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Carved Vegetable Birds

There are probably as many ways to make carved vegetable birds as there are people who like to carve fruits and vegetables. In this article, I’ll show you a whole bunch of different style of carved birds. Some are elaborate and gorgeous, created by skilled carvers, while others are whimsical and easy for anyone to make.

Peacock Style Carved Vegetable Birds

carved diakon peacock

This peacock type bird with cascading tail feathers was carved from Diakon, carrots and beets. Customer of our lessons, Susan Belden Lombardo made this beautiful display for the Grand Opening of Story Point senior living facility.

Hi Nita.  Thank you for bring such a wonderful teacher!
Susie Belden Lombardo

back of carved diakon bird.

Here is a better look at the cascading tail feathers of Susan’s beautiful bird.

Daikon carved vegetable bird by Aneta Lekas

Pro carver Aneta Lekas’ gorgeous carved fruit and vegetable display features a peacock type bird carved from diakon.

Hello Nita,
My favorite events are weddings.
I often do something special for a new couple to make their wedding
Aneta Lekas

Watermelon peacock by Kate Kierat

Customer/student Kate Kierat carved this peacock type bird into a watermelon. She extended the tail feathers by attaching additional ‘feathers’ carved from the watermelon rind.

Other fancy carved birds with long tail feathers

carved vegetable bird by Yolanda Diaz

Customer (and former student of our lessons) Yolanda Diaz is now a professional carver. She carved these beautiful melons and topped her display with a fancy bird carved from diakon.

carved kabocha squash bird.

This lovely bird with long tail feathers was carved by customer /student turned pro, Saada Al-Taie, in the Sultanate of Oman. Kabocha squash, which is sometimes known at Japanese pumpkin, is great for carving these types of birds.

If you are not familiar with Kabocha squash, watch the video on my blog here.

Saada's carved vegetable bird

Here is a closer look at Saada’s carved vegetable bird. Each long tail feather can be attached with toothpicks or pins.

Carved taro bird by Dale Urnos

This beautifully ornate bird is carved partially from taro root. It was carved by Dale Urnos

Carved Birds in Flight

Graceful carved vegetable bird by Dale Urnos

This gracefully shaped and intricately carved bird with spread wings was also carved by Dale Urnos. Look at the detail in the carving of the feathers. a purchased googly eye is used for it’s eye.

bird about to fly by Susie Lombardo

This carved vegetable bird that looks like it’s about to take off in flight was created by Susie Lombardo.

Kabocha squash bird by Helen Ashuntantang

This bird that appears to have been carved from Kabocha squash or butternut squash by customer/ student Helen Ashuntantang.

Love Birds

Carved Vegetable birds for a wedding by Moe Rosensaft

Moe Rosensaft carved these daikon birds and arranged them as love birds for a wedding.

Moe's love birds from a different angle.

Here is a closer look at Moe’s love birds from a different angle.

Janette-Cancel's love birds carved onto a watermelon

customer / student Janette-Cancel carved these love birds into a watermelon to celebrate a wedding.

Janette's carve roses around the love birds

You can see how Janette carved roses and leaves around the love bird design.

You can learn to carve watermelon roses in my video lessons, Carving Watermelons Roses, Buds and Leaves.

Flock of Little Carrot Birds

Ernesto Alvarez' flock of carved vegetable birds made of carrots

Ernesto Alvarez who had carved for top government organizations at the White House carved a flock of small carrot birds to top this watermelon carving.

When adding eyes to carved vegetable birds, you can use glass eyes that come on wires. They are ready to stick right into your vegetable carving. Realistic looking glass eyes can be found in many sizes online. However, simple household items can make great eyes for birds, too. Try using pins with round heads, tiny thumbtacks with round heads, or even spices like whole cloves and whole pepper corns. round bits of vegetable skins and fruit peels can be used for simple eyes as you’ll see in the examples below.

Simple to Make Birds

tangerine bird by Sherine

This adorable tangerine bird was made by Sherine Moustafa. I’ve included this photo to show how you can make fruit bird so very easily.

Eggplant penguins by Rey Alaras

Another cute simple idea is to make Penguins from eggplant. Make sure to brush the cut areas with lemon or soak for a couple of minutes in salted ice water to delay the oxidization that can make the white areas turn brown. Rey Alaras made these.

Zucchini rooster by Omusugu Henry

This zucchini rooster is a fun way to serve a veggie tray. Omusugu Henry create this one.

Caged Birds

Crookneck squash birds by Rani Patel

Rani Patel’s crookneck squash birds with carrot beaks are displayed within a cage made of honeydew and wooden skewers. A V-cutter tool like those we have for sale in our shop can be used to make all the fuzzy looking feathers. The same technique was used to make my Easter chicks.

Now that you have seem a wide variety of carved vegetable birds, have fun making some of your own. If you are looking for more bird carving ideas, take a look at our blog post about Melon Swans. You’ll also find a variety of blog posts that feature birds carved from fruits and vegetables throughout my blog.

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5 Responses to Carved Vegetable Birds

  1. Janette September 17, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Absolutely amazing! Looking forward when you offer the lessons so we can learn how to carve them too.

  2. Shonibare Abosede September 28, 2018 at 2:49 am #

    Thanks for being a wonderful teacher. Thanks for sharing the pictures. More grease to your elbow

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