Watermelon Fruit Bowl

A cute summer watermelon fruit bowl basket for summer cookouts


  • oblong seedless watermelon
  • fresh fruits like – cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, blueberries, sliced grapes, and more

bug-shaped fruit:

  • whole cloves
  • grapes – I used green seedless grapes
  • strawberry
  • toothpicks


making a watermelon fruit bowl

  • place the watermelon so it will be as it sits upright
  • leaving a basket handle rind down the middle, on the top half of the watermelon, carve out a large U shape on either side – refer to the photo for help

making a watermelon bowl into a basket

  • cut the flesh away from the rinds and place it into a large bowl

making a watermelon bowl into a basket

  • scoop out the rest of the watermelon flesh, cube, and place with the rest of the watermelon

cut up fruit for watermelon bowl

  • cut up the rest of your fruit and toss it with the watermelon

filling up watermelon fruit bowl

  • spoon the fruit salad into the watermelon bowl

adding a grape caterpillar to watermelon fruit bowl

  • cut toothpicks in half to attach a grape caterpillar to the handle
  • place grapes going in opposite directions to make the caterpillar look like it’s moving

adding a fruit ladybug to watermelon fruit bowl

  • add a strawberry and grape to the rind with a toothpick
  • insert cloves for dots and eyes


Make-Ahead and Storage

Can I make this watermelon fruit bowl ahead of time?

Yes and No. You can carve the watermelon and scoop out the flesh. Cut the watermelon into cubes and store it covered in the fridge. Prepare the other fruits by cubing them and placing each fruit in a separate container for storage.

Some fruits are probably not the best prepared in advance like strawberries, apples, pears, and bananas. They should be added at the last minute

How do I store a Watermelon Bowl?

Some fruits are more perishable than others and do not store well. For the most part, you can store cut-up fruit inside the bowl, covered, and in the refrigerator for 3-5 days

How to Keep Fruit Fresh Longer

  • using acidic juices like orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, or pineapple juice can lengthen the life of fruit. Just toss the fruit with the acidic juices to prolong their fresh quality
  • citrus sodas like 7-Up, Lemon-Lime Soda, and Sprite can also be tossed with fruit to lengthen their freshness

What fruit is good in a Fruit Salad Watermelon Bowl?

  • canteloupe
  • cubed honeydew
  • yellow watermelon – cubed
  • strawberries
  • sliced grapes
  • blueberries
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • cherries – seeded
  • kiwi
  • orange slices
  • blackberries