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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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 watermelon airplane


  • 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.

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  • belly12
    Jun 25, 2012


  • KScales
    Jul 5, 2011

    The Nutrition Facts will be removed from this recipe when it is updated since this is really more of a serving bowl, than an actual recipe to be eaten. While watermelon flesh is fat-free, the seeds aren't. The original calculation was based on 1 person eating the whole watermelon - seeds and all! We apologize for the confusion and it will be corrected soon.Taste of Home Test Kitchen

  • constancegt
    Jul 4, 2011

    I would like to know how in the world this has 1,446 calories and 19 grams of fat ---- it's all fruit.......???

  • Moncherie1105
    May 19, 2010

    It was a hit with my grandson. The link took me right to the diagram. It is a PDF file and will probably not open without Adobe. I had no problem getting it. Thanks!

  • levi2008
    Aug 5, 2009

    I have received this recipe two times and the figures are never with the pictures telling you how to cut the pictures into the shapes you need.

  • levi2008
    Jul 30, 2009

    I could not get into the other site you posted.

  • hgergen
    Jul 1, 2009

    Here is a link to the carving template/diagram. Enjoy!

  • nvokies
    Jun 16, 2009

    The recipe refers to Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. but no diagrams appear.