Tiki Mask

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Serve this tiki mask with tropical fruit salad to wow your friends and family!

Overhead shot of tools used to carve the tiki including knife scoop and baller





  1. Using an oblong watermelon, slice ¼ inch off one end of watermelon.
  2. If hollow carving is desired, scoop watermelon flesh out of carving and then place on cut end to provide a stable base. (Top of watermelon will be round, uncut side)
  3. Use a pencil to draw the face, making adjustments in scale to your particular watermelon.
  4. Use a melon baller to scoop out nostrils - use a small paring knife to clean up edges.
  5. Next use a paring knife to cut out the inside mouth area, leaving room for the teeth.
  6. Next cut the individual teeth, using the same small paring knife, and use a spoon to dig out a large area of flesh for mouth cavity.
  7. Next carve out eyes, digging a deep cavity in each, for drama. Use a channel knife to carve details.
  8. Take two balls of watermelon from watermelon flesh, using a melon baller. Insert into eyes with toothpicks.
  9. Cut the crown of the pineapple off and place on top of the tiki with toothpicks. Cut remaining pineapple into cubes.
  10. Cut cubes of papaya and place on a tray with the tiki along with cubed watermelon and pineapple.

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This was a super fun centerpiece to create for my friend’s birthday. I love the adorable pineapple topper, it makes him pretty wild and very impressive. I was surprised how easy the topper was to connect to the watermelon bit with simple toothpicks, they put through smoothly but securely. Will definitely make this again!