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How to Make a Watermelon Baby Carriage: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated on April 19, 2016

Cute Baby Shower Ideas

If you are hosting a baby shower, you may be thinking about cute centerpiece ideas for the main table of your party. From flowers to balloons to diaper cakes, there are so many options for celebrating the upcoming birth of a new baby. For those of you planning on serving fruit at the party, you should consider making a super cute watermelon baby carriage. This fun centerpiece is really easy to make and guaranteed to make your guests smile.

Helping plan a baby shower for my sister's friend, I was given the task of creating a watermelon baby carriage. Although this was my first time making one, I was really pleased with the way it turned out. If you wish to create this unique centerpiece for your party, read further to find a list of supplies you will need and step-by-step directions.

Fruit Suggestions for Carriage

You Can Use:
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Grapes
Kiwi
Oranges
Pineapple
Strawberries
Watermelon

How to Make a Watermelon Baby Carriage

The best thing about making a watermelon baby carriage is how it serves as both fun table decor and a cute fruit basket. To give it a splash of color, choose a variety of fruits to fill the inside of your carriage. For our centerpiece, we used red and green seedless grapes, strawberries, oranges, and of course lots of watermelon. Check out the table to the right for a list of additional fruits you can add to your centerpiece.

To keep the fruit fresh, it is best to make this centerpiece the night before or the day of the baby shower. Be sure to keep it cool in a refrigerator or insulated cooler until your guests arrive. If the shower is outside, you may want to put a container of ice under the watermelon to keep the fruit from becoming too warm. Below you will find a list of supplies and directions for making a watermelon baby carriage.

Supplies:

  • Large watermelon

  • Variety of colorful fruits

  • Baking pan

  • Bowls or containers

  • Sharp knife

  • Marker or pen

  • Spoon

  • Toothpicks

How to Carve a Watermelon Baby Carriage

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Place watermelon on baking pan and slice thin layer on bottom to create stable base.A outline guide for the carriage opening and handle.Cut out opening of carriage with a sharp knife.Scoop out the watermelon and place in a separate container.Leave a thin red layer inside the watermelon.Cut small triangles along the opening of the watermelon to create a decorative edge.Cut out the inner triangle first. Then cut along the outside of the handle and trim off watermelon.Insert 2 toothpicks and attach to inside of carriage. Cut off excess length with scissors.This is what your carriage will look like before adding the wheels and fruit.Add orange slices and grapes for the wheels. Fill with fruit and enjoy!
Place watermelon on baking pan and slice thin layer on bottom to create stable base.
Place watermelon on baking pan and slice thin layer on bottom to create stable base. | Source
A outline guide for the carriage opening and handle.
A outline guide for the carriage opening and handle. | Source
Cut out opening of carriage with a sharp knife.
Cut out opening of carriage with a sharp knife. | Source
Scoop out the watermelon and place in a separate container.
Scoop out the watermelon and place in a separate container. | Source
Leave a thin red layer inside the watermelon.
Leave a thin red layer inside the watermelon. | Source
Cut small triangles along the opening of the watermelon to create a decorative edge.
Cut small triangles along the opening of the watermelon to create a decorative edge. | Source
Cut out the inner triangle first. Then cut along the outside of the handle and trim off watermelon.
Cut out the inner triangle first. Then cut along the outside of the handle and trim off watermelon. | Source
Insert 2 toothpicks and attach to inside of carriage. Cut off excess length with scissors.
Insert 2 toothpicks and attach to inside of carriage. Cut off excess length with scissors. | Source
This is what your carriage will look like before adding the wheels and fruit.
This is what your carriage will look like before adding the wheels and fruit. | Source
Add orange slices and grapes for the wheels. Fill with fruit and enjoy!
Add orange slices and grapes for the wheels. Fill with fruit and enjoy! | Source

More Ideas for the Watermelon Baby Carriage

Here are a few more cute ideas to decorate your watermelon baby carriage centerpiece:

  • Make a baby to place in your carriage. Use a cantaloupe as the head and attach grapes for the eyes. Slice a strawberry to add the lips.
  • Attach a ribbon along the outside the edge of the carriage opening or just make a bow for the top of the watermelon.
  • Make a string of toys out of fondant and hang from the top part of the carriage.
  • Use baby themed cookie cutters to cut out shapes from fruit and place inside and outside of watermelon carriage.

