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Christmas Poinsettia Tree and more

Take a look at how customer and professional caterer Deborah Cheeseman took the watermelon poinsettia idea and raised it to a new level of creativity. I received her photos a few days before Christmas.

My love gift for an aunt who passed away this holiday.
Her family asked for something special.
– Deborah Cheeseman

Christmas poinsettia tree by Deborah Cheeseman

You can learn how to carve poinsettia watermelons in our video lessons, Poinsettia Watermelon Carving. The video lessons are available as DVDs or Online Only. Whichever you choose, you will gain access to the lessons online so that you can get started right away.


Isn’t this poinsettia Christmas tree beautiful? It was made by Deborah Cheeseman.

Deborah’s Christmas Poinsettia tree was made to honor the passing of a beloved Aunt in rural area outside Mobile Alabama. Deborah started with a large platter for the base and stacked 4 more pedestal platters of descending sizes on top. She put small styrofoam wreaths on each level to skewer the lettuce and watermelon poinsettias into for stability! The pedestal plates with the melon poinsettias formed the shape of a Christmas tree. She filled the bottom platter with fruit. What a great idea!

When I asked about the stability, Deborah said that “The table was bumped several times and no problems! ”

one of Deborah's Christa=mas poinsettias close up

Here’s a closer look at one of Deborah’s watermelon poinsettias. You can get step by step instructions on how to carve watermelon poinsettias in our video lessons.

A few days before Christmas, I also a couple of other photos from students of my lessons.

Hello… Here is what I made with the help of your video! Thank you so much !

I simply did it as a practice, as I had just purchased the poinsettia class. People really loved it, specially my 5 year old. 🙂

-Danielle Plante

Christmas poinsettia and Santa Claus carvings by customer/student Danielle Plante

Christmas poinsettia and Santa Claus carvings by customer/student Danielle Plante. She did a great job, didn’t she?

You can learn how to carve graphic patterns like Danielle’s Santa in our video lessons, Carving Letters and Words. You can learn how to carve the Christmas poinsettias in our video lessons, Poinsettia Watermelon Carving.

The following is from a new student of my free radish bouquet lesson.

Hello Nita Gill,

I am a retiree who was fortunate to have found your site.
After I received your free video on radish carving, I tried it
out at a recent get-together.

I didn’t have a U tool or a yellow squash so I used a regular
paring knife and I used baby carrot slices for flower centers.
I used a large piece of Lo Bok for the base as I didn’t have a potato.
I also didn’t have any greens to go on the base.

My wife was impressed and I got some Wows from
our guests. Thanks. I look forward to more carving.

I attach a picture of my first effort – a vegetable tray with
radish bouquet centerpiece.


radish bouquet by Raymond

Ray’s 1st carving after viewing our free radish bouquet lesson. Pretty, isn’t it?

I hope that you liked seeing these pretty Christmas poinsettia carvings as well as the radish bouquet. Put these ideas to use and you are sure to hear ooohs and aaahhhs.

Learn to carve like a pro

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6 Responses to Christmas Poinsettia Tree and more

  1. David Watson December 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    Hello Nita,
    I have a couple of questions. What typically do you charge for a flowered watermelon or a centerpiece.

    Do you charge by the piece or by the hour?

    Also I am about to order all of your CDs.
    Do you recommend certain ones to practice on first versus other options?

    Thank you Nita for such wonderful work, dedication and teaching your talents to the rest of us.

    • Nita Gill December 28, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi David,
      The short answers:
      1. Ultimately the time it takes to create a piece is always factored into the price even when the price is per piece.
      2. The 101 Course for Beginners is a great place to start learning the art of fruit and vegetable carving. You’ll find more advice on our page titled, Which lessons are best for you at //
      I responded to your questions in more detail via email. Have you received the email?
      Thank you for your kind words.

  2. Carl Franklin Jones December 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    Those are so awesome. Deborah’s poinsettia tree was just amazing. Thank you for sharing the techniques. I’ll start playing wit the idea. I think we should take carving ideas and ‘create’ our own versions, when possible. This continues the never ending creative flow of ideas.

    Blessings in the coming year Nita and carving friends.????

    • Nita Gill December 29, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Yes, Deborah came up with an awesome idea. It’s always fun to see how my student/customers and blog readers add their own creative twists. Creativity is endless.
      Thanks for the blessings Carl. I wish you all the best, too.

  3. Elaine December 29, 2015 at 1:30 am #

    Pictures look absolutely beautiful very creative

  4. Mary December 11, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Absolutely awesome! So appreciated the sharing of how the beautiful carvings were assembled. Thank you for sharing & posting these inspirational works of art!

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