Oh my goodness! I just had to show you this! My friend, Yvette, told me she was inspired by Pinterest! Did I tell you she’s a Pinterest addict! She is! Well… honestly, I am too! If there’s a Pinterest Anonymous Group we may be forced to join at some point!
I just attended her daughter’s birthday party (Happy Birthday Lola!), and saw the cutest fruit tray ever!
It’s unbelievably simple! We can make it too!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 Large Watermelon (oval shape works best)
- Fruit: Grapes, blueberries, cantoloupe, pineapple or any other fruit you desire! I’ve also seen this done with those cute little Swedish Fish candies too! (I could total imagine this shark tray for a boys party too. Imagine you have red food coloring that comes out the side of the mouth as blood too! OH Boys love to see anything that resembles blood!)
- First, cut the bottom part of the watermelon at a diagonal (this will make the shark look as though he is coming out of the water).
- Next, cut a V-Shape cut (for the mouth) at the top of the watermelon. (Save the V-shape to make a fin later)
- Then you will want to carefully carve just the skin (rind) of the watermelon off about 1/2 inch on the top and bottom openings of the mouth. I would suggest a small carving knife for this!
- Next, completely hollow out the watermelon inside the shark. (Tip: they make a neat little melon baller tool like this one found HERE on Amazon). You may need to use a big spoon to smooth the insides after you get the best part out.
- Now it’s time to cut the teeth! You will cut only the 1/2 inch part where you removed the rind earlier. Use a small pairing knife and cut little triangles to make the teeth look sharp. At this point, you are left with a hollowed out shark body.
- Carve a small indention for the eyes on each side right above the mouth and use toothpicks to add either grapes or blueberries.
- Cut two small gills just under the eyes on the side of the mouth openings.
- Now take the V-shape piece that you removed from the mouth and remove the watermelon from it leaving only the rind left and cut small triangle for the fin. Attach it with two toothpicks to keep it secure.
- Finally, add the watermelon balls and all the other fruit in and around the bottom of the tray! You could take this to a whole new level by making some thick jello squares for the bottom of the tray to resemble water too. I can imagine this wouldn’t do to well in the sun though.
You gotta admit, this is so stinkin’ adorable, isn’t it?!! Thanks Yvette! I really enjoyed the fruit tray and Lola’s party!!!
Stay Crafty my Friends!