Mummy Watermelon Carving is a Unique Halloween Decoration

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A mummy watermelon carving is a unique halloween party decoration. It’s so easy to do with this step by step tutorial. (And you can eat watermelon while you carve!)

Carving Tips

  • To make cutting and slicing easier, the watermelon should be at room temperate when carving.
  • Cut a small, thin, flat piece from the bottom of the watermelon to provide a stable base for carving.
  • Draw the design on the watermelon rind with a dry-erase marker before cutting. If you make a mistake, this can make it easier to wipe off.
  • Use a sharp knife with a pointed tip for easier, cleaner cuts. Consider a paring knife with a smaller tip for ease of detail.
  • Blend scraps of watermelon that are too messy for dicing or slicing to create an easy juice.

Photos and instructions by National Watermelon Promotion Board. To get more carving ideas and instructions, visit

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Watermelon Mummy Carving Tutorial

Yield: 1 watermelon carving
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes

Step by step instructions for the Mummy watermelon carving for a Halloween decoration or Mummy Party.


  • 1 oval or round watermelon
  • Blueberries or bloody candy eyes
  • Cheesecloth
  • Battery-operated candle


  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen knife and paring knife
  • Pin and dry erase marker for eyes
  • Assorted peelers
  • Small bowl and scoop
  • Fluted melon baller, if desired


  1. Wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.
  2. On a cutting board, place the watermelon on its side and use the kitchen knife to cut off 1/4”-1/2” from the bottom, being careful not to cut to deep into the white part of the rind. This will provide a sturdy base. Cut 1/2”-3/4” from the stem end to create an opening for a bowl to be added filled with watermelon balls.
  3. Draw eyes, nose and a mouth, along with wavy slits around the carving to let more light flow through with the dry erase marker and use a paring knife to cut them out, being sure to cut all the way through to the red.cut out watermelon pieces to carve
  4. Use a fluted or regular melon baller to hollow out the inside of the watermelon so a candle can illuminate the carving. Use a scoop to remove any excess watermelon.remove fruit with watermelon baller
  5. Peel all the green rind off the outside of the watermelon, different peelers worked well for different parts or the watermelon as to how flat or how rounded the melon was.
  6. Wrap thin strips of cheesecloth around the mummy carving and secure with a straight pin if needed. Put a battery-operated candle or light into the carving and fit a small bowl into the top of the carving. Trim away any excess rind to make the bowl fits securely.
  7. Fill the bowl with the melon balls to look like brains, and attach the candy eyes or blueberries to the eyes.

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Mummy Watermelon Carving is a Unique Halloween Decoration