A Fun Shovel and Pail Shaped Watermelon For Fruit Salad

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A fun summer-themed watermelon fruit bowl.


  • A watermelon that can stand on its end
  • Fruit to add to your bowl beside the watermelon – like, cantaloupe, grapes, kiwi, honeydew, blueberries, etc…
  • Lollipop sticks or wooden skewers
  • A Beach Shovel for scooping
  • Optional – Star cookie cutter (small) for starfish
  • Optional – crushed graham crackers for sand

Other Equipment:

  • Sharp knife for carving
  • Large spoon
  • Large bowl
  • Cutting board


What a fun and simple idea for fruit salad! This shovel and pail watermelon is perfect for holidays, summer picnics, and Ocean birthday parties like Finding Dory or whatever!

  • Cut a small (about 3 inches down) portion off of the top of the watermelon, cutting as evenly as you can
  • Scoop out the watermelon, cut it into cubes, and throw it into the large bowl
  • Cut up your other fruit and toss it with the watermelon
  • Using the top of the watermelon, cut about a 2-inch slice off of the bottom of the watermelon top
  • Cut about 1/3 of that watermelon ring off so it resembles a U
  • Use a knife to cut any of the watermelon away from the green rind
  • Now you have a handle
  • Using a sharp knife, puncture holes on either end of your handle
  • Line the handle up with the top of the watermelon, in the place you think it looks best, and puncture holes where the ones on the handle line up
  • Cut your lollipop stick in half, so it’s about 3 inches long, and insert it through the holes you’ve made – attaching the handle
  • Fill the watermelon with the cut-up fruit and other fresh fruit
  • Insert your shovel and you are done, my friend!


  • If you want, cut some star fish out by using a small star cookie cutter and fruit
  • You can also sprinkle some fake sand around the serving tray – crushed graham crackers


Storage – watermelon is very perishable once cut into. I would make this the day of your party or event, cover, and store it in the refrigerator until ready

Strawberries – They get soggy quickly. Add your sliced strawberries right before serving and toss in