How to make a watermelon pirate boat?

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I made this watermelon pirate boat for my nephew’s birthday and it was a huge success! It is ideal to make during the holidays with the kids or as a treat at a party. And it is not as difficult as it seems, in this blog I share an easy step-by-step plan. 

I saw this pirate boat once on Pinterest but I doubted whether I would ever make it because I’m not such a hero in crafts or decorating cakes etc. But when it was my nephew Vigo’s birthday I gave it a try, with big good luck! It was not at all as difficult as it seemed and everyone enjoyed it on the birthday. And it’s a healthy treat too! I was very proud of the result and would like to share my step-by-step plan with you.

What do you need for the watermelon pirate boat

  • 1 large watermelon
  • 3 long thin skewers
  • 6 long flat-backed tapas sticks
  • Piece of thin twine (eg roulade twine)
  • Image of a pirate flag (via Google or drawn yourself) 
  • 500 gr grapes 
  • Glue 
  • Optional: pirate doll (e.g. from Lego)
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How to make the watermelon pirate boat?

Place the melon horizontally on a firm surface. Using a sharp knife, cut about ⅓ from the top of the melon. Then cut a rectangle from the center of about 5 cm wide. Tip: also cut a very small piece from the bottom of the large piece of melon so that it remains firm.

Cut out the pulp of the lower part of the melon and cut it into pieces, this goes back into the melon later. Scrape the inside edges of the melon well with a spoon. Now the lower part of the boat is ready.

Now take the ⅓ melon that you cut from the top. Cut this into 3 pieces. Also cut the pulp from this and keep it. Take 1 piece of the melon rind and cut it in half or three to make masts for the ship. Pierce these pieces at the top and bottom on 2 skewers with the bulge in the middle. Insert the 2 skewers with the mast pieces into the bottom of the boat. 

Take a skewer and insert it through the front of the boat (through the point where the melon was attached to a branch) to the back so that the skewer runs through the boat from front to back. Tie a piece of rope to the piece of skewer that protrudes at the front and tie this at the top of the 2 masts and then to the piece that protrudes from the skewer at the back.  

Cut the tapas sticks in half. Stick the flat backed part of the toothpick into the side of the boat, 3 on each side. These are the oars. 

Mix the cubes of watermelon with the grapes and fill the boat with it. You can also take other fruits instead of grapes such as strawberries, pineapple or kiwi. Or mix several types of fruit.

Print out the pirate flag or draw one on paper. Fold these around the spikes of the masts and stick and/or stick them on the masts. If necessary, place a Lego pirate doll on the mast. And your watermelon pirate boat is ready! 

I also tried to make a kind of crow’s nest out of half a cardboard cup but it didn’t stay on the mast so in the end I just put the doll on top of it. But such a crow’s nest is of course a nice addition if it works.

Source: Leukerecepten by leukerecepten-nl.
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