Take your summer dinner up a notch with a gorgeous DIY watermelon vase that's perfect for a backyard summer barbecue or indoor family gathering.

By Alice and Lois
Updated May 21, 2020
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This DIY centerpiece screams summer! Skip the expected glass vase and display your colorful flower arrangement in a carved watermelon. Creating your own handmade watermelon centerpiece is easy, inexpensive, and makes a must-have decoration for your next family summer dinner. Get our tips for carving your own and keeping your flowers fresh. Display it on your Fourth of July table or use it to brighten up your family barbecue. We'll show you how to easily hollow out a melon so none of the fruit goes to waste and plus, we’ll give you our best styling tips for the finished centerpiece.

How to Make a Carved Watermelon Centerpiece

Supplies Needed:

  • One large watermelon
  • Large knife
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Soaked floral foam
  • Fresh flowers

Step-by-Step Directions

Follow these simple how-to instructions to assemble your DIY summer centerpiece. You should be able to complete the project in under an hour.

Step 1: Prep the watermelon

Use a large kitchen knife to cut a thin slice from the bottom of the watermelon—this helps it stand up straight! If you find a watermelon that sits upright on its own, you can skip this step. Then cut a hole in the top of the watermelon. Create a wide opening, angling your knife toward the center as you push down; cut this opening the way you would cut around the stem of a carved pumpkin.

Step 2: Hollow out watermelon

Use a large ice cream scoop, like this OXO Ice Cream Scoop ($9, Target) to hollow out the watermelon. Scoop out the red part of the melon, scraping all the red and pink insides until you're left with just the green rind. Don't let the insides of the watermelon go to waste! They might not be as pretty as sliced or cubed watermelon pieces, but they're perfect for a summer smoothie or watermelon sorbet.

Step 3: Fill centerpiece

Use fresh flowers from the garden or a pretty store-bought bouquet to finish this showstopping centerpiece. We love the way the pink and purple flowers pop against the watermelon shell and the greenery in the bouquet. Opt for bright summer colors, or go with white and red flowers for a patriotic 4th of July centerpiece. Don't forget to add water! If you’re planning on making the watermelon centerpiece ahead of time, fill the cavity with soaked floral foam.

Comments (1)

June 21, 2018
That is indeed quite lovely! If you plan it for inside, do not leave it on the table! you will have skiddley jillion fruit flies!! Put it in the fridge! Trust me, I speak from experience!! enjoy!raf