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  • 1 medium-to-large oval or oblong watermelon (seeded or seedless)
  • Kitchen knife & paring knife
  • Cutting board
  • Green dry erase marker or ¾”-1” thick
  • Painter’s trim tape
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Large bowl & spoon or scoop
  • Blueberries
  • Toothpicks or straight pins
  • Watermelon cubes
  • Watermelon nose, bow-tie, feet and beak (eyeball images to trim)
  • Blue gelatin cubes for water
  1. Wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.
  2. On a cutting board, place the watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4”-1/2” from the stem end, this will provide a sturdy base.
  3. Stand the watermelon upright on the base. Use a dry erase marker to do a simple outline of a penguin’s body, head and wings, using the front 1/2-1/3 of the watermelon. Use the carving image to sketch approximate shape.
  4. 1/3 the way from the bottom of the watermelon, draw a straight line around the back, being careful not to go through your penguin outline, this will create your serving bowl.
  5. Use the knife of your choice to carefully cut around and away your outline, leaving just the bowl & penguin attached.
  6. Hollow out the watermelon serving bowl portion with a spoon or scoop, reserving the watermelon pieces to make diced watermelon for filling.
  7. Use a vegetable peeler or paring knife to carve away the green skin of the watermelon to expose the white underneath to add detail for the face, cheeks, and belly.
  8. Scrap watermelon pieces can be made into a beak, bow tie, & web feet. Affix the beak, bow tie & 2 blueberries for eyes with toothpicks or straight-pins.
  9. Fill the bowl with cut fruit, place on a serving platter and place blue gelatin inside.
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