As my crafts get bigger and bolder, I've been breaking into Nate's tool selection a lot (much to his severe annoyance as I never put anything back in the right place). One of my favorite crafting tools is the RotoSaw, traditionally used for household tasks like adding electrical outlets and cutting cabinets or tile. I like to use it for wood crafts and carved watermelons and pumpkins.
Nate was exceptionally weary of my genius carved watermelon idea, since apparently watery fruit + power tools don't usually mix well. I took care to hollow out the watermelon before I carved it and then wore protective gloves.
I taped off a basket shape on the watermelon with painter's tape, and then cut out the triangles on each side with a kitchen knife, leaving the handle area intact.
I emptied out the insides of the carved watermelon (saving the fruit, of course) with a melon baller, then set the watermelon out in the sun for several hours to dry out.
Using the RotoSaw, I carved decorative designs into the skin of the watermelon. We went with stars to be festive since 4th of July is coming up. It takes a little practice to consistently make straight lines with the RotoSaw, but I've gotten to the point where I can pretty easily freehand all sorts of shapes.
Using a kitchen knife, I cut points into the basket section of the watermelon.
Filled it back up with the fruit and some blueberries and raspberries. Voila!
I even used a star-shaped cookie cutter on some of the larger watermelon chunks to be extra festive.