A Creative Fruit Basket

Well hello there My Crafting Attic, I have missed you! The past two months have been a whirlwind. I spent three weeks in NJ with my parents while Rob was away training for his upcoming deployment. While there, I flew to Chicago for BlogHer’13. Then we got to spend an amazing week in LBI for a family reunion. 
We ate a ton of yummy food and I have some great recipes to share with you all. My favorite project we did while there was this awesome fruit basket made from a watermelon. My mom decided we should get crazy with it after finding a ton of inspiration on, you guessed it, Pinterest. 

We used permanent marker to draw a rough sketch of where we should cut. 

The first cut was to make the bottom of the basket level for easier cutting and so it was nice and strudy on display. 

It took a little time to make the cuts but it was important to make sure the handle of the basket was made with enough of the rind that it would be nice and strong. 
 

My mom found some adorable cookie cutters that were perfect to fill the basket up with. 

We used watermelon, pineapple and cantaloupe for the sea animals and blueberries for the eyes and even a black pearl in the oyster! 

As a final touch, my sister carved HUG (initials of the three families at the reunion) into the watermelon. 

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