Watermelon Beetle AKA Fruit Salad the Fun Way

My Mom called me the other day and asked if I would bring a fruit tray to the family gathering we were having. To me, this was an open invitation for some fruit creativity. I mean, I could have just sliced up some fruit and plopped it on a plate. But really??? That’s not how we roll in my house. =o)

So my kids and I decided to make this instead.

It was really easy and doesn’t it look at least a little more exciting than a boring old fruit tray?

What you will need:

* small seedless watermelon

* cantalope or other kinds of fruit you would like to add

* 1 large lime

* 1 large marshmallow (I used a strawberry marshmallow that was pink)

* 1 green grape

* mandarin oranges

* tooth picks

This is how you do it!

Cut a small piece out of the bottom of the watermelon so that it will not roll off the counter. That’s kind of important. You don’t want your beetle driving off the table!

Now cut your watermelon in half. Then cut the top half in half again.

Scoop out the inside of the watermelon.

Cut the ends of the lime off and slice it into 6 slices.
Attach the “wheels” on with a toothpick.
For the “windshiels” of the beetle you will want to make a line about 1 inch from the center of one of the top pieces. Carefully peel the outer skin off of the watermelon. And attach this piece to the bottom half with toothpicks.

Cut the marshmallow in half. Attach with a toothpick, leaving the end of the toothpick out. Cut the grape in half and stick the grape on the toothpick end coming out of the marshmallow.

Cut a lime slice in half and peel the pulp part of the lime away. These will be the eyebrows. Attach with a toothpick.
Cut another slice of lime and attach one half for the mouth.
Attach a mandarine orange with a toothpick for the nose.
Now fill the “beetle” up with the cut up watermelon and any other fruit you would like.
And there it is… a watermelon beetle. What little person wouldn’t like to see this on the table???
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  1. You were right, Erin, this was so much more fun than a fruit plate. You and the kids are artists in the kitchen and everybody got a good chuckle out of this. And it was delicious to boot!

  2. So cute!

  3. SO FUN!!!! My little guy would would LOVE this.

  4. That is adorable! Cutest fruit salad I have ever seen:) Great idea..thanks!

  5. How sweet! I love it! I want to make one for my family now! Maybe for a birthday or something… Thanks for the idea.

    And thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on the cupcakes. They were pretty delicious. 🙂

  6. So cute!

  7. You make the cutest things! I have a bunch of your recipes and idea just waiting to be made. I always show my kids your creations. Of course when they saw this, they immediately said “can we make that!!”.

  8. Oh my gosh – how cute! This is SUCH a creative idea — i LOVE it!! 🙂

  9. this is so cute! I love it. Thanks for linking to Messy Monday. I think we’re going to try making hot dog sugar cookies this week. My kids can’t wait. 🙂

  10. Hey add a curly tail and ears and you’d have a PIG!!! Too cute, I’m sure everyone loved it:@)

  11. What a cute way to get kids to eat their fruit! You always have the best ideas.

  12. How adorable 🙂 I wish I had seen this before my kid’s birthday party a few days ago. Maybe next year 😀

  13. Too stinkin adorable! That’s the only part I like about the kitchen is the creative outlet it provides. This is so up my alley. Thanks so much for linkin up with tasty tuesdays and sharing this fun idea.

  14. This is so cute! I know my kids would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE doing this!

    Thanks for linking up to Summer Family Fun Tuesdays @ MommyTopics.com

    Rachymommy – MommyTopics.com

  15. How cute is that! I make watermelon boats quite a bit, but never thought of a beetle. LOL

    Thanks for linking up with me for Tasty Tuesday! 🙂

    Tree (aka Mother of Pearl)
    Mother of Pearl It Is

  16. That is so cute and yummy LOL

  17. What a wonderful idea!!

  18. I have a pirate ship version bookmarked for the boys fifth birthday LOL :p And you’re welcome, you’re welcome, you’re welcome! Be sure to grab my “Featured On” Button!!!!

  19. LOL! Where did you come up with this??
    Next up? Candy sushi! My kind of sushi 🙂

    Lamb’s Most Recent Post: Cornbread Muffins…with Hotdogs and Spinach!

  20. Do you deliver? This is great and yummy!

  21. Okay, okay! I’m totally impressed! I just would have plopped sliced fruit on a plate. I guess I’m being challenged to be more creative. Uh, oh. Not sure that’s a good thing. 🙂

  22. That is so cute! Great job! I can remember being awed when my mom would make a watermelon basket–she did the scoop thing to make perfect little cantaloupe and watermelon balls to put in the watermelon basket.

  23. Oh my word, this is just adorable and so creative!

  24. How cool! What a creative idea! I’m thinking he could pass for a pig, though. Lol! You did an awesome job!

  25. Very cute and creative! Thanks for sharing at It’s Party Time Thursday@PonyTails&FishScales!

  26. Ohhhh Ohhh this is so stinkin’ cute. I am going to make this next weekend.. Thanks for the share. I am a new follower. Kath’ from http://www.lilbitoldlilbitnew.blogspot.com

  27. Love this project! I bet that fruit got all eaten up too! Thanks for linking this to Sister Sister–I’m always looking for ideas to make eating fun at my house! Come back and link up this week!

  28. This is so cute! I usually just do the basket, but this is way more kid friendly. Thanks for sharing!

  29. How fun! This would really appeal to my kids.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t your mother ever tell you NOT to play with your food? I guess you don’t listen! ha! Although I find myself saying this to my son all the time- i secrectly think playing with food is fun! I would love it if you shared this with WorkShop Wednesday. It would be a great addition to the party!

  31. Thanks for linking to WorkShop Wednesday! Hope to see you this week!

  32. Erin what a precious little Betttle! That is the cutest little creation. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you will come back again real soon. Have a great week!
    Miz Helen