When you finally bring that prized watermelon inside after watching it grow all summer long in the garden, use it to make a colorful and interesting fruit-carving basket. Carefully draw the outline of a basket on your watermelon then cut along the lines you drew. In no time, you will have the beginnings of a fruit basket. Hollow out the inside of the basket by removing the watermelon fruit and then fill the empty basket with a variety of fruits for a delicious fruit salad.
Rinse the watermelon in cool water and place the watermelon on the cutting board. Examine the watermelon to determine what will be the most attractive side to use as the top of the basket and what will be the best side to use as the bottom of the basket.
Use the chef's knife to remove a thin piece of the watermelon rind on the bottom of the watermelon. This will create a flat edge for the watermelon basket to sit on.
Draw a horizontal line around the entire watermelon at the halfway point. Draw a 2-inch-wide handle in the middle of the watermelon extending up from the horizontal line. You should now have the bottom of the basket drawn (the horizontal line) and the handle drawn (two vertical lines).
Cut along the lines carefully with the paring knife or garnishing tool. Cut the handle first by cutting along both vertical lines over the top of the watermelon. Cut the horizontal lines next, being careful not to cut through the base of the handle along the horizontal line. Stop cutting the horizontal line when you come to the vertical handle lines.
Insert the chef's knife more deeply through the cuts made in Step 4 so that you can remove both the left and right upper sides of the watermelon. Set these pieces aside for use in the fruit salad.
Use the paring knife to hollow out the remaining side portions to create the basket. Scrape the sides with a spoon so they are smooth. Remove the watermelon from the inside area of the handle. Do not make the arch part of the handle too thin--make the handle at least 2 inches thick.
Prepare the other fruit by cutting it into small chunks. Cut the reserved watermelon into small chunks. Combine the fruits and place them into the hollowed-out cavities of the watermelon basket.