How to make a Swashbuckling Watermelon Pirate Ship!

Make a swashbuckling watermelon pirate ship for your child’s next birthday party. It looks very impressive and is actually really easy, plus it’s healthy too!

How to make a watermelon pirate ship

First cut a thin slice from the bottom of the watermelon, so that it sits flat. Be careful not to cut into the flesh.

Then cut a long slice off the top of the watermelon as shown in A. Remove the top slice as shown in B and set it aside, as you will need it later.

Now you need to cut a wedge out of the watermelon. Cut across the watermelon, roughly 1 third along, as shown in image C, down to a depth of about 2 cm. Cut across the other end of the watermelon, roughly 1 third along, down to a depth of 2 cm. Then cut horizontally to join your cuts, as shown in image D, removing the wedge.










Use a melon baller to remove the melon flesh, as shown in image E.

When you have scooped out all the flesh, like in image F, put the melon balls into the fridge, to use later.

Scoop the flesh out of the top section of the melon, which you cut off in step A & B. It needs to be completely clean, as shown in image G.

Now cut the top section, so that you can make the pirate ship flags, as shown in image H.


Cut the flag pieces so that you have enough for 5 flags, as shown in image I. Discard the pieces you don’t need.

Now you can decorate your flags. I used a peeler, shown in image J, to cut stripes into 2 flags and completely peel 2, as shown in image K.

I then carved a skull and cross bones on the last flag using a small knife, as shown in image L.

Use wooden skewers to secure the flags into place and add a skewer at the front of the watermelon pirate ship for the bowsprit (I had to look up what that bit was called!)

Fill your watermelon pirate ship with the melon balls before the party. You could add other fresh fruit too, like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.

Now I just need a pirate party to go with it!

If you’re looking for pirate party ideas, take a look at my blog post ‘How to throw a swashbuckling pirate party.’ It includes pirate party food, pirate party activities and games, plus some easy DIY pirate decorations, to really set the scene.

Take the hassle out of organising the party by buying a Squidgydoodle Pirate Party in a box. It gives you more time to perfect your party food!

Take a look at my Pirate Party Pinterest board for even more ideas.

I’m not having a pirate party, I just want to make a watermelon pirate ship!

If you’re not having a pirate party, but just fancy an excuse to make a watermelon pirate ship, you could buy one of my pirate craft boxes to accompany it!


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Cup of Toast



  • Jo – Cup of Toast Posted June 23, 2018 8:09 pm

    Very creative! This looks like fun to make. I bet my boys would love it, they eat melon often so I know what we will be trying next time we have one…! Thanks for sharing with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

    • Debbie Denyer Posted June 24, 2018 2:25 pm

      Hi Jo, You’re more than welcome. It’s great fun to make and surprisingly simple, but looks impressive.

  • Jo – Pickle & Poppet Posted June 24, 2018 9:06 pm

    Wow! This is amazing! Very creative #Blogstravaganza

    • Debbie Denyer Posted June 25, 2018 11:10 am

      Thanks Jo. I’m glad you like it. It’s surprisingly easy to make.

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