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Pirate Girl Skull

  • 1 small-to-medium round seedless watermelon
  • Skull template
  • Kitchen knife & paring knife
  • Cutting board
  • Green dry erase marker
  • Large bowl & melon baller
  • Channel knife & Cut all knife (X-Acto knife is a cut all knife)
  • Decorations: black licorice rope disk for eye patch, bandana, hoop earring, flameless candles, etc.
  • Toothpicks or straight pins
  1. Wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.
  2. On a cutting board, place the watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4”-1/2” from the stem end, being careful not to cut too deep into the white part of the rind. This will provide a sturdy base.
  3. Using the paring knife, cut a 3-4” round circle in the top of the watermelon. Hollow out the watermelon with a spoon or scoop, reserving the watermelon pieces to make your melon balls to use around your watermelon carving.
  4. Outline the skull template using the dry erase marker.
  5. Use the channel knife to trim away the outline of the skull you made with the template. Once the outline is made, use a paring knife to trim away 1/4”- 1/3” space next to your outline, being carful to leave a few places, like the lower bones attached to the watermelon so the entire skull does not come completely away from the carving. (*If you do cut all the way around, use toothpicks to secure the skull back to the watermelon in several places).
  6. Carefully use the cut all knife to trim away extra green skin so that there is white trim showing all the way around your skull so it is more defined.
  7. Decorate with a black licorice disk attached with a toothpick or straight pin, tuck in a piece from a bandana or a hoop earring and add flameless candles to light up your carving.
  8. Place on a tray and add watermelon balls to serve.
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