How to cut a watermelon to create a crib

Updated April 17, 2017

A crib, also known as a cradle or a cot, is a piece of furniture that is used as a bed for an infant. Whole watermelons can be cut into the shape of a crib, and the hollow centre can be filled with a fresh fruit salad. A watermelon crib makes a great centrepiece for a baby shower or for an Easter-themed celebration. All of the materials required to make a watermelon crib are available to purchase from kitchen stores or online retailers.

Place the watermelon onto the chopping board. Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise. Store one half of the watermelon in the fridge.

Insert the melon baller into the watermelon flesh, and drag it towards you to create a watermelon ball.

Tap the melon baller over a glass bowl to release the watermelon ball. Continue this technique until all the watermelon flesh has been removed.

Place the watermelon on your chopping board. Use the tape measure to locate the top centre of the watermelon. From this spot measure 1 inch on either side of the mark, to create a 2-inch-wide strip over the top half of the watermelon. This will form the crib handle. Mark the outline of the handle by gently inserting the knife into the watermelon skin.

Measure the height of the watermelon, and divide by two. Use this measurement to locate the middle of the watermelon. Gently score the watermelon skin along the bottom half of the watermelon, making sure that you don't score over the handle. Insert the knife into the marks, and carefully cut along half of the watermelon up to the handle edge. Cut down from the edge of the handle to the cut you just made. Remove the watermelon chunk. Repeat with the other side.

Insert the knife into the watermelon flesh underneath the handle, and carefully carve out the flesh.

Insert the melon baller into the bottom half of the watermelon, and scoop out the flesh. Repeat until no flesh remains. Be careful not to knock the handle when scooping.


The edge of the watermelon can be cut with a triangular, or curved pattern to create an interesting finish.


Do not lift the watermelon crib by its handle -- it is for decorative purposes only.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Bowl
  • Tape measure
  • Melon baller
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