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Watermelon Drink Dispenser

Looking to add some fun to the drinks department by your next barbecue, try this original watermelon drink dispenser. For this project, I requested the help of my father – in –law who is as “handy” as they come, to figure out how to construct this project. A trip to his favorite store (Home Depot) and a couple of simple instructions later, we had a functional drink dispenser. But handy or not, this is a cinch to make and is sure to take center stage at your next BBQ. 

What you’ll need:

  • large seedless watermelon
  • sharp knife
  • ½ inch hose bibb (available in the plumbing section of Lowe’s, Home Depot etc.)
  • PVC-to-faucet adapter that will screw into the back of the faucet (3/4 x ½ flush bushing  spig x rfpt)
  • Rubber O-ring that fits the back of the faucet (optional – a precautionary measure to assure no leakage)

 Instructions:

  1. When choosing a watermelon look for one that is (relatively) flat on bottom.
  2. Slice the top of the watermelon, and using a large spoon or melon baller remove the fruit. Pour out any excess juice from the bottom of the melon.
  3. A few inches from the bottom of the watermelon, cut a hole slightly smaller than the spigot.
  4. Gently screw the faucet in the hole.
  5. Inside the melon, carve away a little more fruit from around the back of the faucet (not too thin, or you may go through the rind) to make room for the screwing adapter.
  6. Screw on the adapter (optional – slide the O-ring onto the back of the faucet).
  7. Test for leaks by filling up the melon with water, and turning on the faucet.
  8. Fill up “dispenser”  with drink of your choice.

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