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Cookie & Craft Shark Week: Watermelon Shark

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Oh hello!

I do find it strange that I hadn’t thought about carving a watermelon before. Its a lot like carving a pumpkin but much easier and rather then unavoidable messy scoop out and seed separation, delicious scoop out with very little mess. The National Watermelon Promotion Board (yes, there really is one!) has tons of ideas and suggestions for carving watermelon– one seemingly more clever than the next… needless to say I couldn’t resist a shark as my maiden carving voyage. Could there be a better centerpiece to your Shark Week Sunday Buffet than this watermelon shark bust that goes so well with our other shark cookies and crafts? I think not!

Here’s how I made our watermelon shark…

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Choose an oval shaped watermelon (I went with seedless). It’s good to have a few good, sharp knives at your disposal as well as paper towels… (Since I threw away our pairing knife by accident- dang- I used an exacto knife with a fresh, clean blade)
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Cut the bottom of the watermelon at a slight angle… reserve cut piece…
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Turn the watermelon back over and begin scooping out pieces. I didn’t have a melon baller so I used the scoop I use for drop cookies to scoop the melon into balls (it worked well!)…
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As I scooped, I periodically emptied the watermelon water from the melon, I also discarded strips with lots of seeds (seedless watermelons do have a few seeds)…
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Next I carved the mouth using an exacto knife, the shape is basically an upside down crescent moon…

For good reference to this shape check out our shark mouth template in this post. Of coarse it will have to be sized accordingly for your selected shark melon.

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I cut the negative shape of the mouth into sections so as to easier remove it…
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The teeth are so easy to carve using a sharp knife!
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I used a wedge from the inital angle cut to create the dorsal fin and scraped the melon down to the white…
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I used a toothpick to attach the fin…
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…and the blackberry eyes!
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This is the only time I would ever suggest feeding a shark! Add the watermelon balls back into the mouth…
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…appreciate the adorableness of your watermelon shark! Enjoy!

This is  fun and fabulous buffet “centerpiece” and a great project to do ahead of time. After making my shark friend, I wrapped him in plastic wrap and stored him in the fridge for 2 days before serving. The shark stayed perfectly intact and the watermelon was extra cold and super refreshing!

2 days and counting! Shark on friends! xo Dani

 

 

 

 

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DFiori

DFiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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