Fruit carving is an old custom that originated in Eastern cultures. Chiff.com explains, "In Thailand and Japan food carving is considered part of the presentation of the meal. The stunning designs that can be created makes the food the center of attention when you serve your guests."
The art of fruit carving is one that takes not only patience, but practice also. Having the proper tools is a good idea as is practicing on some smaller fruit before you tackle a larger piece of fruit like a watermelon.
Choose a uniformly shaped watermelon. Wash and dry it thoroughly. Assemble your tools and watermelon on a large work area that is stable and well lit.
Lay the watermelon down on its side and with a tape measure and non-toxic marking pen, make a mark in the center top of the watermelon then draw equidistant lines from side to side and end to end for symmetry. Draw a seashell pattern on the watermelon with the marking pen, using the seashell picture for reference.
Turn the watermelon over to the side opposite where you made the lines with the marking pen. With a large knife, carefully cut a shallow disc shaped slice out of the rind to stabilize the bottom of the watermelon.
Turn the watermelon back over to the topside and with the large knife, slice the top of the watermelon off, being careful not to slice into your drawn sea shell pattern.
Scoop out the meat inside the watermelon with the melon baller and set aside. Scrape the inside of the watermelon with a large spoon until clean. Slice down into the watermelon rind to where the seashell drawing starts. Gently work the blade through the rind, following the pattern you've drawn. You may need to switch blades occasionally in order to get a clean line.
Replace the scooped out melon balls back into the watermelon after you're done carving. Mix different colored fruits such as strawberries, grapes and cantaloupe in with the melon balls to add a colorful and flavorful touch to your masterpiece.