1. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of watermelon to provide a stable base.
2. Cut circular piece of the rind from the top, big enough to reach into to remove the flesh. Carefully remove that top section and reserve for later to be used as a lid.
3. Remove the flesh from inside the watermelon using melon-baller, reserving melon balls for snacking or a fruit salad. Once flesh is removed, drain any excess liquid from inside watermelon.
4. Using pen or knife, draw or scratch the outlines of eyes, nose, mouth, hair, ears or any other feature you want on the side of the watermelon, using a template as a guide.
5. Then, following the outlines, cut the features into the watermelon and remove excess rind. To create a 3-D effect with the features after you have cut them, push gently on the flaps of rind from inside the watermelon. (You can use toothpicks to prop the rind, if you want.)
6. A safe, battery-operated lamp can be firmly placed inside the watermelon to provide a haunting glow. Place the circular piece of rind that you reserved back on top of the watermelon, and your Jack O’Melon is ready to be displayed.
All materials provided by Family Features. To get more carving ideas and instructions, visit www.watermelon.org