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)
- When choosing a watermelon look for one that is (relatively) flat on bottom.
- 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.
- A few inches from the bottom of the watermelon, cut a hole slightly smaller than the spigot.
- Gently screw the faucet in the hole.
- 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.
- Screw on the adapter (optional – slide the O-ring onto the back of the faucet).
- Test for leaks by filling up the melon with water, and turning on the faucet.
- Fill up “dispenser” with drink of your choice.