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Watermelon Poinsettias

Yesterday while at my chiropractor’s office, I saw a live poinsettia plant that has the same colors as poinsettias carved from watermelons. It inspired me to write this post and share some watermelon poinsettia carvings by students and me.

Watermelon Colored Real Poinsettia

watermelon colored poinsettia

The colors of this poinsettia remind me of the colors of the rind and fruit of watermelons carved with the poinsettia pattern.

Watermelon Poinsettias carved by Learners

Here are a few of the watermelon poinsettias that some of my students have carved. You can see how they took the idea and made their own variations.

poinsettia watermelon carving by Strato

This watermelon poinsettia was carved by Strato Cotsilinis of New Zealand. See how the colors are so similar the the real poinsettia pictured above?

I have now been carving for over a year and up to recently was only carving freehand designs rather than structured patterns.

However your poinsettia watermelon carving video inspired me to try the structured patterns and I have been very pleased with the results.

I would thoroughly recommend the videos to any new carvers as they are very easy to follow and your teaching style is very user friendly.

Best Wishes
Strato C

watermelon poinsettia centerpiece by Liana B

Liana Buciuman carved this pretty poinsettia and used it as a centerpiece of a floral arrangement. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Dear Nita,
Thank you for the Holiday inspirations and the recent Poinsettia Watermelon Carving video- it came right on time for me for this time of the year.
I have again tried my hand at a Poinsettia carving following your new online course, and I came up with this centerpiece I brought for my neighbors holiday party – again, lots of ooohh, and aaaahhs :).
Liana’s first carved watermelon poinsettia
Your instructions are very clear and the close ups, the quality of the recordings are exceptional..
I find it is very good how you bridge over the different levels of difficulty that fill some of the gaps for the less experienced.
The availability of the video on line also makes a big difference also – it is very convenient and I was able to start carving right away after watching it –
I recommended your site to other quests who were amazed at the results – some of the compliments I have gotten were “I have only seen this kind of carving by master chefs, at culinary exhibitions!”-
I know it wasn’t perfect 🙂 -also from your instructions, I can see my mistakes and places I can improve – and I promise I will keep practicing, and keep looking up at the wonderful inspirations you have on your website.
Thank you again for enabling bringing more beauty and inspiration to my family and friends special celebrations!
Wishing you and your beloved Very Happy Holidays! and all the best for the New Year, 2015!
Liana B

Here is a closer look at Liana’s watermelon poinsettia carving.

liana's poinsettia watermelon

Here is a closer look at Liana’s poinsettia watermelon carving before she added the flowers around it.

You can learn how to carve watermelon poinsettias with our Poinsettia Watermelon Carving video lessons.

poinsettia watermelon carving dvd

Click the image above to learn more about our watermelon Poinsettia lessons.

One of Janette Cancel's first watermelon poinsettias

One of Janette Cancel’s first watermelon carvings of poinsettias

watermelon poinsettias by Janette Cancel

Another of Janette’s first watermelon poinsettias

Try Unevenly Sized Leaves

The real poinsettia has unevenly shaped leaves. The size of the leaves change dramatically from the first inner row to the next. So, if you want, you can do the same with your poinsettia carvings.

Notice that the leaves of the poinsettia are irregular in size.

Notice that the leaves of the poinsettia are irregular in size.

poinsettia carving by Nita Gill

On this carving, I attempted to make the leaves more irregularly shaped. I could have varied the sizes even more to make it look more like a real poinsettia.

Another variation – Nita Gill’s first Poinsettia watermelon carving

carved watermelon Poinsettia by Nita

One more variation idea. You can carve so that the green edges remain. This was my very first poinsettia carving. It’s not like any real poinsettia but it is pretty. When you don’t want to take the time to carve the tiny center flowers (that look like tiny buds) it’s OK to make one round center.

Learn to carve like a pro

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2 Responses to Watermelon Poinsettias

  1. Richard Testani December 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

    You are the best teacher ever I will send you some pictures.

    • Nita Gill December 10, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

      I’ll look forward to seeing your photos, Ric. Happy Holidays!

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