How to Make a Watermelon Margarita Keg


Want an unique way to serve a refreshing, summer drink at your next outdoor gathering? Try making this keg created from a watermelon and a handful of plumbing supplies.

Watermelon keg

Things You’ll Need

  • Large oval shaped watermelon

  • Small bowl

  • Large kitchen knife

  • Zester

  • Graphite paper

  • "Margarita" template or your own label

  • Pencil

  • Craft carving tools or knife

  • Scrap of craft foam

  • Scissors

  • Apple corer

  • 3/4 inch PVC ball valve

  • 3/4 inch 90 degree elbow

  • 3/4 inch PVC pipe, 1 1/2 inch long, (2)

  • 3/4 inch PVC coupler

Step 1: Carve the Watermelon

Sit the watermelon upright in a small bowl so that it stands as straight as possible. Cut the top off of the watermelon.

cut off the top of the watermelon

Lay the watermelon on its side and carve a straight line about one inch from the top and another one near the bottom, using the groove cutter on a zester tool.

cut grooves

Print out the provided template or make your own label. Tape a piece of graphite paper to the center of the watermelon and place the template on top and tape it into position.

tape template in place

Trace each side of the letters from the template.

trace letters

Remove the template and carve the letters using a craft carving knife. Be careful not to cut too deep.

carve letters close up of carving

Step 2: Hollow out Watermelon

Turn the watermelon upright in the bowl and scoop out the insides with a large spoon.

scoop out insides more scooping

Step 3: Assemble the Faucet

Thoroughly wash a scrap of craft foam, and then trace the circumference of a piece of the 3/4 inch pipe onto it.

trace pipe circumference

Cut out the craft foam about 1/8 inch inside the marked line and set aside.

cut center of gasket

Connect the 90 degree elbow to the ball valve with one of the short pieces of PVC pipe. Attach the second piece of pipe to the opposite side of the valve.

assemble fautes faucet assembly

Step 4: Tap the Watermelon

Place the watermelon on its side and use an apple corer to cut a hole centered along the carving.

cut the hole

Insert the tap assembly through the hole.

insert faucet

Place the foam over the pipe on the inside of the watermelon and push it up tight against the side.

gasket in place

Step 5: Serve

Pour in your favorite beverage. We prefer watermelon margaritas, and you can find an easy recipe here.

pour in beverage

Replace the top of watermelon.

place the top of the watermelon

Serve your favorite beverage and enjoy the party!

using the faucet

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