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Watermelon grill with fruit kabobs

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

A creative watermelon centerpiece

You may have heard of grilled watermelon, but have you ever heard of a watermelon grill? Surprise guests at your next barbecue with this watermelon centerpiece that's functional and edible. Add some fruit kabobs, and you've got a grill that will thrill.
A creative watermelon centerpiece

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See a full video tutorial of how to make this fruit grill.

DIY watermelon grill centerpiece

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 1 round watermelon
  • 3 celery stalks (soak in cold water in the refrigerator overnight to stiffen)
  • Blackberries (for the "charcoal")
  • Assorted fruits for kabobs
  • Small cucumber or zucchini
  • Wooden skewers
  • Toothpicks



Cut holes in watermelon for grill legs

Make three holes, slightly smaller than the size of your celery stalk, in the bottom of the watermelon.

A creative watermelon centerpiece


Slice and hollow watermelon

Slice the watermelon. The bottom piece should be slightly larger than the top piece.

A creative watermelon centerpiece

Using a melon baller, hollow out the watermelon bowls. Save the melon balls for the fruit skewers.

A creative watermelon centerpiece


Create the grill grate

Insert wooden skewers into the top edge of the larger watermelon bowl,
pushing them through the other side until they're flush with the rind.

A creative watermelon centerpiece


Add charcoal

Remove one of the skewers and place blackberries in the bottom
of the watermelon for the "charcoal." Replace the skewer when done.

A creative watermelon centerpiece


Trim skewer ends for grill grate

Trim the wooden skewer ends with wire cutters or a pair
of kitchen shears until they're flush with the rind.

A creative watermelon centerpiece


Insert celery for grill legs

Insert three celery stalks into the holes on the bottom of the watermelon.
You may need to widen the holes slightly, but you want them to be tight. For added stability,
you can also insert wooden skewers for the "grill legs" and hide them with the celery stalks.

A creative watermelon centerpiece

A creative watermelon centerpiece

A creative watermelon centerpiece


Make fruit kabobs

Make fruit kabobs with small chucks of cantaloupe, strawberries,
kiwis, blueberries, grapes, pineapple and watermelon balls.

A creative watermelon centerpiece


Put kabobs on the grill

Place the fruit kabobs on and around the watermelon grill.

A creative watermelon centerpiece


Make a grill lid

To make the grill "lid," attach a small piece of cucumber or zucchini
to the top of the smaller watermelon bowl with toothpicks. The lid can be propped
on the side of the watermelon grill by inserting more toothpicks to secure it in place.

A creative watermelon centerpiece

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