- Wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.
- 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.
- 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.
- Outline the skull template using the dry erase marker.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Place on a tray and add watermelon balls to serve.