which can be peeled to make a lighter green. Attach with sturdy, round toothpicks.
  8. Cut the rounded end piece and turn upside down to use as back of convertible. Attach with toothpicks.
  9. Use remaining rind pieces to carve out bumpers and surfboard, and attach each with toothpicks.
  10. Fill with watermelon pieces, and accent with grapes, sliced peaches, and nectarines.
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