- Read through the directions before you start.
- Drain cut watermelon and other fruit before placing it in the carving.
- When removing excess flesh try to leave it in big pieces – easier for making melon balls or cubes.
- Use a green dry erase marker – wipe off excess marker after making cuts.
- For robot decorations use brand-new hardware and pliers. Wash in a dishwasher or in hot soapy water to remove any residue or metal splinters.
- Wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.
- Stand on its end. Run knife around inside rim of rind and remove flesh in large chunks. Set aside for making cubes for fruit salad. Set on a pedestal made of stainless steel or aluminum. Set pedestal on clean cookie sheet.
- Placing the watermelon on its side, cut the watermelon in half. Take the half with the widest opening and trim off ¼”- ½” end. Be careful not to cut too deep into the white part of the rind – this would allow liquid to leak from the bottom of the carving.
- Take remaining half and stand on cut side. Trim away rind from top and sides. Cut a large rectangular shape with angled sides that will be used as the head. Leave remaining watermelon in large pieces for cutting cubes for salad.
- Affix antennae, eyes and mouth to the head piece. Secure head to back of body, using wooden skewers.
- Add arms to side of watermelon body by screwing conduit into the rind. Add legs and hardware to front of base to complete the appearance of a robot.
- Fill robot body with drained fruit cubes and add to tray for decoration.
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