Directions:

  1. Place watermelon on baking pan with bottom side up. Cut a thin layer off to make a stable base for the centerpiece and to prevent it from rolling off the table.
  2. Turn watermelon around and use marker or pen to outline the opening of the baby carriage. You will also need to draw the outline of the handle on the top of the part you are cutting out.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut along the outside of the marked lines. Carefully push knife down about 2 inches and slowly follow outline.
  4. Once the outline is done, cut through the watermelon to be able to detach the top part of the carriage. Gently lift the opening of the watermelon and smooth out the edges.
  5. Cut or scoop the watermelon out and put in a separate container. If you did not purchase a seedless watermelon, you will also need to remove the seeds. Keep removing the watermelon until you are left with a thin layer of red along the inside of the carriage.
  6. If desired, cut small triangles along the carriage opening to create a cute decorative edge for your fruit basket.
  7. Finish cutting out the carriage handle from the top part of the watermelon. You will need to cut the inner triangle first and gently pop out. Next cut around the outside of the handle and trim away the watermelon.
  8. Insert 2 toothpicks at the bottom of the handle and attach it to the inside of the carriage. Gently push in the toothpicks to secure and cut the excess off with a pair of scissors.
  9. To make the wheels, I used 4 orange slices and attached these to the outside of the carriage with toothpicks. You can also add a smaller slice of fruit such as a grape for the hubcaps and secure a toothpick. Cut off the excess length with scissors.
  10. When completely happy with the design, add the watermelon and other fruit to the inside of the baby carriage. Carefully place on serving tray and set out on food table.

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To plan out this centerpiece project, you will need to schedule 3 or more hours to complete the watermelon baby carriage. I spent about 2 hours the day before the baby shower cutting and transforming the watermelon into a carriage. An hour before the shower started, I added the finishing touches and filled the inside with the different fruits.

So if you are looking for fun and cute centerpieces for your baby shower, make a watermelon baby carriage that your guests will be sure to love. All of your hard work will be well worth it when you see that smile on mommy-to-be's face!

I hope you have found a great guide for making a watermelon baby carriage to display at your upcoming baby shower. If you have any questions or comments about this project, please feel free to leave these in the comment section below. Enjoy your watermelon creation!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      That is really beautiful - what a clever idea to make a baby carriage out of a watermelon!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Millionaire Tips! My sister found this idea and I was like - you want me to make what?? But when she showed me the picture, I immediately agreed to make it. It was a big hit at the shower with all the guests! Appreciate you stopping by and for your sweet comments!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is such an adorable idea! Again, your talent is incredible and so glad that you share them with us. The fruit is a great way to provide some healthy fun. Voted up.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Aww thanks teaches12345! I went a little overboard buying the fruit for the carriage so we are having one big healthy fruit fest today at our house. We had fruit for breakfast, lunch, and with dinner :) Appreciate you stopping by, for the vote up, and for your sweet comments!

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      PartyPail 5 years ago from www.partypail.com

      Beautiful centerpiece idea. Thank you for such detailed instructions! I love the idea of using a cantaloupe, grapes and a strawberry to create a little baby to place inside the carriage. How fun!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      cute idea! and the video was very helpful. Voted up and awesome (would have been "cute" if there had been a cute button)

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Great idea, I'll have my wife check this out, for the next baby shower .

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      melissa 5 years ago

      Great idea and so helpful for those of us who struggle with what to do for a shower. I know what I will be making for the next baby shower!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks partypail! I wanted so much to make that baby but the mommy-to-be does not like cantaloupe so I was forbidden by my sister to add that fruit in there. Too bad it would have been so cute! Appreciate you stopping by and for your kind comments!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Danette! I totally agree that there should be a "cute" button and I have always wanted a "yummy" button too :) So happy you found the video useful - that comment just made all that time spent on editing worth it! Thanks so much for your sweet comments and for the votes!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks DS Duby! Happy to hear you will be passing this on to your wife. Hope it turns out well for her if she decides to make one. Appreciate you dropping in for a visit!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Melissa! Happy to hear you will be trying this idea out. Hope your guests enjoy it :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That is really cute! Thanks for the great video and tips!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks randomcreative! It turned out to be a big hit at the baby shower. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What an amazing video! You are incredibly creative. I can imagine that it was a huge hit at the baby shower!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Aww thanks Robin! You just made my day with your sweet comment. It was fun to make and put a big smile on the mommy-to-be's face :)Appreciate you stopping by!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I love this idea! It almost makes me wish that I had another baby shower to plan!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is an uniquely creative and cute idea! Though the video is not visible to me, however the instructions, tips and the photos, esp the wonderful end-result are well-explained. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome and Interesting. Voted up and Socially Shared.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Cara! I want to make another one just so I can make the cute cantaloupe baby to go inside :) Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much ishwaryaa22! I'm sorry you weren't able to view the video but happy to hear the instructions and pictures are clear and helpful in making the centerpiece. Appreciate your sweet comments, votes, and for sharing!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Alissa this is so cute and an excellent idea for a baby shower! Your video was well done and very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

