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Artie The Airplane

 Artie The Airplane
Need a centerpiece at your next summer get-together? Try this wonderful watermelon! It is so easy and will amaze your guests.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
1 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 large symmetrical watermelon (12 to 14 pounds)
  • Bamboo skewers and one round wooden toothpick
  • 1 red grape
  • 1 medium unpeeled kiwi


  • If necessary, cut a thin slice from bottom of watermelon so it sits
  • level. Using a sharp paring knife, trace outlines of tail pieces,
  • propeller and wings on the melon as shown in Fig. 1. Referring to
  • Fig. 2, cut and carefully remove sections A, B and C. Remove fruit
  • from sections, leaving 1/8 in. of fruit on the rind; set fruit
  • aside. Set sections B and C aside for back wings. From section A,
  • cut propeller, two side wings and two tail pieces; set aside.
  • Carefully remove fruit from the melon to form a shell. Cut all fruit
  • into cubes or balls. Set aside. Trim wings and tail pieces to fit
  • smoothly against the melon. Attach wings and tail with skewers (fig.
  • 3); trim skewers if necessary. Attach propeller with a toothpick;
  • insert grape on end of toothpick. Place one halved kiwifruit next to
  • airplane on either side for wheels as shown in photo. Fill with
  • reserved watermelon cubes, a salad or dessert. Yield: 1 watermelon
  • airplane.