4th of July centerpieces don't have to be red, white, and blue. This daring fruit centerpiece features a star-carved watermelon filled with fresh blueberries, kiwi, strawberries, and other festive fruits. Melon shooting stars and a wire handle threaded with blueberries complete the edible arrangement. We'll show you how to prepare this DIY centerpiece for your own holiday table.
Use a large kitchen knife to cut a thin portion from the bottom of the watermelon—this helps it stand up straight! If you find a watermelon that sits upright on it's 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.
Cut a 1-inch-wide strip from the self-stick shelf liner that is long enough to reach around the center or "equator" of the watermelon. Use multiple pieces, if needed, to fit. Then trace the star shapes from the pattern onto self-stick shelf liner and cut out the shapes. Continue tracing and cutting out stars until you have enough to fit around the center of the melon. Place the star cutouts on the centerline of the melon as shown in the pattern. Alternate large and small stars, and adjust the spacing between the stars as necessary.
Using a sharp knife, cut an oval opening in the top of the melon. Using a flat-edge ice cream scoop or large spoon, remove the pulp from the melon; place the pulp in a large container and set it aside.
Using a pumpkin carving saw and starting at the top opening of the watermelon, cut down to the star cutouts; carefully cut around each star and along the top of the centerline. Hold each star shape securely as you cut around it to prevent the star from breaking off. If one accidentally breaks, simply put the piece back on and secure it with toothpicks. Remove the star and centerline cutouts from the melon.
Use a melon baller or slice the reserved watermelon pulp to make small pieces. Repeat to make small pieces of honeydew melon and cantaloupe until the edible centerpiece is almost full. Slice strawberries, kiwifruits, and star fruit, then add the pieces to the watermelon bowl.
Cut several lengths of blue and red wire long enough to create the basket "handle." Thread blueberries onto the wires, and insert the cut ends into the sides of the basket. Then, using a star-shape cookie cutter, cut stars out of thick slices of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew. Place the melon stars on wooden skewers, adding blueberries between the pieces of fruit inside the watermelon.