Not quite a Pilgrim ship but a cute centerpiece
on your Thanksgiving table.
Use your imagination to decorate the ship
of your dreams for any celebration!
The National Watermelon Board
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Sharp pointed utensil
Long wooden skewer
Choose a large, oblong watermelon for this project.
Cut a thin slice from the bottom to provide a stable base.
Draw the outlines for the ship as shown in the pattern image.
Use a knife or decorating tool to cut along the lines of the pattern.
Cut all the way through the rind.
Remove the top section of rind; it may be easier to make a deep cut across
the top section and remove it in two pieces.
Cut the sail from a section of the rind you removed.
You can write a message on the sail with a water-soluble black felt tip marker.
Attach the sail to the ship with a long wooden skewer.
Fill with approx. 3 cups of fruit salad, depending on the size of the melon.