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Creative Corner: Watermelon Shark

I was having trouble thinking of a Creative Corner for this beautiful Monday in July. I searched through DIY sites for a fun summer project, but nothing was catching my eye. Then I stumbled upon a  “make your own watermelon shark”. Yep, a watermelon carved into a shark. Well, I love watermelon and I’m pretty sure July is the month of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, so I thought, why not share this with you all?

It is summer after all and watermelon is a delicious and easy snack for everyone to enjoy! But maybe just cutting it up into triangular slices isn’t enough anymore. Why not get extra creative and carve your watermelon into a shark for your next family BBQ?

Check out this article for the step-by-step guide on how to make your own Watermelon Shark (http://makezine.com/2015/07/11/make-shark-fruit-bowl-watermelon/)!

PS: If you want an extra treat, run to Bulk Barn and get some little candy fish and throw them in there! Yum yum yum!

Creative Corner – Giant Jenga

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend! If you live in the Niagara Region you know that the weekend was full of rain, lightning, thunder, and grey skies! For me that meant doing some shopping, some cleaning, and binge watching Mad Men! But, I’m hoping Canada Day and next weekend will be hot and sunny because I want to play some outdoor games! Two summers ago I took it upon myself to make a backyard game for my friends and I. I decided I was going to make “LIFE SIZE JENGA”! Now, it’s not actually life size, just big. After some researching and an awkward trip to Home Depot, Giant Jenga was ready! My friends absolutely loved it and it we have some pretty hilarious memories of us playing it at the cottage!

Here is the tutorial of how to make Giant Jenga yourself:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/08/make-this-giant-jenga.html

I went to Home Depot and bought and cut the wood there. Unfortunately I didn’t do the math right and all my pieces were an inch too long! So my friend let me use her table saw and I cut an inch off every single piece (don’t make the same mistake as me, or just tell Home Depot what you’re planning on doing!). I didn’t bother sanding the sides but if you have kids this is an important step. Slivers aren’t fun!

Mine was bigger than this and stood about 5 feet tall from the ground (you can make it any size you want). The fun thing about this project is you can be creative with the blocks. In the tutorial, they pained their blocks different colours. I painted different rules and challenges on my blocks (example: do a cartwheel, only use your left hand, etc.) to make it really interesting. I guarantee your friends and family will love this game!

Have fun!