Sunday, October 31, 2010

Watermelon Lantern Tutorial

I love to carve watermelons..Last year I had carved a peacock .. Then some time back I carved a ship of which I did a tutorial here. This time I thought of making a lantern from an watermelon. Last week I did a Diwali-themed table decor  which had the carved watermelon lantern as the centerpiece.. 

It has a candle inside and it dazzles when it is dark!!! So today I want to share with you the tutorial of how to make a watermelon lantern. 

So lets see how to make it !!!

For this you need:
A round watermelon
a carving knife( I use a Ikea carving knife)

To make a stable base for the lantern, I cut the bottom part and turned it upside down..
Then start making zig zag pattern on the top side. Remove the top slice and keep aside.
Start scooping the watermelon into another bowl.

With the sharp carving knife I started making cuts in the pattern.. Spontaneously I made cuts and patterns on the watermelon..

I scooped the melon till the bottom such that there was a hole at the base. .. I saved the carved pieces for decoration.. I scooped and carved the top slice and inserted it back into the zig zag portion.. 

Placed a candle on the center of the plate .. placed the watermelon on it ..Then decorated the plate with the cut pieces .. 

Now dim the lights and enjoy the warm glow and the pattern created by the carved watermelon lantern!!!!
Tip: To use this lantern for 4-5 days, keep the watermelon in the refrigerator after use. 

PS: If you are wondering how I made these mosaics. It is very easy. You can make them with your flickr images. Upload them on BigHugelabs site and in seconds your mosaics is ready!!!


HelenClyde said...

That looks beautiful! I´ve never tried carving a watermelon, but I´ve admired them when I was on vacation in Egypt, and now I really think I´d like to try it someday!

Anonymous said...

That is awesome!! You make it look so so easy.. Im sure... I cant do half as good as a job as this..

notyet100 said...

too good,..:-)
wish u happy diwali

Rekha said...

So cool, your ideas never fail to surprise me...gr8 post Purnima

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Awesome idea!..thanks for the post :)

Purnima@a creative project said...

Thanks Helen. Patty,notyet,Rekha and Sanghamitra!!!

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This is SOOOO creative. I love the idea