How to Make a Honeydew Melon Basket Party Decoration

  • 01 of 08

    How to Make a Honeydew Melon Basket Party Decoration Step by Step Recipe

    Honeydew melon fruit basket
    Honeydew Melon Fruit Basket Party Decoration.

    Honeydew melons are members of the muskmelon family. They are the perfect fruit for this attractive party bowl because of their creamy yellow color and thin skin. Learn how to cut decorative flowers into the side of the honeydew and stain with food coloring for an elegant but easy edible party decoration or centerpiece. Simply follow these easy step-by-step instructions and fill with your favorite fruit salad or dip recipe.

    You will need:

    • Ripe honeydew melon.
    • Large sharp knife.
    • Razor blade knife or...MORE craft knife.
    •  Melon-ball tool (optional).
    • Washable non-toxic children's marker in a contrasting color.
    • White paper to draw flower (or other shape) for a template.
    • Food coloring.
    • Small inexpensive art paintbrush or cotton swabs.
    • Small sharp paring knife.
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  • 02 of 08

    How to Make a Honeydew Melon Basket Party Decoration Step by Step Recipe

    Cut thin slice from bottom of honeydew.

    With a large sharp knife, cut a very thin slice from the root-end of the melon. This will allow the melon to sit upright without wobbling.

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  • 03 of 08

    How to Make a Honeydew Melon Basket Party Decoration Step by Step Recipe

    Slice top of honeydew at an angle.
    • Turn the honeydew melon on its side with cut stem end to your left and blossom end to your right.
    • Place the knife about 1 inch to the left of center, then angle the knife to the right at about a 45-degree angle and slice the melon completely through.
    • Use the melon baller to remove the pulp from the top, reserving for fruit salad, then discard the top.
    • The reserved bottom will become your basket.
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  • 04 of 08

    How to Make a Honeydew Melon Basket Party Decoration Step by Step Recipe

    Trace flowers on honeydew basket.
    • Scoop out the seeds with a large spoon.
    • Use a melon-baller to remove edible honeydew pulp and reserve for fruit salad or other use.
    • Pat exterior of honeydew melon dry.
    • Cut out a flower shape (or shape of your choice) from paper to use as a template.
    • Beginning at the front (lowest cut side), use the washable non-toxic marker to trace around the flower template. Take care to space them evenly apart so they meet in the back.
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  • 05 of 08

    How to Make a Honeydew Melon Basket Party Decoration Step by Step Recipe

    Carve flowers from honeydew skin.
    • Using the craft knife, carefully carve away only the top layer of honeydew skin inside the flower shapes.
    • Mix equal parts food coloring and water. For this project, 3 drops red food coloring and 3 drops of water made plenty of edible paint.
    • Use a small craft paintbrush or cotton swab to dab the food coloring inside the flower cut-outs.
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  • 06 of 08

    How to Make a Honeydew Melon Basket Party Decoration Step by Step Recipe

    Carve notches in honeydew melon.
    • Carve evenly-spaced V-shaped notches around the top edge of the honeydew melon bowl.
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  • 07 of 08

    How to Make a Honeydew Melon Basket Party Decoration Step by Step Recipe

    Cut notches into petals.
    • Using a sharp paring knife, trim the edges of the notches into rounded half-moon shapes.
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  • 08 of 08

    How to Make a Honeydew Melon Basket Party Decoration Step by Step Recipe

    Honeydew melon fruit basket
    Honeydew Melon Fruit Basket Party Decoration.
    • Fill the finished bowl with fruit salad or dip.
    • Although honeydew melons make the most striking presentation because of their coloring, you can use this method on other melons such as cantaloupe, watermelon, Crenshaw melon, etc. However, be forewarned that the skin on other melons will be more difficult to carve. Sharp tools and attention to safety are a must to avoid kitchen accidents.​
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