(Just for the record, they came up with this pose on their own. I just asked them to get near the watermelon!)
My friend made a water melon bowl for a BBQ last week and all the children there were fascinated….and I think my two ate more than anyone else, so I thought it would be fun for us to recreate it. Again, my kids were still very fascinated with it and ended up being great helpers! Fun, cheap, easy and yummy…what is not to love about it!
What You Need:
- Watermelon – about the size of a Volleyball/Basketball
- 3 Bowls
- 1 – large enough to support watermelon while in the fridge
- 1 – to hold all the watermelon once it is scooped out
- 1- to mix the Jello in
- Melon scooper, ice cream scooper or large spoons
- Jello of choice – 2 large boxes
- Measuring cups
- Knife (the larger, the easier)
- Plastic Wrap
- Fruit (optional)
Send your kids away while you cut off the top of the watermelon! My little helpers hands were all over the place, so I sent them to go tickle their dad!
Scoop out the watermelon guts using a melon scooper. We don’t have one, but discovered an ice cream scooper works well as long as I didn’t care if the watermelon fruit did not looked pretty coming out. =D
You now have your Watermelon Bowl.
Get fancy and cut a V-design on the edge of the watermelon to fix the “it’s a plain watermelon” look.
Place Watermelon Bowl inside of a large bowl to give it support while it is setting in the fridge.
Boil water for Jello and follow Jello instructions and mix up in a separate bowl. Using ice for a 1/2 cup or so of the cold water helped cool off the water quickly, so it was not too hot before adding it to the Watermelon Bowl.
Add Jello to Watermelon Bowl. Cover and let it set in the fridge. If you want to add fruit to the Jello, wait about 1 hour to an 1.5 hours then add the fruit. I was surprised at how fast the Jello set even though it seemed like it was pretty deep. It was finished chilling 5 hours after putting it in the fridge!
My kids were so excited about eating from this bowl that they went down for naps with no fights because they were told they could have it if only they took a nap! They also tell everyone that comes over about their creation. It was a lot of fun and really easy to make!
Not so Molly Mormon After-All saysJune 1, 2010 at 10:48 am
Super cute itdeas…found you on MMB! Keep up the good work!
Mellisa Rock saysJune 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm
This is such a cool idea! I am going to have to try this for my kids! I was super excited to see that you recommend one of your friends to my blog WIN MY YEAR – I feel bad – it's a little dormant right now – I have no time for it – You can find me and your button at my personal blog Getting all my Ducks in a Row – I love all your fun kids ideas and sorry to have missed out on so many! I will be checking in with you more! Thanks again for the great idea!
Cranberry Morning saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:36 am
Cute, especially darling photo of the kids. 🙂
Jackie saysJune 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm
MMM! What a good idea! I'm going to try this!
Simply Sara saysJune 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm
What a fun idea! My kids are going to love this one!
Thanks for sharing!
★All Thingz Related★ saysJune 3, 2010 at 9:05 am
Thats yummy and fun! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related! ~Bridgette
L ~DIY Diva~ saysJune 4, 2010 at 10:57 am
This is perfect for a party. I'll have to remember this one!
Thanks for linking to Make My Style Mondays.
Hope to see you again next week.
eileen-themissingpiece saysJune 5, 2010 at 4:18 am
great idea….love watermelon…love jello with fruit in it!
Summer saysJune 5, 2010 at 9:24 am
Thanks for linking up! I featured your idea on my blog today! Come grab a featured button!
Becca saysJune 6, 2010 at 8:28 am
What a cute idea! I bet the kids really loved helping. I teach kindergarten and I'm always shocked by how many kids are not involved in the kitchen. It's so great to see your kids creating in the kitchen with you. I love your blog. Thanks for linking up to Home and Family Friday. Hope to see you at the homeiswheremystorybegins linky party next week too!
Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity saysJune 7, 2010 at 4:03 am
Wow! What a creative idea-perfect for a birthday party. Thanks for linking up this week!
Kara@ Creations by Kara saysJune 9, 2010 at 6:47 am
This is such a fun idea. I bet it would be a hit at any potluck or party. Thanks for linking up!
Kaysi saysJune 9, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Great idea!!!! I love watermelon and jello, so what a great combination!
michelle@somedaycrafts saysJune 11, 2010 at 6:01 am
This is an awesome way to display jello (or really any salad!) I love it!
Susan saysJune 14, 2010 at 11:22 am
I am going to use this for every party this summer! And I don't even like watermelon…
Its A Blog Party saysJune 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm
This is very cute! Very clever!
Thanks for linking up!
alicia saysJune 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm
Thanks for linkin up. Great idea! Love it for summer parties.
CRAZYMOM saysJune 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm
This is so cool and very impressive looking!