      voted up and sharing! Pinned :)

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much missolive! So happy to hear the video was helpful in creating the baby carriage :) I really appreciate you stopping by, the vote up, and for sharing!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      How clever! I want to throw a baby shower just so I can make this watermelon carriage! Soo cool! This took 3 hours?! Wow, I think it would take me forever, but you made this look so professional! :)

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Aww thanks Cyndi! It was so cute. I have been harrassing my sister ever since to hurry up and have some babies so I can make another one :)Hope you get the chance to make one! Appreciate you stopping by and for the sweet comments!

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      This is great! I hope to make one myself - thank God, my friends have tons of babies :) It would be a great surprise - I don't think there has to be a special occasion for it. Any day is just as good!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks vox vocis! That is a great idea - gathering up a bunch of friends and unwinding with a fruit filled carriage sounds like a good time to me :) Hope your friends enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      rose 4 years ago

      how do you secure the ribbon to the watermelon carriage

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Rose! You can either use dots of hot glue or I have even heard of some people using dots of honey to secure the ribbon around the edge of the watermelon.

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      J.Martinez 4 years ago

      My friend really could have used this last wkend.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Maybe you or your friend can use this idea for a future baby shower. It's always a big hit with all the guests. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Carol 4 years ago

      I really would like to know how u make the baby made out of cantoloupe!!! Please baby shower in a couple of days!!!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Carol! Remove the skin off of a cantaloupe to act as the head of the baby and place inside the baby carriage on top of the fruit. Then with toothpicks insert a round shaped fruit such as grapes into the cantaloupe for the eyes and nose. You could cut a strawberry or use apple slices for the mouth. I have seen a variety of fruit used on the face so don't feel limited to those suggestions. I have also seen a cantaloupe baby with a pacifier inserted for the mouth just to give you another idea. Hope this info helps!

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      TattooKitty 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Wowzers!!! What a refreshingly fruity idea...I love it. Seems like I've been going to so many showers lately, I'd really like to try making this for the next one. Thanks for the wonderful & easy how-to!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much TattooKitty! It does take some time to make but it was all worth it because it was a big hit at the shower. Hope your future shower guests enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by and adding your sweet comments!

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      Magdaleine 4 years ago

      Very smart. You are so creative! Beautiful water melon baby carriage.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Magdaleine! Appreciate you stopping by and adding your sweet comments!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is darling, creative and beautiful..What else can I say?

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      You are too sweet carol7777! Appreciate you stopping by and adding your kind words!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This is just adorable! It's a good idea to present it as a video on top of the written explanations because some people are more visual!

      Voted up, beautiful and awsome :-)

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks kidscrafts for all the votes! Happy to hear the video is useful to those trying to make it :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Great hub, with step-by-step and clear instructions. It's the kind of fruit carvings that I see from the hotel buffets. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome/useful. :)

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much vibesites! Appreciate all your sweet comments and votes! :)

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      titi6601 4 years ago

      I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Happy to hear you love this idea titi6601! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      A very different idea! It's so cute and attractive. The video included in the hub is very useful in preparing this easily. I loved it a lot. I will soon try it as a table decor. Great hub!

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      Lisa Brown 3 years ago from Michigan

      This is such a great centerpiece for a baby shower. I love it. You make it seem so easy to make too. I wrote a hub on empty frozen fruit bowls and this carriage could be frozen empty, and pulled out when you need it.

      It will keep the fruit inside very cold. Thanks for such a great idea.

      Lisa

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Kevin and lisasuniquevoice! Great idea of freezing the carriage. Will have to try that next time. Appreciate you both stopping by and commenting!

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      Kept private 2 years ago from Northeast United States

      Neat idea ! :) thank you for sharong .

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